New Year's: Georgia News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from the Georgia Bulldogs.

SHORT DAY, PART ONE: Danny Ware's first carry of the Sugar Bowl gained 6 yards but ended with a lost fumble. It also was his last carry of the Sugar Bowl, which highlights the harsh reality for the Bulldogs' three tailbacks, one mistake can be the end of the day.

"I've been trying to figure that out all season," a frustrated Ware said. "I don't know."

Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin each got nine carries and combined for 145 yards against West Virginia, but all three backs are still solidly in the rotation, Richt said Tuesday.

"It's still three guys we have a lot of confidence in," he said. "There's no doubt about that."

Ware has confirmed he will return to the team next year.

ALMOST A HERO: Senior Bryan McClendon would have been remembered forever had Georgia finished off its comeback against West Virginia. In the fourth quarter, McClendon got behind the Mountaineer defense on two consecutive plays. The first time was the result of D.J. Shockley's scrambling ability, and McClendon was interfered with before he could make a long catch.

On the next play, though, he did it again and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass that pulled Georgia within three points with 5:13 remaining.

"Coach (Richt had been) calling a play where I run one route. The play he called then, I was faking that route and going to the post," McClendon said. The cornerback "bit on it because we'd been running it all ball game. It was just a good call and a good pass by D.J."

SHORT DAY, PART TWO: Strongside linebacker Brandon Miller played only two series, he said after the game. Miller thought he could have played more but admitted his mobility was hampered by a brace he wore to protect the sprained MCL in his left knee.

Danny Verdun Wheeler started in Miller's place and had three tackles. Weakside linebacker Jarvis Jackson led Georgia with 11 tackles against the Mountaineers.

THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR: Spring practice will begin on March 4, and the G-Day game will be held on April 8. Georgia welcomed several early enrollees to campus on Tuesday, Richt said.

Incoming freshmen wide receiver Kris Durham and cornerback Asher Allen practiced with the team in Athens two weeks ago, and quarterback Matthew Stafford, offensive linemen John Miller and Kevin Perez and defensive lineman Ricardo Crawford are expected to be with the team for spring practice.

Georgia coaches were on the recruiting trail to begin making in-home visits Tuesday. National Signing Day is Feb. 1.

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