Curran playing early and often

ATHENS – Freshman linebacker Rennie Curran got an early birthday present last week and now he wants to build on it.

Curran played 60 snaps Saturday as Georgia beat Auburn 45-20 on the day before his 20th birthday.

"That definitely was high for me," he said. "It was a great experience to be able to play that much and be able to contribute. I just tried to be around the ball every single play I could and I think it helped. I think I did my part."

Curran, a true freshman from Brookwood High School, hadn't played more than 40 snaps in a game until Saturday.

"I didn't see it coming," he said. "All through practice I just tried to prepare myself and just let the coaches know I was prepared to do whatever they needed me to do."

Curran, who made his second career start against the Tigers, has had 16 tackles in the last three games, more than any Bulldog except linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

"Rennie Curran in there has helped us look faster," head coach Mark Richt said. "He's got a knack for smelling (what's coming) and going to get it quickly."

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