UGA TE Charlie Woerner on crutches after Rose Bowl

Oklahoma linebackers Caleb Kelly (19) and Kenneth Murray (9) bring down Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner (89) during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)

From Wire Reports

 

PASADENA, Calif. — While Georgia players were exuberant and some looked exhausted after needing double overtime to seal a 54-48 Rose Bowl win Monday over Oklahoma, one of the Bulldogs top pass catchers in the game was on crutches as he exited the locker room.

Tight end Charlie Woerner appeared to have a left foot injury.

It’s unclear what his status is for the national championship game next Monday.

“That’s a question for Coach (Kirby) Smart,” tight ends coach Shane Beamer said. “He had an injury, I’m not sure the extent of it.”

Woerner had three catches for 21 yards, all in the first quarter.

New hire: Smart confirmed that he has made a hiring for the soon-to-be vacant outside linebackers coach position.

Smart said on a teleconference Tuesday that he hired Memphis inside linebackers coach Dan Lanning to replace Kevin Sherrer. Lanning will take over the position after Georgia’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game matchup with Alabama. Sherrer, who accepted the defensive coordinator position at Tennessee, will coach the national championship before moving on to his next job.

Lanning is considered an up-and-comer and previously worked with Smart when he was a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2015. That also gives Lanning familiarity with Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, who were on that staff then. Lanning has spent the past two seasons at Memphis.

No decision: Hold on for counting Trenton Thompson as a sure thing to return for his senior season.

Speaking for the first time since his Instagram post last month appeared to indicate he would be back for the 2018 season, Thompson said that decision still is to be made.

“Everything’s up in the air,” the defensive tackle said. “Me and my mom, we’ve still got to regroup. I love Georgia so everything will come to my mom.”

Thompson had two tackles in Georgia’s 54-48 double overtime Rose Bowl victory on Monday.

He would have faced questions Saturday about his plans for next year when the entire team was to be at the bowl media day, but Thompson was a no show.

“I tried to get my treatment, stay up with my body,” Thompson said. “A lot of body parts really hurt. The more I get treatment the more I can play.”

Thompson has at least one more game for Georgia after the Bulldogs won in the national semifinals.

“It felt good,” Thompson said. “The Rose Bowl, a lot of people don’t get to play in it. It’s been a long time since Georgia played in it. It felt good being out here.”

Happy in Athens: Beamer was asked about Sports Talk Radio Network in South Carolina reporting via a Tweet that Beamer is “someone Will Muschamp is considering attempting to add to his staff,” with the Gamecocks.

Beamer said he had text messages from people in South Carolina.

“I have had no contact with South Carolina,” said Beamer, a former South Carolina assistant who is Georgia’s special teams coordinator. “I don’t know where those reports are coming from. My wife and I, we love Columbia, but we sure as heck love Athens and don’t want to leave here anytime soon.”

 

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