November 12, 2008

Mother's tears hard to take

Defensive tackle Brandon Wood said it was the worse night of his life when he had to call his mother and tell her he had just been arrested for DUI.

"Talking to Coach G (Rodney Garner) and Coach (Mark) Richt was nothing like talking to my mama," Wood said in an exclusive interview with UGASports. "No. To hear her cry; it just tears you up to hear mama cry for something you did. That right there just drove me to want to do right."

Wood swears he will never get into trouble again.

The redshirt sophomore was arrested last month for DUI and was suspended two for games (LSU and Florida) as a result.

Wood traveled with the team last week to Kentucky but did not play.

"You don't want to leave anybody with a bad impression. That's the way I looked at it. I messed up, and I wanted to get back in good graces with everybody," Wood said. "I know I had to take the punishment. I had to take it like a man. I did. There was no use complaining about it. It was my fault. I just wanted to show the team that I cared."

Wood doesn't plan on stopping there.

He also intends to serve as a mentor to some of his younger teammates and said he would certainly consider going around to some of the local school to speak to kids there about the dangers of drinking and driving.

"I just want to tell everybody, if you're underage, to please be careful. Guys are going to drink in college. Guys want to have fun," he said. "But just be smart with your decisions. If you even have just one beer, give someone else the keys. Just be smart."

The consequences, Wood explained, can certainly prove costly.

"I'm going to tell them to learn from me, don't do as I did," Wood said. "Going to jail is not fun. Being in handcuffs is not fun. It's no fun at all."

Curran impressed with Irvin

Count linebacker Rennie Curran among those impressed by teammate Corvey Irvin's decision to stand up and anoint himself the leader of the Bulldogs' defensive unit.

Tuesday, the senior defensive tackle he was taking it upon himself to be that vocal leader that the Bulldogs have been lacking since fellow senior Jeff Owens went down with a torn ACL.

"That's just a guy who really cares, who wants to work hard and do what's best for the team," Curran said. "It's his senior year and I'm sure all the seniors feel the same way. They may not say it but they all believe the same thing. With just three games to go it's life and death to those guys."

Richt was glad to see Irvin take the steps that he did as well.

"Corvey has been a leader, a very good leader all the way through," Richt said. "I'm glad he has taken some ownership of it."

Road trips no problem

After practice during his media session, Richt said the consecutive road games have not been difficult to navigate for the Bulldogs.

"We don't mind the away trips" said Richt. "In some ways, it's good to knock them out in a row compared to if you went home/away and then home/away. The logistics are different. It's not that big of a deal either way."

One issue for road trips is setting the 70-man travel roster, and Richt said he makes the final decision on the travel squad.

"Each coach wants to bring the players that he thinks can help us win so you look at the scenarios if somebody gets hurt, who would go in for them," said Richt. "For example, you look at Blair Walsh, Brian Mimbs and Bo Fowler. What would our emergency plan be if one of our specialists got hurt? You look at special teams and scrimmage downs, who would play. Once we established that 70 for LSU, there's been very little change since then. Also with the injuries we've had this year, it kind of sorted itself out."

This and that

Richt said that both Josh Davis and Kiante Tripp would see time at right tackle in place of the injured Justin Anderson. Richt did not know who would start. … Wide receiver Kris Durham tweaked his ankle during practice Wednesday but is expected to be OK for Auburn. … Richt said there's a chance that Sam linebacker Darius Dewberry (shoulder/quad) could miss the rest of the season, including Georgia's bowl game.

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