Notebook: Burnette ‘prepared’ for marriage, Dooley gushes over Georgia

By Ryan Black
Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATHENS – Chris Burnette was 99 percent sure his girlfriend would accept his marriage proposal on Sunday.

That wasn’t good enough for Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend. He needed 1 percent more certainty from his right guard.

“He was like, ‘Well, you better mark sure she is going to say yes before you invite all of these people,’” Burnette said.

Not to worry, though, as Arielle Haynes indeed said “yes” when Burnette popped the question. The proposal took place Sunday at Athens Church, where Burnette and Haynes are regular attendees. Luckily, the weekly Sunday service begins at noon, which meant many of Burnette’s Bulldog teammates who go to earlier services at other churches could make it.

News spread quickly, especially after video of the event was posted online. When asked what made him do a video, Burnette couldn’t explain it.

“I just knew that I wanted it to have something that was Christ-centered, because He has been at the center of our relationship from the get-go,” he said. “And I wanted to do something public, because that’s how she is. I knew she would appreciate it, so it only fit for me to do it at church.”

Burnette said there has been no firm date set for the wedding, but they are planning to have it sometime next summer. Six months into their relationship, Burnette knew he would eventually ask Haynes to be his wife. There was just one thing holding him up.

“I was just trying to save up money and be financially stable,” he said. “It really helped me mature a lot during that time.”

At 21, he is the younger partner in the relationship by three years. But with the advice he has received from his father, Haynes’ father and his pastor, Burnette feels he is ready to take on the challenges inherent to making a marriage work.

“They’ve all been saying that marriage is a sacrifice,” he said. “It’s not about you. I think that’s something I’m prepared for.”

Vols’ Dooley hopes for better showing in Athens

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley didn’t have to be asked for his thoughts about Georgia. Instead, he addressed it in his opening statement during his weekly media session on Monday.

“There’s no sense in me talking about how good they are,” he said. “They’re probably playing as good as I’ve seen them in a long time.”

Dooley went on to list the Bulldogs’ impressive stats on offense and defense, and the talent they have at myriad positions on the field before finally saying, “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

“Hopefully we can take a lot of the lessons that we’ve learned in the first four games and try to go play in Athens and see how it turns out,” he said.

The Volunteers hope it will turn out better than it did last time they traveled to Athens. Two seasons ago, Georgia cruised to an easy 41-14 victory after jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Dooley is confident his team has improved immensely since then, and won’t be intimidated by playing a true road game for the first time this season.

But to find a better result than 2010, the Volunteers will have to slow down the Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher, Bulldog true freshman Todd Gurley, who enters Saturday averaging 101.5 rushing yards per game.

“We’ve got to win the line of scrimmage first, have good scheme discipline and then bring a lot of hats to the football, because one guy ain’t gonna bring him down,” Dooley said.

Of course, Gurley isn’t Georgia’s sole threat. Dooley couldn’t say enough good things about the play of the Bulldogs’ junior signal-caller, Aaron Murray.

“He’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Dooley said. “He’s got a very strong arm, he’s got a lot of snaps under his belt. They don’t change a lot offensively in what they do. He’s had a lot of work at getting good at what they do and you can just see him triggering the ball a lot quicker than he ever has, he’s a lot more accurate than he has been, and that just comes with experience.”

As for his own quarterback, Dooley was pleased with the strides Tyler Bray has made the past two weeks. With his frustrations boiling over during the Volunteers’ loss to the Florida Gators two weeks ago, Dooley said he sat down with his starting quarterback on multiple occasions to explain how to better control his emotions.

“There were a lot of conversations about how you manage what goes wrong in a game, and how your body language and your thoughts and words can affect other people, especially guys on the team,” Dooley said. “He made some bad throws early [in last week's game against Akron], bad decisions early and he was frustrated wanting to get something to happen, but he really kept a nice calm about him. He worked his way through the game and he got better and better and better as the game went on. That was a good step for Tyler.”

Lee, O-line tough it out

The moment left guard Dallas Lee injured his ankle against Florida Atlantic two weeks ago, he made up his mind that  he wasn’t going to miss playing against Vanderbilt.

Lee’s status heading into Saturday’s game was murky, though — at least to the public. He knew well ahead of time he would be in the starting lineup when the first-team offense took the field on its opening drive.

“Coach [Friend] told me on Thursday after practice,” he said. “My ankle held up good that day, so afterwards he let me know.”

Lee said it is normally up to players whether they feel healthy enough to go all-out in practice. Getting the starting nod is up to the coaches, though. And for an offensive line that has trotted out the same starting five every game this season, playing through minor injuries is just a way of life. No one is more aware of the line’s lack of depth than the players themselves, Lee explained.

“That’s definitely on everybody’s mind. We know who we have in the room,” he said. “As far as the starting five, it’s going to take something pretty serious for us to not play. We want to keep playing with each other and give us the best chance to win on Saturday.”

S. Carolina game set for 7 p.m. on  ESPN

Georgia’s Oct. 6 football game at South Carolina will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN,  the SEC announced today.

Georgia is ranked No. 5 and South Carolina No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press media and USA Today coaches’ polls. Both teams are 4-0.

Injury update

Georgia’s injury report on Monday was a short one, listing only four players. One was defensive end Abry Jones, who was held out of practice due to an ankle sprain he suffered in Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt. Offensive lineman Watts Dantzler was battling an ankle sprain of his own, which precluded him from taking part in contact drills. The other two Bulldogs listed have had long stays on the injury report: offensive lineman Hunter Long (left foot fracture) and tight end Cole Trolinger (concussion).

84 comments Add your comment


September 24th, 2012
11:08 pm


Keep up the intensity Dawgs…

One game at a time


September 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

And pass a note to Bobo to keep the game called like he did against Vandy.

william cranman

September 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

Great report Chip. Thanks.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2012
11:20 pm

Puts pressure on Bray and he will totally lose his composure. He should have nightmares about Jones next week. You should also be able to run at will in the second half due to their lack of depth. I can’t see the Vols staying within 3 touchdowns in Athens.

Resident Georgia Fan

September 24th, 2012
11:26 pm

From sixth on down you can eat my red clay dust!!!


September 24th, 2012
11:31 pm

Sounds like Derek has taken notes from his dad, Vince.

Vince never played a team he did not gush over. He would find something to worry about in every opponent to draw his players’ attention to that team.

I remember his saying he was concerned about Oregon State because they had the best onside kicking game in college football.

I remember him worrying about taking his Georgia team to Nashville to play Vanderbilt because Vandy’s field was flat and Georgia’s field has a crown down the middle with slope for water drainage. He was concerned his players might not adjust.

I loved that about Vince. Part of the anticipation for the next game was waiting to see what Vince would come up with to build up the opponent.

Hope Coach Richt tells his players to ignor Derek and not let Derek set them up mentally. Go in there to torch them between the sidelines.

Its great to be a Georgia Bulldog!!

Old Dad

September 24th, 2012
11:31 pm

One game at a time.

Go Dawgs!


September 24th, 2012
11:42 pm

If there is a “trap” game on our schedule it’s this one. Funny to even be saying that about Tennessee. Assuming tree and Rambo are back as suspected, that’ll probably provide the emotional lift for the D. As amazing as our offense has been, UT’s d line and linebackers are a little bigger faster and stronger than anyone we’ve played this year.
This will be the biggest test yet for our o line.
Hope our crowd comes early and sets the emotional tone. Dawgs beat vols – 30-20


September 25th, 2012
12:04 am

Dawgs38 Tenn10

Cornelius Washington's Neck Brace

September 25th, 2012
12:14 am

survive UT…..pressure Bray and decent defensive back play and we should be ok…..if the offensive keeps playing well…..I do not like the 7:00pm start for the South Carolina game….was hoping for a hot afternoon to keep the Gamecock fans quieter.


September 25th, 2012
12:19 am

Dawgs 42 – 20. Run the ball, stop the run and pressure Tyler Bray. Cummings moves back to CB and Rambo to Safety. No turnovers. Tick Hounds don’t have the “D” to stop Murray & Co.


September 25th, 2012
12:20 am

Rumor has it Bobby Petrino wants to be the next coach at 10-A-C…. the only free agent coach that can guarantee wins… scumbag person, but good football coach who has won big every place he has ever coached. Not much difference between Lane Kiffin and Bobby Petrino as far as character goes but Petrino is by far the better football coach.

Montravious Adams to be in attendance in Athens this Saturday, for an unofficial visit, to the 10-A-C game! I believe he will return again later in the season, for an unofficial visit for the Ole Miss game.

Some good news, Lamery Tunsil was a no-show this past Saturday, for his visit, to the FSU and Clemson game.

Derrick Henry is set to announce Thursday the 27th, I am thinking he rolls with the Crimson Tide!

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“G” plays Gurley Bawl”

“Gurlshall = Herschel” (two freshmen combined)

“BELIEVE in the “G”

Daytona Dawg

September 25th, 2012
12:28 am

I lived in Tennessee (Memphis & Nashville) for 5 years in the late 1990’s. Remember when UT beat us 8 years straight? I was there for years 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

I had to sit in the sports bars surrounded by the most annoying fans—with THE worst fight song—for years. As soon as I left that state, we rattled off 4 years of victory against ol’ Rocky Top (2000-2003).

This is BY FAR my favorite game to win.


September 25th, 2012
12:40 am

I think this will be a much better game that Dog fans are thinking. 4-0 against cupcakes and mediocre teams are going to their heads.


September 25th, 2012
12:44 am

@Daytona Dawg

For the love of God….Please do not move back to Tennessee!!!!


September 25th, 2012
12:47 am


Since we are all entitled opinions……I think you are wrong


September 25th, 2012
12:58 am



September 25th, 2012
1:01 am


Georgia has STARS at at least 11 positions. Read the article I posted above…..this team is for real for real!!!


September 25th, 2012
1:36 am

Stay focused! Stay hungry! Our TEAM, Our TIME, NO REGRETS! Let’s make it happen Dawgs! Beat Rocky Top and go to Columbia with a Top 5 ranking and one heck of a chip on our shoulder. This is our year! GO DAWGS!!!


September 25th, 2012
1:43 am

Run the ball and keep Bray off the field…


September 25th, 2012
4:41 am

By the way congratulations to Chris and Arielle! DGDs!

run the damn ball

September 25th, 2012
5:24 am

Trap game, trap game , TRAP GAME, TRAP game, trap GAMe, WTF!!!! It’s the next game on the schedule.

Bitter gurly man

September 25th, 2012
7:01 am

uh—dawgs rule—-bring it on chickens

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September 25th, 2012
7:59 am

This is where we are going to see if we REALLY are a different team- do we feel all giddy about ourselves after DOING WHAT WE SHOULD ALWAYS DO WHEN WE PLAY VANDY and come out flat against UT and get beat (Like we did after we felt all giddy about ourselves after blasting LSU a few years ago)……..I really think this team might have it……..i want to beleive it……we will see


September 25th, 2012
8:14 am

who is your team laine?


September 25th, 2012
8:18 am

Jam TN receivers at the line and make the plays take longer to develop. That will give the D line and linebackers time to get to Bray. Stay in your gaps to shut down the run. Our linebackers and corners have too much speed to allow many runs to get outside. TN will score some points, however. I’d say 10 to 17. The UGA offense will get stronger as the game progresses and start to pull away by the end of the third quarter. UGA wins 42-17.


September 25th, 2012
8:19 am

did anyone notice bvg and wm held #2 to 12 points??we play them too.

Vampire Bill

September 25th, 2012
8:20 am

@ Laine Mark Richt may not be the best in the land but he and his staff are far from 3rd rate. You however are a worthless troll. Fly away crap bird.


September 25th, 2012
8:21 am

how bout that joe tereshinsky s/c program? gata bobo


September 25th, 2012
8:22 am

The USC will be a real tough game. Both defenses fly to the ball. I think Latimore may not be quite as quick or strong as he has been, but the man is still very good. Not top end speed like a Gurley or Marshall. Latimore is more like Boo Malcolm. Tough as nails and gets the 5-6 yards most of the time. It will all depend on whether UGA’s offense is really clicking as they are better than USC’s offense. If UGA gets rolling, it could be out of hand by the fourth quarter. If they don’t it will be another nail biter to the end. I’d say UGA 31-21.


September 25th, 2012
8:26 am

Worry about SC next week. This week they need to think about nothing but Orange and that annoying fight song. I don’t want to hear that song played one time Saturday. A quick start and thorough beating will keep that song out of the stadium.


September 25th, 2012
8:30 am

Laine, we had a crap team on the original schedule this year but had to drop Alabama when Missouri joined the conference.


September 25th, 2012
8:34 am

Mike Bobo gets a head coaching gig next year. Probably the Arkansas job.

Jimmy Crack

September 25th, 2012
8:39 am

Has Hunter Long ever NOT been on the injured list?

All Dawg

September 25th, 2012
8:42 am

Gurley + Marshall= Hershel


September 25th, 2012
8:58 am

Well said Craig. I think we’ll know a lot about this team by halftime of the Tennessee game. We’ll know if they’ve really got it straight in the head or if they’ve been reading the proverbial press clippings and come out flat as a damn IHOP pancake. I don’t want to hear about any halftime adjustments. I don’t want to hear about Grantham going crazy at halftime. Let’s put on the big boy pants and take care of business for 60 full minutes for once.

Still not 100% sold on this team. We’ve been burned so many times before.


September 25th, 2012
9:05 am

Let Derrick Henry go to Bama. Maybe he sees the writing on the wall in the two great freshmen RB’s we have — I guess he can’t stand the competition.


September 25th, 2012
9:09 am


September 25th, 2012
9:11 am

Laine is trolling for homos


September 25th, 2012
9:13 am

Protect the ball. We win. Simple. Go Dawgs.


September 25th, 2012
9:27 am

News flash Laine!!! Bama recruited the same players UGA did. Moron!


September 25th, 2012
9:35 am

It would be nice to beat UT. SC will be in the top10 the following week. Go dawgs.


September 25th, 2012
9:36 am

Will everyone please stop comparing either one of these two, or both of them, to Hershel Walker.It is obvious none of those who are making these comparisons ever saw him play, and besides that, do not put that kind of comparative pressure on either one of them. Plus, neither one has the physical build of Hershel. The video below was Hershel’s introduction to Bill Bates, and coincidentally, the Tennessee Vols. I still remember listening to the radio broadcast that night.

Blue Ridge Dawg

September 25th, 2012
9:37 am

@ Dayton- – - I agree! I had rather beat UT than anybody on the schedule. I live on the TN border and had to endure some horrific UT fans over the years. GO DAWGS!!


September 25th, 2012
9:41 am

No looking down the road to SC or UF we play UT this week….line up snap the ball and hit anyone in hard and fast every down and we should be good…Go Dogs !


September 25th, 2012
9:41 am

Blue Ridge dog, I know how you feel. I too live in Georgia, about 15 miles from Chattanooga. Tennessee fans are some of the most arrogant and obnoxious fans on the face of the earth.


September 25th, 2012
9:50 am

Don’t get caught looking ahead, Bulldogs.

Just win this one, then the game in Columbia will be HUGE.

bham dawg

September 25th, 2012
10:10 am

They are not looking ahead. Rambo and Tree make their debut and the defense is going to show out just to prove what they can be at full strength.

@Ratoinale… great post. we don’t need to put any added pressure on these young backs. there was only one and there will never be another herschel walker. legend that draws no comparison. Todd Gurley is the next Todd Gurley… he will make his own name.

Cobb Dawg

September 25th, 2012
10:20 am

Daytona Dawg, I’m with you……..not a fan of UT to say the least. I really hope we put it on ‘em this Sat. DD is a great guy and I hope he ends up somewhere where he can be successful. I think UT’s in for a tough period.