Backup DE Thornton waiting for his time

No one likes to play second fiddle.

Serving as a backup along Georgia’s defensive line, however, isn’t so bad when you consider the amount of talent and experience that the Bulldogs boast.

Mike Thornton is listed as a backup defensive end behind senior Cornelius Washington and sophomore Ray Drew, but the redshirt sophomore from Stone Mountain is not getting down on himself.

“It’s tough sitting behind those guys, trying to wait for my turn,” Thornton said. “I go out and I work. I do everything I can to prepare in the same ways they do.”

The former Stephenson standout has worked at both nose guard and defensive end this season at practice and has become a contributor on fifth-ranked Georgia’s special teams this year.

“I’m playing whatever I can play right now, whether it’s special teams, field goals or defense,” said Thornton, who serves as a personal punt protector for punter Collin Barber. “I just play wherever they need me.”

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