Dawgs drill Southern: News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's win over Georgia Southern.


Knowshon Moreno thrilled the crowd with a three-touchdown performance Saturday, but he also put a scare into his head coach.

Moreno, who tallied 112 all-purpose yards on the day, came up lame after his third touchdown, a 24-yard sprint.

When he reached the end zone, Moreno pointed to his leg to signify he was hurt.

"Not many guys pull a muscle and keep going in there, but if anybody was going to do it, it would have been Knowson," Richt said. "He was going to go out in a blaze of glory, I guess. He saw the end zone and he wasn't going to stop."

It turned out the injury was simply a cramp, which Richt quickly realized as Moreno trotted back to the sideline.

"Once he got to the sideline, I knew that's what it was, so I got a chuckle out of it," Richt said. "But I wasn't smiling until I knew that's what it was."

Moreno didn't return to action after that, but said after getting some fluids, he felt fine.

"I got some fluids," Moreno said, "then I was good."


Kris Durham hopes his 61-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter Saturday looked impressive. After all, he said, he doesn't want anyone questioning his speed. As he recalls the play, however, it wasn't nearly as pretty.

Durham had been in on several plays before his touchdown before getting a rest on the sideline. On the first play of his breather, however, wide receiver Kenneth Harris went down with an ankle injury, and Durham immediately returned to action. The next pass went to him.

"It just seemed like I was running in slow motion," Durham said. "It felt like it took forever for me to get in there."


One of the great mysteries of fall camp at Georgia was just who would return punts for the Bulldogs. The answer turned out to be last season's leading kick returner, Asher Allen.

Allen handled the punt-return duties in the first half, while Ramarcus Brown took over his old post on kickoffs. On Allen's second return, he bobbled the football, then sprinted 37 yards to set up a Georgia field goal.

Despite the strong return, Allen said he wasn't sure how long he would keep the job.

"You never know. It's up for discussion week to week. Everybody who went in did a great job moving the ball upfield, and that's what we're supposed to do."

Reshad Jones took over the job in the second half and took his only return back 32 yards. Logan Gray, the third-string quarterback, also had a shot at return duties, but the ball bounced out of bounds on his only chance.

"I don't know if Asher is going to be returning every punt all season," Richt said. "I'm sure we'll see all three of them again before it's over."


Safety Andrew Williams left the game in the third quarter, but returned to action later… Durham left the game with a sore shoulder but said he would be back at practice Monday… Harris was in a protective boot and on crutches after the game with what Richt called a sprained ankle. Richt said he was not counting on Harris for next week's game against Central Michigan… Defensive tackle Kade Weston, who missed Saturday's game, will not be available next week, Richt said.

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