Freshman outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins was talking about the “young defense” that Georgia will have next year, already counting on junior linebackers Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones to be gone.
Both are widely projected to be first-round NFL draft picks — ESPN’s Todd McShay has Jones going at No. 13 and Ogletree going at No. 17 in a mock draft — but haven’t announced they are leaving.
“If I was them, I’d be gone,” Jenkins said. “All that money, I’d be gone. I don’t know what they’re doing, but I think everybody knows. Everybody in their mind already knows that they don’t think they’re going to stay another year.”
Two Georgia juniors are planning on returning for their senior seasons.
Defensive end Garrison Smith said he “most definitely” will return for his senior season.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot more to give to the program and the university,” Smith said. “Getting my degree would be one of my big accomplishments in my life.”
Lynch submitted paperwork to get a grade from the NFL draft advisory committee but said he doesn’t want to leave Athens yet.
“Quite frankly, I don’t think I’m ready anyway,” Lynch said. “I think I need another year.”
Bulldogs fill up
The number of Georgia senior football players invited to take part in all-star games next month is in the double digits.
Nose guard John Jenkins, safeties Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams and receiver Tavarres King were selected to play in the Senior Bowl Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala., on the NFL Network. The game is considered the most prestigious for NFL draft prospects.
“It is a big deal,” King said. “I’m blessed to have the opportunity to play in that game and showcase my talents and get my name out there.”
Cornerbacks Sanders Commings and Branden Smith were tabbed for the East-West Shrine Game to be played Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla., also on the NFL Network.
Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington and defensive end Abry Jones were invited to the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game Jan. 11 in Tucson, Ariz.
Linebacker Mike Gilliard and running back Richard Samuel were picked for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19 in Carson, Calif.
Linebacker Christian Robinson said he will play in the Raycom Bowl on Jan. 19 in Montgomery, Ala.
“I’m going to enjoy it and have fun one last time,” Robinson said.