Burrows returns to UGA's team

Four days after UGA announced that he was transferring in search of more playing time, redshirt sophomore linebacker Brandon Burrows returned to the Bulldogs' team Monday, father Cliff Burrows confirmed to Dawgs247.

Burrows and his family met with UGA coaches, including Mark Richt, who reportedly welcomed the linebacker from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., back to the team.

"He's back," Cliff Burrows said. "We got all that squared away. He's back with the family."

Burrows joins safety Marc Deas and tailback Ken Malcome as players who have left UGA's team in the past year in search of a transfer only to return a short time later.

In a Thursday announcement, Burrows cited a desire to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense -- rather than inside linebacker in Georgia's two-year-old 3-4 defense -- as a reason he was pursuing a transfer.

"I have worked with that transition but decided that I want to get back to playing defensive end," Burrows said at the time in a statement. "I think another program may give me the best opportunity to succeed at that."

Asked if a position change was discussed as part of Burrows' return, father Cliff said it was not.

Burrows in entering his third season with Georgia's team, though he has yet to play in a game while dealing with multiple injuries, including shoulder surgery that forced him to miss the 2011 season.

"He's been through a lot these last few years," Cliff Burrows said. "You start to contemplate things, and it gets confusing. ... He just stepped away to rethink things, and he's back."

Asked Burrows' happiness to be back, Cliff replied, "He's very happy."

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