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New contacts help Verdun Wheeler see the field better

Being brought down to the turf by Georgia leading tackler Danny Verdun Wheeler might not be what opponents need to fear most. It could be the reaction if Verdun Wheeler gives them his own version of the evil eye.

"Dude, what's wrong with your eye," UAB running back Dan Burks asked Verdun Wheeler after he was tackled two weeks ago in Georgia's 34-0 victory, according to the Bulldogs senior linebacker. "I didn't say nothing to him. I just walked back to the huddle and after the game he said 'You got contacts in?' I said 'Yeah, these are the new Nike contacts.' He said 'Man, I've got to get me some of them.'"

Verdun Wheeler is wearing orange tinted contacts that give his eyes a reddish hue with an orange outer layer. They still frighten even his buddies who know he's wearing them.

"It still freaks my teammates out a little bit," Verdun Wheeler said.

The prescription contact lenses block out the sun's glare, Verdun Wheeler said.

"It intensifies the color green, the white lines," Verdun Wheeler said. "I can see the ball better. I might look back at the sun and catch a glimpse of the sun and still keep going and it won't hurt my eyes."

Verdun Wheeler wears them about twice a week in practice and during day games. So while he wore them Saturday against Colorado, he won't wear them at Mississippi this week for a night game.

"It's like wearing shades in a football helmet," Verdun Wheeler said. "I love them. I wish more guys would get some. They're prescription because I'm already blind any way so I have to wear something out there."

Web posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006

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