Georgia linebacker Brandon Burrows decides to return to team

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.

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“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.

195 comments Add your comment

elrod

July 9th, 2012
8:44 pm

elrod

July 9th, 2012
8:45 pm

welcome back BB!

Mark (another one)

July 9th, 2012
8:53 pm

I wished him the best when he left and I’m glad he reconsidered. He’s got three years left to get plenty of playing time. College is a time of growth in many ways. Sometimes players waiver and come back with a vengence. Look at Boo from last year.

Sam Adams

July 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

Now we’re only 14 scholarships down…um…hmm…

bubba king

July 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

benadawg

July 9th, 2012
9:00 pm

Bow your neck.
..gata

Game Changer

July 9th, 2012
9:02 pm

This is good news. I hope that the UGA coaching staff will start treating every member of the team in an equal manner.

Welcome back BB and best to you in the 2012 season.

Message to the UGA coaching staff, get you act together, you are paid large sums to do a job and be successful, continued failure and excuses for whatever reason are UNACCEPTABLE, that goes for you also McQauckity.

Dawg Haus

July 9th, 2012
9:03 pm

Welcome back, Brandon! We’re glad you reconsidered.

Dan

July 9th, 2012
9:08 pm

Glad you changed your mind Brandon. Welcome back & good luck to you.

rogeriter

July 9th, 2012
9:11 pm

Game Changer–How has the coaching staff not treated everyone equally? And how would you know anyhow? And I don’t think winning the eastern division of the SEC is failure! I’d love to see you produce the evidence to back up what you are saying. That sounds like something a loser would say.

reality check

July 9th, 2012
9:13 pm

Welcome home Mr. Bradon. You just seem like a DGD. Now Finish the Drill, God bless and Go DAWGS!

jonk

July 9th, 2012
9:15 pm

Yes welcome back BB ..u made the right decision to come back then take one day at a time, deal with present not future because it is not here yet but it is good to plan it.

GtDawg

July 9th, 2012
9:17 pm

Welcome back Big Guy, Sorry about all the bad things I said about you last week.

BG

July 9th, 2012
9:18 pm

Welcome back! GO DAWGS!!!

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
9:18 pm

Great to hear good news after a flood of bad news. With all the recruits leaving and the never ending suspensions I was beginning to think our best chance at a perfect season in 30 years was over. This is alot more important to me than losing recruits because this is someone who is already in the system and will fill in the holes after this season. He is already on the team and recruits aren’t as important because they don’t have the one thing you can’t teach…experience.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:19 pm

Good news for a change.

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:24 pm

Gun Chewer is a complete and total loser. He has proven that time and time again.

Aldi Truth # 41

July 9th, 2012
9:24 pm

Enter your comments here

CMR Titanic

July 9th, 2012
9:26 pm

Dont be fooled…… more rats will continue to jump from this sinking ship!

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:29 pm

More rats and losers will continue to come on UGA blogs and spread their useless tripe no one cares about..

Saint Nick

July 9th, 2012
9:30 pm

Well….. looks like Saban and Bama didnt want the kid anyway…… just saying

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:36 pm

Saint Nick
July 9th, 2012
9:30 pm

Well….. looks like Saban and Bama didnt want the kid anyway…… just saying

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That has to be the most stupid comment I have ever seen on a blog.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:36 pm

Who is your team titanic? Some loser….

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:38 pm

Kerryb ….good job of putting them in their place

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
9:39 pm

Great job Saint Nick! I was beginning to worry that bama fans weren’t paying attention. The day that the tide stops talking trash about a team is the day they aren’t worried about losing to them and there sure isn’t a shortage of comments from you people on here.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:40 pm

Titanic…I hope you are not a Dawg fan….makes me sick.

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:41 pm

Dog Days Behind Us…Dawg Days Ahead!
July 9th, 2012
9:39 pm

Great job Saint Nick! I was beginning to worry that bama fans weren’t paying attention. The day that the tide stops talking trash about a team is the day they aren’t worried about losing to them and there sure isn’t a shortage of comments from you people on here.

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Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:41 pm

Dog days behind us…good point.

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:45 pm

The simpleton that has nothing useful to say has to stoop to 5 year old tactics and hijack your name. Really bright a**hole.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:45 pm

kerryb…don’t get me excited on a blog….wow

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
9:45 pm

Smitty..titanic is probably a bama fan right now…a auburn fan the year before that..and so on. As soon as the Dawgs win a NC they will all jump back on the Titanic. CMR is a great coach but to some people a good clean program isn’t enough. After what happened at Penn State I am even more proud of our coach. Stay strong CMR! Our day is upon us!

Game Time

July 9th, 2012
9:46 pm

I think the UGA fans should try to guess the starting line up for opening day. If anyone get it rights, it would be a miacle.

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:49 pm

miacle? What is a miacle????

T.D.

July 9th, 2012
9:49 pm

Can this guy read?

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:50 pm

Game time…does not make any difference who ever we put out there, it will beats your team…….LOL

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:52 pm

a miacle is something an alabama fan would say…

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:53 pm

I see the Pre-School kid is still in the room. Isn’t it past your bedtime already.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
9:54 pm

kerryb don’t mention sexy….that will only stir the pot….

kerryb

July 9th, 2012
9:55 pm

bucket

July 9th, 2012
9:56 pm

I am one Dawg fan that is happy to see Brandon Burrows reconsider. This is a move that helps the overrall team depth this year and if he is a player he will definetely be needed next year when UGA will lose a lot of starters. With all the defensive discontent at positions where we are thin, I am wondering if maybe Grantham needs to open up the rotation a little bit. With Grantham coming from the NFL with a much smaller roster he may not be used to having so many players at his disposal. I understand that any coach should start the best 11 on each side of the ball, but that doesn’t mean those same 11 have to play the entire game.

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
9:56 pm

Our line-up will be the best person at that position who has met the standards set by our wonderful university and followed CMR’s rules that he has put in place to make them a quality person and football player. Those players that got suspended deserved it cause they were irresponsible with an opportunity any of us would die for! I don’t sweat the naysayers and I am not worried about what recruits we get or lose. We have a chance at a perfect season and you can’t take my excitement away!

Mak

July 9th, 2012
9:57 pm

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
9:59 pm

I like your comment bucket…agree 100 percent…this news is way bigger than recruits. Grantham is a bad-ass however and will only get better in my opinion at his job. Honestly I hope he won’t leave to be a HC somewhere else.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
10:00 pm

kerryb,,,,I sure hope you are a girl…..

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
10:00 pm

Thanks Mak…what is your prediction for your team?

AltamahaDawg

July 9th, 2012
10:02 pm

Good news. Ya think we could use a spare LB or two on those punt coverage teams?

bucket

July 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

Thanks Dog Days – I am glad to have Todd Grantham also and I think he is as much responsible for the turnaround in enthusiasm in the UGA program as anyone. My comments about rotations are not meant as a slap at Grantham, but I do think that is an opportunity for him to adjust to the college game.

Smitty

July 9th, 2012
10:05 pm

AltamahaDawg….good idea…

Dog Days Behind Us...Dawg Days Ahead!

July 9th, 2012
10:06 pm

I know yall are good fans Smitty and Kerryb..wish your names weren’t ruined by idiot imposters.

Boss dog

July 9th, 2012
10:06 pm

Saint Nick. I really think you went down on the titanic. For Brandon ,welcome back.