Former Thomson High Bulldog and current University of Georgia linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler is 2-0 in his college bowl career.
Verdun Wheeler helped lead the Bulldogs to a 24-21 win over Wisconsin during Saturday's Outback Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler tackles Wisconsin backup quarterback Tyler Donovan.
Photo by Phillip Faulkner/Georgiadogs.com
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.