Dawgs top Ole Miss: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's win over Ole Miss.

INJURY UPDATE: Safety Kelin Johnson didn't play the final three quarters of the game after suffering a concussion and his availability for Saturday's Tennessee game is in doubt, Richt said.

Starting middle linebacker Marcus Washington suffered a left shoulder injury, which he said didn't appear serious after an X-ray. He will have an MRI today. Washington left the game late in the third quarter.

SAFETY SWAP: Reshirt freshman safety Reshad Jones, who had appeared to be a rising star for the Bulldogs, didn't play until 1:20 was left in the third quarter because defensive coordinator Willie Martinez was unhappy with his practice performance, Jones and Martinez said.

"I would say I wasn't happy with a lot of the guys in practice," Martinez said. "I wanted to play guys who had been focused and practiced really hard."

The beneficiary of Johnson's injury and Jones' trip to the doghouse was Houston County native Quintin Banks, a redshirt freshman Banks saw the most extensive playing time of his career and finished with four tackles, including a team-high 1.5 for loss.

"It was just a blessing to get that many snaps," Banks said.

RISING TO OCCASION: Brandon Miller's first career interception was the defensive turning point for the Bulldogs on Saturday, but it was only part of an overall effort that had Martinez glowing.

"He played with the emotion he need to spark this team," Richt said. "I just saw a lot of great leadership and some great play."

Miller, who was benched three games ago, had six tackles.

"I really love the kid," Richt said. "I just really like how Brandon has been handling things. That demotion could have really sent a guy in a tailspin, but he did not let that happen. Instead of moaning and griping, all he did was play the best special teams game he ever had."

LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPS: The statewide victory lap being taken by the Warner Robins team that won the Little League World Series in August stopped Saturday in Sanford Stadium.

"We've been going nonstop since we got back, and I'd probably say this is No. 1," manager Mickey Lay said. "Everyone here is a Georgia fan."

The team members went through the Dog Walk with the Bulldogs and then were recognized on the field before the game as a highlight of Dalton Carriker's title-winning home run played on the video screen.

The team was given a standing ovation during its recognition.

"For the most part, these are shy kids," Lay said. "The biggest thing is they get free food, free drinks, stuff like that. That's kind of what they like."

Georgia held a similar ceremony last year for the Columbus team that won the 2006 Little League title.

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