Entering the Jan.2 Outback Bowl against Michigan State, Charles and White each have 10, tied with Leonard Pope for most in program history.
“It will be a nice little battle to see who gets that 11th and who holds the record,” quarterback Aaron Murray said.
Of course, Charles would have the entire 2012 season to add to his total, but the bowl will be his last game if he enters the NFL draft.
“I’m hoping I get one in the bowl game and he’s like `Oh, no, I can’t let Aron White go out on top,” White joked Monday, noting that if Charles enters the draft it would knock him down a spot on team’s draft boards. “I’ll hold the crown for a year and then he’ll probably break it in the first game.”
White has come up big in bowl games for Georgia.
He had a 21-yard touchdown catch as a freshman in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan State and was named Independence Bowl offensive player of the game the next year after both of his catches against Texas A&M went for touchdowns.
“It would be an awesome experience to get another touchdown in a bowl game or be a major contributor,” White said. “This is my last time donning the G on my helmet so it’s definitely going to be an emotional game for me.”
LB Washington weighing NFL jump
Another Georgia underclassman said he’s submitted paperwork to the NFL's college advisory committee. This time it’s fourth-year junior Cornelius Washington.
The fact that Washington has joined Orson Charles, Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings and Aaron Murray in getting feedback on his draft prospects isn’t a big surprise in itself. But Washington seems to be giving serious consideration to making the jump, unlike Commings and Murray.
“I’m going to get the evaluation back, see what it says and then have a few conversations with coach (Todd) Grantham and some of the other coaches and just kind of see where I’m at,” Washington said.
Washington, who said he is close to graduating, said he wants to make “a very informed, educated decision and just try to do the best thing for me. …I haven’t really decided either way whether I’m going to leave.”
The 6-foot-4, 269-pound Washington is second on the Bulldogs with five sacks and 26 quarterback hurries in 11 games.
“Of course I want to go as high as possible," Washington said. "Being realistic, I guess second (round), something like that. That would be all right.”
The Hephzibah native is not expected to be drafted as high as Jarvis Jones, Charles or Rambo. Jones has said repeatedly he will return in 2012.
“I like the camaraderie here and I would like to spend another year with the guys and see how far we can take it considering the success that we’ve had so far this season,” Washington said.
Washington said Monday he hasn’t talked in-depth to Grantham about his decision, “but I actually was about to go talk to him in a few minutes.”
He said he would also wanted to talk to inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti. Grantham and Olivadotti both coached in the NFL.
Walsh ready at punter just in case
Punter Drew Butler remains out of practice with a sprained left ankle. Butler punts with his right foot.
“He’ll be fine,” kicker Blair Walsh said. “He’ll be ready to go. That’s for sure.”
Just in case he’s not, Walsh has been punting in practice with the first-team along with walk-on Adam Erickson from Clarke Central.
“I had a 4.94 (hang time) yesterday so I was pretty happy about that,” Walsh said. “I haven’t had a lot of reps since high school. I don’t think I did that bad honestly.”
Butler was injured when he slipped wearing tuxedo shoes. Walsh thinks the injury happened on the night of the team’s gala on Dec. 10.
“Gotta ask him,” Walsh said. “I don’t know the whole details of it.”
This and that
Richt said offensive right guard Chris Burnette, who missed another practice Monday, has a “fairly severe” sinus infection. “We don’t think it’s any concussion issue right now,” Richt said. Freshman Watts Dantzler continued to work in Burnette’s spot. …Richt didn’t have final word yet Monday on any players being academically ineligible for the bowl. “I’ve heard absolutely nothing that would get me alarmed at all,” Richt said. “I think we’re in great shape.” …Georgia players stretched before Monday’s practice to Christmas music playing over a loud-speaker: “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Oh, Holy Night.” The team holds its final on-campus bowl practice this morning. “Most of the work is done before we go home for Christmas,” Richt said. “As excited as the players are to be leaving…I think the coaches might be more excited.” …Linebacker Mike Gillard (ankle) remains out, but said via Twitter on Monday that he would “be back b4 the bowl game.”