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LB Washington Apolgizes To Dawg Teammates Over Arrest; Drew Let’s It Rip Regarding Playing Time

Fresh off a Sunday morning DUI arrest that will knock him out of back-to-back SEC games, Georgia linebacker Cornelius Washington (at left) apologized to his teammates prior to yesterday’s practice.

“He knows what he did,” said teammate Reuben Faloughi.  “It was a decision.  He feels it.  I don’t think anybody’s trying to point fingers at him because he knowns that he made a wrong decision.  The pressure’s there, so everybody’s just supporting him and making sure these tough times pass or him.  And I think he’s really gonna bounce back.”

UGA fans are now hoping to see five-star freshman Ray Drew step in for Washington.  So far he’s only played in two games, but he made it clear to the press yesterday that he’s been right on defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s tail hoping to get into games.

“I’m right there behind him,” Drew said.  “If he were to (pass gas), I’d be the first one to smell it.”

Ah, but will Drew sniff the field Saturday against Tennessee… or will third-year sophomore Chase Vasser get the majority of the work?  Stay tuned.

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UGA’s Drew Injured In Scooter Accident

At the University of Georgia, it’s not uncommon to see football players zipping across campus from class to class on motorized scooters.  Problem is — they’re always crashing them.

Over the weekend, yet another Bulldog footballer — freshman linebacker Ray Drew — wrecked his scooter and injured himself.  Attempting to brake as he drove down a hill, Drew lost control of his ride and sprained his right shoulder.  He’s listed as day-to-day.

He also tweeted the following after his accident:

“Im so glad i don’t look like what i’ve been through….praise God”

Last month, defensive end Derrick Lott suffered a deep laceration to his right leg in a scooter accident.  He just returned to practice last week.

For safety’s sake, it might be time to get these guys Hoverounds instead of scooters.

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Georgia Signee Has Fun Encounter With Country Music Singer

Ray Drew probably didn’t expect anything big to happen when he attended a concert by the Charlie Daniels Band in Valdosta, Ga., earlier this month.

Drew, a Georgia signee from Thomas Country Central High School in Thomasville, Ga., was attending the show with his younger brother. Drew and his brother waited in like many other fans to receive an autograph from Daniels.

While they waited, fans began to recognize Drew.

“There were other people in line that found out that I was going to play football at the University of Georgia,” Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “and they started asking me for autographs while I was waiting for Mr. Daniels.”

Daniels noticed the crowd around Drew and found out he’s a future Georgia player and has a background as an ordained minister. Daniels was impressed and decided to share Drew’s story with the crowd.

“Ray Drew, where are you?” Daniels asked while he was on stage at the concert.

Daniels then invited Drew up on stage.

“Mr. Daniels said he was proud of the fact I was a minister,” Drew said. “He said if I was ever down and needed someone to pray with, just to give him a call.

“(Daniels) asked if he could say a pray for me. He did, and then I said a pray for him and his band ‘for safe travels.’ Then we left. It was a good time and lots of fun.”

Good story. And a refreshing one.

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Georgia Reports Five NCAA Rules Violations

Georgia was certainly happy to land defensive end prospect Ray Drew last month, but his public announcement to attend the school has gotten the Bulldogs in some trouble.

Drew’s announcement at Thomas County High School resulted in five NCAA violations for Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia has reported those violations to the NCAA.

One problem for Georgia was the presence of former players David Pollack and Randall Godfrey at Drew’s announcement. Pollack and Godfrey both spoke to the crowd after Drew announced his commitment to Georgia.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity reported the information in a letter to the SEC office on March 4.

“The University of Georgia (UGA) is reporting an institutional violation of NCAA Bylaws . . . within our program,” McGarity wrote in the letter, according to the AJC. “The violation involves prospective student-athlete (PSA) Mr. Ray Drew and two former letter winners who appear to be representatives of the University’s athletics interests.”

The Bylaws that were violated should result in only secondary violations for Georgia. Drew’s eligibility, which will ultimately be determined by the SEC and NCAA, shouldn’t be affected because of these violations.

If that turns out to be the case, Georgia will take a slap on the wrist knowing it landed one of the top prospects from inside the state. The Bulldogs will just need to be careful to make sure a similar mistake is not made in the future.

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Jenkins Chooses To Play With ‘Dream Team’

Georgia added another member to its already impressive class of 2011 when defensive tackle John Jenkins signed with the Bulldogs.

“I’m a Dog,” Jenkins said on Saturday. “Georgia will be the school I attend.”

Jenkins spent the last two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He chose Georgia over Florida and other SEC schools, including Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State.

Another influence was defensive end Ray Drew, who signed with Georgia last week. Drew was persistent in recruiting Jenkins during the process, even before Drew had officially announced that he would attend Georgia.

Drew, I heard you calling, bud,” Jenkins said.

Georgia’s signing class increased to 26 members for 2011.

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Decision Day For Two SEC Prospects

Georgia will finally learn today if defensive end Ray Drew from Thomasville, Ga., will play for the Bulldogs.

Drew, who’s considering Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Clemson and Miami, will announce his choice at 10 a.m. eastern time at Thomas County Central High School. Drew has made his decision.

Oh, I know where I’m going,” Drew said. “I made up my mind a while ago. I’m ready to get it out and get it over with. I’ve had fun with it, but it’s taken its toll.”

Defensive tackle Mickey Johnson from Covington, La., will let his decision be known today as well. Johnson is considering Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee.

At first it was fun going around and everything,” Johnson said. “But lately it’s started getting tough. The pressure’s been building up on me.”

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Was Ray Drew Recruiting Prospect For Georgia?

Offensive lineman Antonio Richardson from Nashville, Tenn., took an official visit to Georgia this weekend.

Richardson, who took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend, came away impressed during his visit.

“It went great,” Richardson told “I met a lot of players that I never got to meet. I met a few of the guys that played in the Under Armour (All-American) game and few of the recruits in Georgia. I had a good time with some of the players getting to know the city and the environment and everything. This visit is going to be a huge factor in my decision.”

What about the advice of defensive end Ray Drew? The Thomasville, Ga., prospect was visiting Clemson this past weekend, but he’s a high priority for Georgia’s 2011 class. Richardson said he’s heard plenty about Georgia from Drew.

“It’s crazy, the person who’s been pushing me the most wasn’t even here this weekend,” Richardson said. “Ray Drew and I became really good friends at the (U.S.) Army All-American (Bowl). He’s been telling me to take a really good look at Georgia.”

Richardson is considered the nation’s seventh-best offensive tackle and 74th best overall prospect by He’s expected to visit Southern California this weekend.

Drew will announce his choice on Friday. Georgia, Clemson, Miami, Auburn and LSU are all on his list.

It’s interesting that Drew would be pushing Richardson to look at Georgia. Last week, defensive tackle prospect John Jenkins said Drew had already decided which school he will attend.

“I don’t want to reveal his situation or anything like that,” Jenkins told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “but (Drew) knows what he’s going to do. He took me aside and told me his thing.”

Georgia’s recruiting took a big turn last week when tight end Jay Rome and defensive back Malcolm Mitchell committed to the Bulldogs. Landing Drew would be another boost to Georgia’s group of in-state prospects for the class of 2011.

Jenkins and linebacker Kent Turene were in Athens this past weekend for official visits. Both prospects are thought to be seriously considering Georgia. Of course, the Bulldogs hope to land in-state prospect Isaiah Crowell, who’s considered one of the nation’s top tailback prospects.

Georgia has 21 commitments for the class of 2011. Georgia’s class currently ranks No. 9 in the Rivals team rankings.

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