Williams could miss season

Des Williams

ATHENS – It appears Georgia has lost starting fullback Des Williams for the season.

Williams, a junior who played in all 12 games last year and carried the ball five times for 43 yards, suffered a significant injury while lifting weights Tuesday as part of the Bulldogs' summer conditioning program. He is believed to have torn loose the biceps tendon in his right arm, an injury which likely would end his season.

Williams was expected to be examined Wednesday evening by Georgia's team surgeons before an official announcement is made about his status, said sports information director Claude Felton.

If Williams is unable to play this year, Georgia will turn to highly touted redshirt freshman Brannan Southerland, a 6-foot, 230-pound product out of GAC in Dacula. Southerland, who was considered one of the top fullback prospects in the country when he signed with the Bulldogs, is one of the team's most impressive physical specimens.

As a true freshman, Southerland posted the third-highest power index (a measure of pound-for-pound strength) on the team, bench pressing 405 pounds and squatting 660 pounds, and he has continued to wow the team's training staff with his strength and athleticism.

Sophomore Danny Ware, the team's second-leading rusher last year as a tailback, also could get some snaps at fullback.

Williams, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, has not taken a redshirt season, so if he has to miss this year, he will return in 2006 with two years of eligibility remaining.

TOGETHER AGAIN: Former Georgia teammates David Greene and David Pollack weren't drafted by the same professional football team, but they have discovered a way to keep the bond between them strong. Greene and Pollack, who played youth football together and then went on to standout careers as Bulldogs, are planning to open an eatery in Athens this fall.

The establishment, which is expected to bear Pollack's name in some form, is expected to serve coffee and sandwiches among other things. It currently is being constructed at 494 Baxter Street across from several UGA dormitories.

ANOTHER COMMITMENT: The football team kept its momentum in the recruiting race this week by picking up its 13th verbal commitment. Parkview lineman Greg Billinger, a 6-foot-3, 255-pounder, told Scout.com that he gave the Bulldogs the news on Tuesday night.

Billinger plays both offensive and defensive line, but told Scout.com that he was being recruited by the Bulldogs as a defensive lineman. He also had scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt, according to Scout.com.

WOMEN'S HOOPS COMMITMENT: Ashley Houts, who led her Dade County team to the Class AA state championship game in Macon this March, has made a verbal commitment to play for Georgia's women's basketball team. Houts, who scored 45 of her team's 53 points in one game last year, was named the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame's female athlete of the year last season.

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