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Keeping it in perspective: Verdun Wheeler leads team's honoring of fallen opponent

Former Thomson High Bulldog and current University of Georgia linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler is 2-0 in his college bowl career.

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Linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler tackles Wisconsin backup quarterback Tyler Donovan.
Photo by Phillip Faulkner/Georgiadogs.com
Verdun Wheeler helped lead the Bulldogs to a 24-21 win over Wisconsin during Saturday's Outback Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

But it was something the sophomore did off the field that stuck out in Head Coach Mark Richt's mind. Just days after Kwane Doster, a running back at perennial Georgia-opponent Vanderbilt, was shot and killed in an argument over a car, Verdun Wheeler called his coach and suggested the Bulldogs do something to honor the fallen Commodore.

"He just thought we ought to do something as a team and he was right,'' Coach Richt told Morris News Service.

Coach Richt called Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson the next day and sent flowers to Doster's family.

"That's probably something I would have thought of at some point in a busy week, but he came up with it first,'' Coach Richt said.



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