ATHENS — In a year in which the Georgia Bulldogs have seen their number in a continuing state of dwindle, they finally got to add one on Monday.
Brandon Burrows, a redshirt sophomore linebacker from Marietta who quit the team just last week, asked for and was granted a reinstatement on Monday.
“I’m actually on my way back to Athens right now,” said Burrows, reached via cellphone Monday night. “I’ve just been thinking about it and praying about it a lot. It was weird because, while I was thinking about it, I got a call from Coach [Rodney] Garner and we talked about a lot of things. He was saying I owed it to myself, being fully healthy and not redshirted, to play here and prove to myself I could do it. And I really agree with him. I think I would have being doing myself an injustice if I left in such a manner. So I talked to Coach Richt about it and he’s, of course, as caring and understanding as they come.
“I just can’t put into words how thankful I am to be back and I’m elated to be a Georgia Bulldog.”
Burrows, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker out of Marietta’s Walton High, redshirted as a member of the scout team in 2010, then had to sit out this past season following shoulder surgery. He was able to practice at inside linebacker this spring and was listed as No. 3 at the “Mike” position on the 2012 preseason depth chart. Senior Mike Gilliard and sophomore Amarlo Herrera are currently listed ahead of him.
In announcing his decision to seek a transfer this past Thursday, Burrows said he hoped to become a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme as he envisioned when he first signed with Georgia in 2010.
“There really wasn’t a straw that broke the camel’s back,” Burrows said of quitting. “It wasn’t anything like that. But once you’re gone, that’s like my second family over there and one thing led to another. I just need to take things one day at a time. It was a hasty decision and I just need to focus on getting ready for camp and doing the Dawg thing.”
The Bulldogs had another player quit only to return this past season. Running back Ken Malcome quit the team in frustration over a lack of playing time last September. With Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal on June 29th, Malcome is now the No. 1 tailback heading into preseason camp.