Georgia's Brendan Douglas was close to playing for Georgia Tech

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Don’t think those in the Georgia’s running backs room haven’t reminded freshman Brendan Douglas this week that the Augustan was close to being on the other side of the in-state rivalry Saturday.

Georgia freshman running back Brendan Douglas originally committed to Georgia Tech, but changed his mind when the Bulldogs offered him a scholarship before signing day.  RICHARD HAMM/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
RICHARD HAMM/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
Georgia freshman running back Brendan Douglas originally committed to Georgia Tech, but changed his mind when the Bulldogs offered him a scholarship before signing day.

“It was early and it hasn’t stopped yet,” running backs coach Bryan McClendon said.

Douglas, a former Aquinas star, committed to Georgia Tech in November of 2012, but Georgia offered him a scholarship before national signing day. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder became a Bulldog.

“Brendan was really a late take for us,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday. “I thought he could play either (B-back or A-back). We’d recruited him early to play B-back and then we got another commitment and then when a scholarship opened up. … I thought he was a really good player, so we felt like he could play both, but primarily B-back.”

Douglas wasn’t made available for an interview this week, but the tailback said that Johnson “wasn’t too happy,” with his decision.

Johnson didn’t sign a replacement for Douglas. The B-back is the fullback in Tech’s triple-option offense.

“We didn’t add anybody,” Johnson said. “When they change on you on the last weekend, it’s pretty hard to add somebody.”

Douglas, a two-star recruit by Scout.com, was almost an afterthought in a large Georgia signing class, but with injuries to Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall this season, the Bulldogs have leaned on him plenty.

He’s rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries and has 12 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s been invaluable,” McClendon said.

FLORIDA STATE: The lawyer for quarterback Jameis Winston met with the state attorney Wednesday, hoping to expedite the two-week timetable for a decision on whether charges would come from an investigation into accusations that the Heisman Trophy candidate sexually assaulted a woman.

Attorney Timothy Jansen said he was alarmed by the expected delay by William Meggs’ office and the impact the ongoing probe could have on Winston’s Heisman candidacy and the unbeaten Seminoles’ quest for a berth in the BCS title game.

KENTUCKY: Avery Williamson will make his final start feeling confident that Kentucky is on the path to respectability.

That might sound strange considering the Wildcats are 2-9 overall and 0-7 in the Southeastern Conference entering Saturday night’s season finale against Tennessee.

But Williamson, who is a senior middle linebacker believes he has been around the program long enough to know progress when he sees it.

“I feel like I was a part of the building process here,” he said.

“I know these coaches will get things turned around. We really focused on having a lot more leadership and accountability this year and I think that will help the program in the future.”

ALABAMA: Center Ryan Kelly has sprained a knee, and his status against No. 4 Auburn could be a game-time decision. He was hurt in Tuesday’s practice.


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