It turned out that Brendan Douglas wasn’t just a feel-good story in August.
The two-star running back from Augusta has made some September noise with how he ran the ball late in Georgia’s 41-30 win over South Carolina on Saturday in his college debut.
With Keith Marshall sidelined with a bruised knee, Douglas ran five times for 31 yards, all in the Bulldogs’ final drive, which ate up the last 8:28 of the game.
“He’s definitely found a niche as far as short-yardage, goal-line, four-minute offense, which is when you’re trying to end the game like we were doing,” coach Mark Richt said. “I think he would be first to go in there.”
Richt said it’s not established yet if Douglas has moved ahead of J.J. Green behind Todd Gurley and Marshall as Georgia’s No. 3 tailback.
“We’ve got to continue to develop that depth if injuries do happen,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “It’s a rough and tough league and we played two very good opponents the first two weeks and guys played a lot of snaps. Hopefully we’ll be healed up and be ready to go in a week and a half.”
Gurley has dealt with a minor leg injury early this season but has topped 100 yards rushing each game.
Richt said the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Douglas, who missed the Clemson game after spraining his MCL, probably wouldn’t have had the chance to carry the ball in that final drive if Marshall wasn’t out. His first carry went for 17 yards.
“He took great advantage of it,” Richt said. “Every time we’ve seen him scrimmage, we saw what you guys saw: a really powerful runner who’s got good ball security and some good vision. He’s a very legitimate Southeastern Conference tailback in my opinion and I think he’s going to have a good career for us before it’s over.”
Douglas was considered a fullback by some as a recruit. He was a late switch to Georgia before signing day.
“He’s hard to tackle, low to the ground, good balance,” Bobo said.