Originally created 09/22/99

Donnan dotes on athleticism of 0-3 Central Florida



ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Jim Donnan knows his No. 11 Bulldogs are supposed to easily dispose of the 0-3 University of Central Florida on Saturday, but he reminds all that the Golden Knights haven't played any patsies.

In fact, the Orlando school has the toughest September schedule in the nation, losing to No. 13 Purdue 47-13 in its opener, then getting beaten 58-27 by No. 3 Florida and dropping a 41-10 decision to No. 10 Georgia Tech last Saturday.

"Obviously they've played a very difficult schedule," said Donnan, whose Bulldogs were idle last Saturday after beating Utah State 38-7 in its opener and SEC opponent South Carolina 24-9 on Sept. 11. "The tendency is to look at their scores, but they do have a lot of good athletes."

Despite what Donnan says, the Bulldogs are 27´-point favorites for the 1 p.m. game at SanFord Stadium.

"They've done a good job of getting the recruits around central Florida and they've got some high-profile skill guys that can make plays," he said.

He specifically named receiver Charles Lee, who has 27 receptions for 334 yards and a touchdown.

"He's a threat and could play for a lot of teams in our league," he said.

"I'm not trying to sugarcoat (anything)," said Donnan. "This is one of those games everybody expects us to go out there and do a lot. At the same time, athletically, they're capable of making some plays on you."

As for his own team, Donnan said he feels good about winning their first two games, but "was disappointed after the (South Carolina) game because we didn't catch the ball better."

Quarterback Quincy Carter completed 21 of 38 passing attempts for 320 yards and two TDs, but Donnan said there were 11 drops, including several by freshman Terrence Edwards, who still managed seven catches for 90 yards and a TD after grabbing 10 for 196 yards and two scores in his first collegiate game against Utah State.

"Knowing what you have to do to win in this league, it's pretty obvious we're going to have to be able to throw and catch the ball. So we probably threw the ball a little more (against South Carolina) than we would normally," he said.

"It's kind of a mixed bag. After the first game, everybody was worried about our defense and after our second game, everybody was worried about our offense -- why can't we run up and down the field -- but we are averaging over 500 yards a game."

Actually 513 yards a game, sixth nationally.

"We're doing a lot of good things," said Donnan.

* Donnan said Chad Talton, a junior flanker from Dallas, Ga., who plays primarily on specials teams, has been declared medically disqualified. He said Talton injured his back in practice last week and tests showed that he had a compressed vertebrae and continuing to play would be too much of a risk. Surgery will not be necessary. ... Linebacker Will Witherspoon (ankle), who sat out the South Carolina game, will start, as will wide receiver Michael Greer, who missed the Utah State game with a concussion and South Carolina with a hamstring. Running back Brett Millican (foot) also is expected to play.