November 21, 2007

Practice Report:

[dl]Brandon Miller[/dl] laughed about his new duties as a defensive end, a switch that became official just prior to last week's game against Kentucky.


Miller debuted at the position during last week's 24-13 win over the Wildcats, getting in on approximately 10 plays.


"I like hitting bigger people," Miller said. "It's a new experience for me but I feel like I've got to prove to people that I can actually play it, because I think there's probably some people out there who don't think I can."


It's definitely been an unusual career for Miller, who when he signed with Georgia, was considered one of the nation's top prospects at defensive end by Rivals.com.


However, once he arrived at Georgia, Miller was moved to linebacker where he stayed until he was moved back over to end two weeks ago.


"As long as we're winning I'm happy with way this played out," said Miller, who wore a protective boot Wednesday but is expected to play Saturday against Georgia Tech.


Georgia coach [dl]Mark Richt[/dl] admits the timing of the move was a bit odd.


"If that ends up being the spot that be thrives at, then yeah, I probably should have moved him over there quicker," Richt said. "It's hard sometimes to know the right thing to do and when to do it."


Defensive coordinator [dl]Willie Martinez[/dl] was pleased with what he saw against Kentucky.
"I think he did really good," Martinez said. "Obviously, he missed a sack but he made a great pass-rush move and did a couple of things really well in the run game which we were concerned about because that's the hardest you do when you move somebody like that."


Miller, who said he weighs 255 pounds, doesn't know what position he might get a chance to play on the next level.


Either way, it's all good to him.


"I don't know. It depends on what they like. I like playing both," Miller said. "I like standing up and going down in a stance."


Richt thinks he'll do well either way.
"I think people (NFL) want to see what he can do at the position," Richt said. "I think the NFL will look at his body type and put him at end, although if they're in a 3-4 scheme he's an outside linebacker. I think it gives him more marketability for people to see him play that position."


Curran anxious for first taste of rivalry

Of all Georgia's freshmen, nobody understands the rivalry with Georgia Tech any better than linebacker [dl]Rennie Curran[/dl].


"It's definitely a big thing. There are a lot of my friends that go to Tech," said the former Brookwood High star. "I went over there and visited, and I have a lot close family friends that are Tech fans, so this is a big deal for me. It's in the center of Atlanta, where I was born. So yeah, it's a real big game."


Of his friends, Curran is said he is especially close with running back Jonathan Dwyer, safety Morgan Burnett, wide receiver D.J. Donley and offensive tackle Nick Claytor.


"Those guys, I either went through the recruiting process or played in all-star games with them," Curran said. "There's no way I want them to get one up on me."

Anniversary for Bobo

Although [dl]Mike Bobo[dl] wasn't officially named Georgia's offensive coordinator until later, Saturday's game against Georgia Tech will actually mark the one-year anniversary to when he first began calling the Bulldogs' plays.


In fact, Richt didn't make the news public until after the Bulldogs beat the Yellow Jackets in Sanford Stadium.


"Hardly anybody knew that's what we were going to do," Richt said. "Of course, Coach Bobo knew, Coach (Neil) Callaway knew. We might have told the rest of the staff, I think we did."


Bobo didn't even get the news until early Thanksgiving morning.


"I kind of sprung it on him," Richt said. "I was waiting by the stairwell waiting for him to come up so I could grab him and tell him. I told him don't worry, I wasn't going to tell anybody unless we win."

Allen excelling returning kicks

Remember the days when Georgia's issues returning kicks was a season-long concern?


No longer.


Heading into Saturday's regular-season finale against Georgia Tech, sophomore [dl]Asher Alle[/dl]n ranks 6th in the SEC with an average return of 25.3 yards.


"With Asher it's just confidence," Richt said. "The No. 1 thing I like is he understands the ball security issue. That's No. 1 with me, and next he's brave, fast, and confident. He wants it. A lot of guys don't want that job."


Allen's 82-yarder last week against Kentucky was the best of his brief career and third-longest in the SEC this year.


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