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Thursday October 23, 2008

Georgia Sports Blog notes this week’s commitment from WR Rantavious Wooten. With the departure of Walter Hill (not to mention the graduation of Massaquoi and Goodman), getting a couple of quality receivers in this class is one of the few remaining priorities, and Wooten fits the bill. His offer sheet is a who’s who of college football, and getting a prospect of that quality out of Miami is always good news.

(As an aside, I note that George Godsey is on O’Leary’s staff at UCF. Just in case you were wondering.)

Star QB commitment Aaron Murray will have surgery on his broken ankle this Friday. The good news, if there is such a thing, is that broken bones typically heal more cleanly than torn ligaments. Though the true extent of the injury won’t be known until the surgery, "doctors don’t think there’s any ligament damage," said Murray. The fact that he likely won’t have to rehabilitate torn ligaments means that the recovery time could be no more than eight weeks.

Murray is determined to return to action this season. He is using crutches and hopes to be walking on his own in 4-6 weeks. He wants to be playing football again in 6-8 weeks.

Brothers, Denver Bronco teammates, and former Bulldog players Boss and Champ Bailey are also in the injury news. Both were injured in Monday night’s game against New England. Boss’s knee injury knocks him out for the rest of the season, and Champ will be out for at least a month with an groin injury.

AccessNorthGa.com has a profile on dominant Buford lineman Dallas Lee who has been getting it done for the top-ranked Buford program on both sides of the ball.

Lee now has a team-high 54 stops, along with four sacks and two fumble recoveries. He’s also been a key blocker for an offense that has outgained opponents by over 1,000 yards this season — 2,275-834.

Lee will play on the offensive line at Georgia, but it doesn’t matter to him. "I just want to line up and beat the guy in front of me. My mentality really doesn’t change that much," he said. Nice to have that attitude coming to Athens.

Finally, expect Georgia running backs coach Tony Ball to be a candidate for the vacancy at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Ball, a Chattanooga native, played and coached for UT-C and is a member of the program’s all-century team. If you have to lose assistants, you want it to be because they’re on the way up and not because of more unpleasant circumstances.

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