Tennessee Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

SLOWING DOWN: After leading the Bulldogs with 10 touchdowns last year, fullback Brannan Southerland is well off that pace. Southerland, who has two scores, has eight carries and three receptions this year.

"We've called a lot of plays where he's the primary receiver, but people have taken him away, and we've had to go to the second option," Richt said.

Southerland is fine with this year's role, happier even, he said.

"I'm protecting the quarterback and trying to get other guys in the end zone," he said. "The main thing to me is we're winning. If I lead the team in touchdowns, something is not going right."

LIGHT A FIRE: Defensive line coach Rodney Garner has enlisted help in trying to get GMC transfer Jarius Wynn to reach his full potential.

"I talked to his high school coaches (this week)," Garner said. "I think the kid can be much better if he just totally knew (the system). It's hard to go full speed if you don't know where you're going. He's got to really buy into that part."

FRESH FACES: With middle linebacker Marcus Washington out for at least two weeks, Georgia will be turning to two young linebackers to help provide depth. Both true freshman Rennie Curran and redshirt freshman Darryl Gamble will see more action in the coming weeks, Richt said.

"Knowing that Marcus won't play for at least two games, you feel like you better get some more guys some action or you'll run out of gas," Richt said.

WARY VOLS?: Punt returner Mikey Henderson thinks the Volunteers may have spent their off week making special teams changes. Given the recent history of this series, he's probably right. In their last six meetings with Tennessee, Georgia has returned four kicks (three punts and one kickoff) for touchdowns.

"We hope that trend continues but you just don't know," Richt said.

Henderson, Damien Gary, Thomas Flowers and Thomas Brown all have returned a kick for a score.

"They've had a week off so maybe they are going to change some things," Henderson said.

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