Wood Makes a Go of It

ATHENS - Two weeks ago, Brandon Wood wasn't expecting to play this season


His shoulder was feeling better after offseason surgery, but he had all but decided to accept a medical redshirt in order to preserve an extra year of eligibility down the road.

Still, Wood missed being a part of the action, and when Richt approached him about returning to work following Georgia's win over South Carolina earlier this month, Wood jumped at the chance.

"It's hard just sitting there and watching the boys play and I can't do anything, and then I saw we had injuries and I didn't want to be selfish, I wanted to be a part of the team and help out," Wood said.

With starting defensive end Rod Battle out, Wood saw a chance to make an impact. And despite the surgery that held him out of the first three games, he said his shoulder is actually feeling pretty good.

"I felt good going through the drills and stuff," Wood said. "The (coaches) had been looking at the film and seeing what I was doing. They asked me what I was thinking about it, and I said I was ready to play."

The junior saw significant action at defensive end last week against Arizona State despite having played defensive tackle each of the past two seasons. The transition hasn't been particularly tough, Wood said, but it has tested his conditioning.

"You cover a lot more ground at defensive end than you do at tackle," Wood said. "That's the tough part about it. But it's better going against a tight end than a guard and a center."


Georgia announced Tuesday that it had finalized a deal to add Idaho State to its 2010 football schedule.

Georgia had two open dates available on the slate, needing one more non-conference home game to fill out the schedule. The Bengals will visit Athens on Nov. 6, one week after the Bulldogs' annual date with Florida. Georgia's lone open date will be Nov. 20, meaning it will play 11 straight games before its 2010 off week.

Idaho State plays in the Big Sky Conference and is 0-4 so far this season, including a 50-3 defeat to Arizona State, which lost to Georgia last week. The Bengals finished 1-11 in 2008, losing their first 11 games before beating Sacramento State to close out the season. Overall, Idaho State has lost 19 of its last 20 games.

Georgia's remaining non-conference slate in 2010 includes the home opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, a road date at Colorado and the annual regular-season finale against Georgia Tech.

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