Dawgs Win Desert: News and Notes

TEMPE - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's win over Arizona State.


His profile wasn't featured in Georgia's media guide and, while he's listed as a split end on the roster, Zach Renner's name doesn't show up on the Bulldogs' depth chart. The redshirt freshman from Connecticut made himself known in the second quarter, however, when he blocked a Thomas Weber punt to set Georgia up for a drive deep in Arizona State territory.

"Being on punt-return team, I've developed to get off the ball, and really, that's all that was in my head," Renner said. "To be honest, it's all a blur. I just remember seeing the ball snapped, seeing the punter and seeing the ball on the ground."

This was just the second game Renner has traveled for with Georgia. It was the first blocked punt for Georgia since Kelin Johnson did it against Kentucky last year and the 15th block since Richt came to Georgia in 2001.


A week after earning the SEC's defensive player of the week award, Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran turned in another strong performance.

The sophomore chipped in with his third sack of the season in the first quarter, led the team with nine tackles and added two tackles for a loss.

"Rennie set it off with the sack that he had, and I feel like we were just always around him," cornerback Asher Allen said.


With Georgia's 21 points by halftime against Arizona State on Saturday, the Bulldogs have now outscored opponents 79-17 in the first half of their first four games. Georgia has held a first-half lead in three of its four games, but trailed South Carolina 7-6 at the half a week ago.


Tight end Tripp Chandler and defensive end Jeremy Lomax both left Saturday's game with neck injuries. Defensive end Jarius Wynn also left with an injury, while Rod Battle missed a second straight game, also suffering from a neck strain.

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