October 9, 2006

Ware Hopes for Playing Time

Following a tough home loss to Tennessee Saturday night
the #16 ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) got back to work to prepare for Vanderbilt
(2-4, 0-3) late Monday afternoon.


One player particularly bothered by the Tennessee game
was junior tailback Danny Ware. Ware is not only upset over the loss
but he is also upset over his lack of playing time and the fact he did not play
in the Tennessee game at all.


Ware had at least four carries in every game until Saturday
and is still the fourth leading pass receiver with eight catches for 116 yards.


"They just did not call my number," said Ware.
"It is frustrating, but you cannot dwell on it and you just have to go
out there and get ready for this weekend."


Ware said he performance in practice was solid, but running
backs coach Tony Ball elected to hold Ware out of the game because
of the performance of juniors
Kregg Lumpkin and
Thomas Brown.


"I talked about it with coach Ball, but it is one
of those things were Thomas and Kregg were running the ball well and he did
not get a chance to get me in," said Ware. "After the game I really
did not talk to anybody and I just left."


Ware was the team's leading rusher this season after
the first four games.


"I am disappointed because I am an athlete and I
want to go out there and help the team as much as I can," said Ware. "Not
getting a chance to get a snap or get out there and fight with my guys in a
losing battle is very frustrating."


The junior running back hopes that he can get back on
the field Saturday for the Vanderbilt game and contribute to the team. Ware
like most running backs would like to see the offense focus more on rushing
the ball.


"I would hope we focus more on the running game,
but the passing game stepped it up last week and opened up a lot more things,"
said Ware. "As long as we keep playing like we have been playing we will
be alright. I think so, we all realize that, and if we do just one or the other
it will be easy for us to get stopped that way"


Juniors Lumpkin and Brown combined for 21 carries and
135 yards rushing Saturday in the loss.


Dawgs turn to Tereshinski again


Senior quarterback Joe Tereshinski will be the
likely starter Saturday unless the coaching staff makes a last minute change.
Tereshinski took over 80 percent of the first team snaps in practice Monday
and freshman quarterback
Matthew Stafford does not believe there will
be a change.


"Joe T is the man as of right now and I am going
out there trying to be prepared and if they call me name I will be ready,"
said Stafford. "You have to prepare to play for every game whether or
not they call you name."


Tereshinski believes he will start Saturday against Vanderbilt
because of his first half performance in the Tennessee game.


"I started off great and felt like I was getting
a lot of protection from the offensive line," said Tereshinski about the
beginning of the Tennessee game. "I was making throws to our wide receivers
who were making plays and our emotions led us for most of the first half and
as those started to were off we lost our poise and you cannot do that in a big
time ball game."


The Georgia offense played very well in the first half
of the game, but struggled throughout the third and fourth quarter.


"Big ball games create big players and hopefully
we can carry on that first half team that showed up," said Tereshinski
of his team's performance. "I would say I played not the best and
not the worst. I felt like I might not have been going to the correct spots,
but I was giving everyone a chance to catch the ball and they were doing that
in the first half. As the second half came around I probably need to have a
little more precision on my passes."


If Tereshinski falters against the Commodores, the coaches
will not hesitate to insert Stafford. Stafford feels like he is progressing
as much as he expected coming into the season.


"I would rate my progression pretty good, but my
performance is just alright," said Stafford. "I am definitely capable
of playing better than I have, but I feel like I am progressing a lot. My comfort
in the offense has improved as will my accuracy. The more you know about what
you are doing out there the better your accuracy will be."


Stafford credits his rapid development from getting practice
and more importantly, game snaps at quarterback. "I think (playing) has
helped me a ton because it is so much different from being out here at practice
than it is during a game," said Stafford. "I am happy to have gotten
the chance and I am going to keep working and play my role whatever that is."
Look for both quarterbacks to get some playing time against Vanderbilt.


Ely-Kelso looks to avoid more blocks


Senior punter Gordon Ely-Kelso had not had a
punt blocked since high school before the Ole Miss game and now he has had three
blocked in two games.


"We just missed a block in a one-on-one situation
where if you do not do it perfect you are going to be in trouble and we missed
the block," said Ely-Kelso. "It was a similar type of blocking error
to the one last week. There was a chance if the snap was not high I would have
gotten it off and being backed up they come a little bit harder."


Georgia will look to improve their punt blocking against
Vanderbilt Saturday in Sanford Stadium.


"We did some really good things on special teams
and we did some really bad things also and I think a lot of the bad cancelled
out the good," said Ely-Kelso said of blocked punt, punt and kick returns
for a touchdown and other bad kick returns.


Injury Report


Freshman offensive lineman Chris Davis was limited
in practice Monday due to a hip flexor injury.


Redshirt freshman Ian Smith missed practice Monday
with a cold.


Safety
Donavon Baldwin was carted off the field
at the end of practice with a minor leg injury.


Other Notes and Quotes…


The captains for the Vanderbilt game are seniors
Nick Jones, Daniel Inman, junior Thomas Brown, and sophomore
Jeff Owens. Kickoff is set for 12:30 and the game will be televised by the Lincoln
Financial network.


The Georgia-Mississippi State game kickoff is scheduled
for 1pm and it will not be available for pay-per-view. Georgia would have to
move the game time to make the game available on pay-per-view. They are only
allotted one game per season per time slot and they used that time slot for
the UAB game.


Former Georgia All-SEC defensive tackle Jonathan Sullivan
was cut by the New England Patriots Monday.


The Georgia coaching staff had the players run laps prior
to the start of practice due to their performance against the Volunteers.



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