Georgia’s Outback Bowl media day today brought a lot of talk about staying or going.
Coach Mark Richt said again he plans to be at Georgia for the long haul despite his name being linked last week to the Texas A&M job (“I don’t know where all that came from”) and this week to the Penn State opening ( “I didn’t know about that. Is that’s what’s happening now? ).
“ I’ve never been a guy that tries to leverage a situation because the first day I got here I said I want to be at Georgia,” Richt said.
As expected, tight end Orson Charles and safety Bacarri Rambo, both juniors, said they submitted paperwork to the NFL’s college advisory committee, which provides a player feedback on where they could be drafted.
Both said they haven’t made up their minds and will decide after the Jan.2 bowl game against Michigan State in Tampa.
“I’ve been thinking about it but I’ve got that one more game of college football that I’m trying to enjoy,” Rambo said.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, a consensus All-American, said “there’s no reason” for him to send in paperwork. He’s maintained for weeks that he’s returning for his redshirt junior season.
“I love being here,” Jones said. “I love the guys I play with. I love my coaches. I don’t think I’m ready to let that go yet.”
Charles said he doesn’t plan to even look at the grade he gets back until after the bowl.
“I don’t want that to distract me,” Charles said.
Charles said he has “no idea” if there’s a grade he’s looking for to determine whether he should go.
Quarterback Aaron Murray, a redshirt sophomore, said he submitted his name because he was curious to see what they said.
“There’s no chance of me leaving,” Murray said laughing. “I need some more work. It’s just cool. At the end of the day, it’s nice to see what they say…and maybe motivation to help you work hard in the offseason if that is your ultimate goal to get to the NFL.”
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