Dawgs Escape UK: News and Notes

LEXINGTON - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's game with Kentucky.

NOT-SO-HAPPY FEET

Georgia right tackle Justin Anderson left Saturday's game after he ruptured a plantar wart on his foot. Richt said the rupture was minor and necessary to the healing process, but it could keep the 330-pound lineman out until the Bulldogs' bowl game.

"It's painful for a while, and then it goes away and you're good to go," Richt said. "That's what they kind of want that thing to do is kind of break free, and then it goes away. But with a kid that big, I don't know if he'll be able to just turn right around in a week's time."

Richt said Anderson might play against Georgia Tech on Nov. 29, but Josh Davis and Kiante Tripp would likely fill in next week against Auburn. Davis got the majority of the playing time Saturday.

"We're running out of guys," Richt said. "We're not totally drained of guys on scholarship, so we still can field an offensive line, but we've taken some really, really big hits on our offensive tackle position this year."

IT'S ABOUT TIME

First Brannan Southerland scored a one-yard touchdown in his first game back after missing six weeks with a foot injury. Then third-string fullback Fred Munzenmaier found paydirt in his lone carry of the season against LSU three weeks ago.

And Shaun Chapas, who started in Southerland's absence and has played significant minutes since his return, still had a zero on the stat sheet under "TDs."

That changed – finally – in the second quarter against Kentucky on Saturday, when quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Chapas in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown.

"It was funny because I've been hearing about it all season, and as soon as I got one, I got to the sideline and everybody was laughing," Chapas said. "It felt good though, but it feels even better to get the win."

In typical Chapas fashion, his big moment was a bit upstaged. The press box announced the touchdown for "Shane Chapas" and his teammates managed to give him a hard time on the sideline despite his success.

"I thought he was allergic to the end zone," left tackle Clint Boling said, laughing. "I was surprised he didn't drop it. But I was happy he finally got one."

START ME UP

It came as a surprise to almost everyone in the stadium, including his parents, but senior walk-on Andrew Gully earned the first start of his career Saturday.

Gully was offered scholarships to several smaller schools, but decided he wanted to play at Georgia. He earned his first significant playing time against Arizona State earlier this season, sharing a sack in the second half, but his strong week of practice leading up to Saturday earned him a start at defensive end.

"I've been playing a little bit since (Arizona State) here and there, and this past week in practice (coaches) had been repping me out with the ones," Gully said. "I'd been going with them, and 10 minutes before the game, (coaches) told me me I was starting."

Gully said it didn't come as a complete shock, but with his parents in the stands for the game, he had to admit it was one of those moments he'll remember for a long time.

"I wouldn't say I was in shock because I'd been going with the ones," Gully said, "but I was just thinking, what could be better than this? I'm starting at UGA."

EXTRA POINTS

Linebacker Darius Dewberry missed the game with a hip-flexor injury… safety Drew Williams left the game early with an injury, and reserve fullback Justin Fields was on crutches with an aircast on his leg after the game… Richard Samuel was the Bulldogs' first tailback off the bench Saturday, picking up two yards on his only carry, while Caleb King did not play… Dannell Ellerbe started for the first time since suffering a knee injury that kept him out of three games. Darryl Gamble didn't see his first action until early in the second quarter.


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