Originally created 09/12/99

Georgia notes: Ex-Laney star shines for Bulldogs

ATHENS-Kendrell Bell did everything but take tickets and sell drinks.

Bell, a former Laney standout, made his first Division I interception during South Carolina's first drive. Later in the first quarter he collected his first quarterback sack.

"I was nervous coming into the game," said Bell, who made his first start for Georgia. "I was thinking that I can't mess up or coach (Jim Donnan ) would snatch me out. But I had to put that behind me."

Bell, a junior linebacker, nearly blocked a Courtney Leavitt punt in the second quarter as well. Ironically, Bell took out punt returner Patrick Pass on the same play.

"I was trying to come back and I see this guy, No. 40," Bell said. "I thought he was going to tackle (Pass). He just stopped and my intention was to hit him and I tackled Pass."

However, Bell redeemed himself in the third quarter, crashing through the Gamecocks' offensive line and blocking Leavitt's punt attempt.


John Abraham played stellar for the Gamecocks. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound linebacker knocked Georgia's Robert Arnaud out of the game with a sprained knee after Abraham stuffed him for a 1-yard loss on first-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter.

Later in the second quarter, Abraham leaped high up the middle to block a Hap Hines 43-yard field goal attempt.

In the third quarter, Abraham recovered a Jevaris Johnson fumble and returned it 24 yards.


The loudest applause came before the game when UGA VI ran out on to the field for his first game.

"He was nervous," said Charles "Sonny" Seiler, whose family has owned the UGA line since 1956. "He's never been in that kind of noise."

UGA VI succeeds his father, UGA V who began his reign in 1990. Under UGA V, who was retired because of arthritis, Georgia had a record of 69-41-1.

UGA VI is 10 pounds heavier than had his father. His red jersey had to be re-tailored.


With a 36.4 average in 1998, Wynn Kopp had the worst year of any Georgia punter since the Bulldogs started taking punting stats in 1950.

This year? Kopp has punted nine times for 353 yards and a 39.2 yard average.


South Carolina averaged 19 points a game last year. This year? Nine.

Last year, USC lost to UGA 17-3. Against Georgia this year, the Gamecocks managed just 218 yards of total offense.

"Defensively, they're awfully big and had a strong mismatch with our guards," Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz said. "We could not get into a rhythm running the ball tonight."

South Carolina's first seven series of the game went interception, punt, punt, interception, punt, punt and end of half.


For the second game in a row, Phil Petty had a rough time.

The Gamecocks sophomore quarterback completed 49 percent of his passes last year. Through two games this year, though, Petty is 16-for-38 passing with three interceptions and two fumbles.


With all the hype surrounding Georgia's Quincy Carter for Heisman, freshman receiver Terrence Edwards is quietly going about to break a pair of Bulldog reception records.

Edwards, who has 17 receptions in two games, is closing in on Lindsay Scott's record of most receptions (36) by a freshman set in 1978.

The former Washington County star, who also had a 47-yard touchdown reception, needs six more touchdown receptions to break Brice Hunter's record of nine in a season.


Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222 or cag112@hotmail.com


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