Vanderbilt Week: Sunday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

Summerville, S.C., wide receiver A.J. Green made a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs this weekend, according to Scout.com. Green, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, is rated a two-star player by Scout.com and also had scholarship offers from Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Clemson, Miami and South Carolina.

Junior running back Danny Ware didn't play Saturday for the first time since 2004, but Coach Mark Richt wasn't able to say Sunday exactly why. "I don't know if we went in the game saying Danny's not playing," Richt said. "I know (Kregg) Lumpkin was running the ball well as was Thomas (Brown), and we didn't have an awful lot of series throughout the ballgame." … Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge was named national player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for his 25-of-38 passing performance that netted 268 yards. …. The only Bulldog position group with which Richt couldn't find fault was the offensive line. "They played about as good as you could ask them to play," he said. "When we had protection issues, it was more running back related to be honest with you," he said. … A.J. Bryant's 46-yard catch was his career long. It also was a career long for quarterback Joe Tereshinski. … Tennessee got 21 points off four Georgia turnovers. In the first five games of the season, Bulldog opponents had totaled three points off Georgia turnovers. … Tight end Tripp Chandler made the first start of his career when the Bulldogs opened the game in a two-tight end set.

Quotable: "We were doing a lot of good things in the first and then they executed in the second half, and we weren't making plays. We couldn't change any kind of momentum in the second half. We couldn't make a play and get off the field, and that was it. The bottom line is they made more plays than we did and we lost." -- defensive coordinator Willie Martinez

Injuries: In a physical sense, the Bulldogs are in great health. Quarterback Joe Tereshinski and offensive tackle Michael Turner returned Saturday from ankle injuries. That left only offensive lineman Zeb McKinzey (shoulder) as the only Georgia player out with injury who has the possibility of returning this year.

Up next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Sanford Stadium, Lincoln Financial Sports


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