Touchdown Reggie Brown!

ATHENS -- It's not unusual on a Sunday, the only real day of rest for Georgia's football players, for Bulldog quarterback David Greene to see his neighbor hop on a bicycle and head off on a 30-mile ride.

"It's crazy," Greene said.

It's also what teammates have come to expect from senior wide receiver Reggie Brown, whose devotion to physical fitness and obsessive caretaking of his body are remarkable even among a group of 100 college football players.

"He's got a car, and still he rides that bike everywhere," linebacker Odell Thurman said.

While dozens of Brown's teammates for the No. 3 Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) get around campus on motorized scooters, he rides a 10-speed through the rolling hills of campus.

"I can beat half the scooters they have," Brown said.

That John Henry-like boast doesn't seem too farfetched to Brown's teammates, who have seen plenty of amazing things from him already. He can bench press more than twice his 196-pound body weight, and he squats 550 pounds. He also has the best vertical leap on the team at 43.5 inches.

"Plain and simple, Reggie is a freak, a freak of nature," cornerback DeMario Minter said.

For Brown, whose work ethic was nurtured under Ben Scott at Carrolton High, it's simply a way of life.

"That's the only way I know to go about things," he said. "That's how we did things in high school. It's just something I enjoy doing. I like staying in shape because it makes everything so much easier. It's like a hobby. I don't look at it as work."

The work for Brown the last four years has been answering questions about why his outstanding physical talents weren't translating into All-America, or even All-SEC, type numbers. Entering this year, Brown had never had more than three touchdowns or 662 yards in a season.

He showed signs things might be changing in the Georgia Southern when he four catches for 87 yards. Then came last week's LSU game, in which he had five catches for 110 yards in spectacular fashion. His 29-yard touchdown in the second quarter made highlight shows across the nation but barely raised an eyebrow in his own locker room.

"Nothing that he does surprises me," Minter said, "because I've seen it before."

Georgia's players and coaches have seen it all from Brown on the practice field.

"Reggie the last two years has really practiced the way he played in that ballgame," Coach Mark Richt said. "We've seen him do it in practice for quite sometime, and we've been waiting for it to come out in the game."

Brown struggled to transfer his confidence from the practice field to the playing field, receivers coach John Eason said.

"I think what we had anticipated happening is starting to," Eason said. "Hopefully, he is just tipping the iceberg."

Brown leads the Bulldogs in all-purpose yardage with 17 catches for 308 receiving yards and four touchdowns and two carries for 21 yards. He has also been selected as a captain for three of the first four games and will be a captain again for the Tennessee game.

"You can tell by the way he is playing he's confident in what he's doing," Greene said. "He's got that feeling, and he definitely should."

Brown admits to wondering when that feeling would come.

"If you don't feel like you're living up to your potential, you're going to think, ‘When is it going to pay off,'" he said. "It's very satisfying to feel like you're getting where you should be."

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