Tag:Georgia Bulldogs
Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 11:53 am

Potential lockout could keep Green at UGA

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia wide receiver standout A.J. Green has been widely assumed to be as good as gone after the completion of the 2010 season with the Bulldogs.  Green is considered the the top wide receiver in the potential draft pool by most scouts, and among the top ten overall selections on most draft boards.  However, Green says that the looming NFL lockout could play a role in his decision to declare for the draft or return to Athens for his Senior year.  

“That’s really gonna play a big part in my decision,” Green said in regards to the draft and the potential lockout. “Because if they’re talking about a lockout, there’s really no point in me leaving.”

Green also made a point earlier in the season to mention that he felt like he owed something to the Georgia fans for missing the first four games of the season due to NCAA suspension.  Green is 20 academic hours away from getting his degree, something he says has been a goal of his since setting foot on campus.  But Green also admitted that playing the NFL has been a life-long dream, and acknowledges his final game in a Bulldog uniform may be coming soon.  He will not make a decision either way until after Georgia's bowl game, should they make the postseason.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: November 15, 2010 9:36 am

Richt: No word on Murray's knee

Posted by Chip Patterson

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley has come under some heat from the media for some of his hits during Auburn's 49-31 win over Georgia on Saturday.  The topic became an issue particularly after a helmet first hit forced starting quarterback Aaron Murray out of the game with a knee injury.  Murray sat out the final five plays of the game, and was not available for the media because he was receiving medical attention.  Head coach Mark Richt did say in his postgame comments that Murray wanted to re-enter the game, and the quarterback tweeted after the game that the knee is "all good."  But when Richt held his Sunday evening teleconference with media members, he was none too interested in talking about injuries.

"I'm not going to talk about injuries in this conference," Richt said in the call. "I'm just going to hold off on that. I've got to get a clear picture from Ron. ... When I get with Ron, I'm sure we'll have a discussion and will have a better idea of what is going on in that regard."

Georgia has a much-needed off week before facing in-state rival Georgia Tech at home in the regular season finale on November 27.  At 5-6, the Bulldogs need the win in order to become bowl eligible for the 14th straight season.  A small consolation for an otherwise disappointing season in Athens.  Murray has exhibited great promise in his freshman season, throwing for 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and he did so without star wide receiver A.J. Green for the first four games.  In Murray the Bulldogs have a quarterback to build on for the future, so there is a bit of concern from the Georiga faithful.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:41 am

UGA's Green on NFL: 'I don't know'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia's A.J. Green didn't need the first four games of the season to quickly remind everyone of his rank among wide receivers in college football.  The seven catch, 119 yard, two touchdown performance (particularly this catch) in the Bulldogs losing effort against Colorado is just another set of highlights to add to Green's expanding NFL reel.  While it has not been set in stone that Green would enter the NFL Draft as soon as he is eligible, it has been widely assumed to be the case.

But Green claims that decision has not been made.  Yesterday during Georgia's media availability Green touched on the issue of leaving early and answered questions as to whether or not the suspension has had any effect on that decision
“I don’t know yet. But I do feel like I owe some of the fans some more stuff, just missing those four games. So I don’t know,” Green said. “Like I said, I’m gonna sit down with my family whenever the time comes and make the best decision for me.”
That's all nice and everything A.J., but you are not really fooling anyone.  For someone who has already shown an interest in capitalizing financially on his all-star status, there will be no surprises when Green declares for the NFL Draft following the season.  Green is considered by most to be the top wide receiver in a draft class that is significantly thin at the position.  For NF teams needing a playmaker that can have an immediate impact, Green will be their prize.

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