September 24, 2012

Burnette's unique proposal

Georgia right guard Chris Burnette said that it's already been a pretty good week.

"I don't know how I could top that one," smiled Burnette, who publically proposed to his girlfriend Arielle Haynes during a service at Athens Church Sunday.

"I was about 99 percent sure she was going to say yes," Burnette smiled. "I told Coach (Will) Friend on Thursday and he told me 'you'd better make sure that she's going to say yes before you invite all these people.' But I was pretty sure, I was pretty sure."

Many of his teammates were there to watch the surprise, which featured a video by Burnette, who then got down on his knees to pop the question.

"I really have no idea how I was going to do it," he said. "I just knew I wanted to have something that was Christ-centered because he's been at the center of our relationship from the get-go, and I wanted to do something public because I know that's how she is. It only fit for me to do it at church."

Cornerback Damian Swann said he wasn't surprised to see Burnette propose.

"It's real cool," Swann said. "I'm happy for the guy; he's been talking about it for a while."

Burnette said a date has not been set, but the wedding will place sometime during the summer.

He's already received plenty of advice.

"I've really have been getting a lot of great marital advice from my dad, actually her dad when I asked, and my pastor," Burnette said. "Everyone tells me that marriage is a sacrifice and it's not about you. That's something I believe I'm prepared for."

Injury update

Defensive end Abry Jones sat out Monday's practice with a sprained left ankle he suffered in the third quarter against Vanderbilt.

Other players on the post-practice injury report included offensive lineman Watts Dantzler (left ankle sprain, limited), offensive lineman Hunter Long (left foot fracture, limited) and walk-on tight end Cole Trolinger (concussion, out).

Washington explains incident with Wilson

It was late in the fourth quarter when defensive end Cornelius Washington was seen shoving teammate Ramik Wilson, after it appeared the linebacker was late coming onto the field.

Monday, Washington explained what happened.

"It was just something I get onto him in practice about all the time, the fact he didn't have his mind in the game and we'd been in that situation before," Washington said. "I was just trying to light a fire under him, because it really is something that I get onto him in practice a lot about. I'm always talking to him about making sure he's focused because in practice he has some plays that his focus is not where it should be."

Washington said there are no ill feelings between the two.

"Ramik is a great player. When he knows what to do and he's honed in, he plays fast and makes a lot of plays," Washington said. "But he has those plays where he's kind of, blah, and you have to get on him a little bit. He understood. There were no hard feelings and it was just me trying to make sure his mind was in the game."

Has Welch passed LeMay?

Backup quarterback Parker Welch deferred all questions as to whether or not he has passed Christian LeMay as the Bulldogs' No. 2 quarterback.

But actions appear to be speaking louder than words.

Last Saturday, Welch was the first quarterback off the bench after the Bulldogs build their big lead against the Commodores, with LeMay only seeing a handful of reps toward the end of the game.

"I had known for several days that I would be the first one going in as I'd been doing the 2s with the scout team, trying to learn the game-plan," Welch said. "You'll have to ask Coach (Mark) Richt or Coach (Mike) Bobo if that means I'm the No. 2 guy for sure, but that doesn't change anything for me. I'll just continue to game plan and be ready when my name is called on."

A walk-on from Jesup, Welch believes he's impressed coaches with his work ethic.

"Last week was the first week where I realized I was going to be the second guy to go in if something was to happen, or if we got up enough," Welch said." To be honest, I'm not really sure although that is kind of how it's going this week from what I can tell, unless he tells me differently, I'll be with the twos for the most part."

Welch said he already spent two hours Monday watching film of Saturday's opponent, Tennessee.

"I'm just trying to learn what Tennessee is doing and be ready if my name is called," he said.

This and that

Todd Gurley leads the SEC in rushing with 44 carries for 406 yards and six touchdowns. Gurley also leads the conference in all-purpose yards with 164.2 yards per game. … Aaron Murray is second in the league to Alabama's A.J.McCarron in passing efficiency. McCarron leads the SEC with a rating of 188.6, followed by Murray at 182.4 (69 of 104, two interceptions). … The Bulldogs worked out for 90 minutes Monday in preparation for Saturday's game. "It was a good practice tonight," Richt said. "It was a beautiful night and everyone's spirits were up. Everybody was working hard. I liked the focus we showed tonight. We've got a big challenge in front of us this week, and it's going to take a great week of preparation. I feel like tonight we got the week off on the right foot." … Richt said the captains for the Tennessee game will be receiver Marlon Brown on offense, end Abry Jones and linebacker Jarvis Jones on defense, and safety Connor Norman on special teams.