Defensive duo’s return boosts Bulldogs

Georgia’s defense may have taken a hit with the half-game suspensions of lineman Kwame Geathers and safety Shawn Williams handed down by the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday, but the Bulldogs got two important pieces back for the next game.

Cornelius Washington returns after serving a two-game suspension for his Oct. 2 DUI arrest, and linebacker Alec Ogletree is back at practice again after sustaining a broken foot in a Sept. 3 loss to Boise State.

Washington was pulled over in Commerce and failed a series of field sobriety tests. He was then arrested and booked into Jackson County jail and charged with speeding and driving under the influence.

“It’s been a real humbling experience,” Washington said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ll take the experience, learn a lesson and move forward.”

Ogletree said his foot felt “at about 100 percent” again and that he was working on getting his level of conditioning back up.

Missing so much of the season was a frustrating experience for Ogletree.

“It’s been hard for me, as far as just wanting to be out there and play,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m trying to be a team player, trying to support the guys when they’re out there playing and just trying to get my foot better to get back out there.

Ogletree suffered a broken bone in his right foot in a 35-21 loss to Boise State on Sept. 3 and did not practice until Tuesday.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he was pleased with Ogletree’s play on Wednesday.

“It was exciting,” Grantham said. “He looked good today. I was fired up.”

DREW HONORED BY SEC HONORS: Georgia freshman linebacker Ray Drew couldn’t believe it when a friend texted him on Monday to say congratulations for being named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.

Drew, who had three tackles and a sack against Vanderbilt on Saturday, went online to see if it was true.

“I went online to look it up myself because nobody had told me anything about it,” Drew said. “It was an honor within itself. I was just happy to get it.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Drew has developed well from the start of the season and should pick up some confidence with the award.

“He’s getting more reps, of course, and he’s starting to make some plays,” Richt said. “It just takes time to get comfortable in the system, and once you start playing, I think the confidence really gets boosted, especially now that he’s been named freshman of the week. It can’t do anything but help his confidence and the confidence the coaching staff has for him.”

VISITS FROM FORMER BULLDOGS: Current Georgia players are getting some visits from former standouts this week as they prepare for the Oct. 29 game against Florida.

Former Georgia receiver A.J. Green, now a Cincinnati Bengals rookie, was at practice on Wednesday, and former Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran, an NFL free agent, wrote on Twitter that he and several former players would visit the team today.

Curran posted on Twitter: “Headin to Athens tonight! Ill be speakin to the fball team in the am along with some other former players. Hopefully I can spread knowledge!”

Richt said he did not know Green was planning a visit and did not recognize him at first.

“As practice went on, I got a little closer to him, and I said, ‘Is that A.J.?’ ” Richt said. “Someone said it was, so I went over and said hello to him. It would be nice to recruit him again.”

This and that: Cornerback Brandon Boykin missed practice to get dental work to repair damage to his teeth suffered against Mississippi State. … Safety Bacarri Rambo missed practice nursing a toe injury. … Williams, linebacker Chase Vasser, tailback Carlton Thomas and receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) wore non-contact jerseys.

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