Georgia‚Äôs 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 ( ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt know about that. Is that‚Äôs what‚Äôs happening now? ).
‚Äú 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‚Äôs college advisory committee, which provides a player feedback on where they could be drafted.
Both said they haven‚Äôt made up their minds and will decide after the Jan.2 bowl game against Michigan State in Tampa.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been thinking about it but I‚Äôve got that one more game of college football that I‚Äôm trying to enjoy,‚Äù Rambo said.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, a consensus All-American, said ‚Äúthere‚Äôs no reason‚Äù for him to send in paperwork. He‚Äôs maintained for weeks that he‚Äôs returning for his redshirt junior season.
‚ÄúI love being here,‚Äù Jones said. ‚ÄúI love the guys I play with. I love my coaches. I don‚Äôt think I‚Äôm ready to let that go yet.‚Äù
Charles said he doesn‚Äôt plan to even look at the grade he gets back until after the bowl.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want that to distract me,‚Äù Charles said.
Charles said he has ‚Äúno idea‚Äù if there‚Äôs a grade he‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no chance of me leaving,‚Äù Murray said laughing. ‚ÄúI need some more work. It‚Äôs just cool. At the end of the day, it‚Äôs nice to see what they say‚Ä¶and maybe motivation to help you work hard in the offseason if that is your ultimate goal to get to the NFL.‚Äù
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