Sugar Bowl: News and Notes from the game

ATLANTA - News and notes from Georgia's appearance in the Sugar Bowl.

QUICK START: Kenneth Harris started at flanker inplace of Sean Bailey and got a chance to replace Bailey's deep threat status right away. Quarterback D.J. Shockley looked for Harris on his team's first play, but the redshirt freshman couldn't hang onto a pass that would have gained at least 40 yards.

GIMPY LINEBACKER: Strongside linebacker Brandon Miller played sparingly in the first half. The Bulldogs' normal starter sprained his left knee in the SEC Championship Game. Danny Verdun Wheeler started in place of Miller.

The Bulldogs' top five linebackers will return in 2006, meaning the position should be the strength of the defense next season.

"The thing with the linebackers looking down the road is they are going to have to provide leadership for this defense," linebackers coach John Jancek said.

"It's not going a matter of getting them reps and getting them experience and getting them the looks that they need. The real challenge I think for those guys in the spring will be what kind of leadership they can provide for this defense in terms of setting the expectations and setting the tempo."

RECRUITING UPDATE: Georgia is scheduled to host hig school prospects for official visits on two weekends before National Signing Day, which is Feb. 1. The big weekend for the Bulldogs is Jan. 13-15, when 11 prospects are expected.

Safety Reshad Jones of Booker T. Washington High School, one of the top prospects remaining on Georgia's wish list, is scheduled to be in town that weekend. Jones, who is considered a four-star recruit by, also has offers from Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma and Michigan.

THIS AND THAT: The Dawg Walk scheduled before Monday's game was cancelled due to bad weather in the area. … The game was scheduled to kick off at 8:37 but didn't begin until 8:50. … Will Witherspoon, Charles Grant and Terrence Edwards were among the former Bulldogs on the sideline during the game.

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