Junior outfielder Matt Cerione, one of six more Bulldogs selected in the second day of the MLB draft, was taken by the Mariners in the 13th round. Normally an underclassman drafted that low might be expected to return for his senior year to probably improve his draft status the next year (as did the Dogs’ Trevor Holder, who last year was a 10th round pick by the Marlins but came back and this year was taken in the third round by the Nationals). But most Diamond Dogs observers believe Cerione is outta here. Even before the draft, the scuttlebutt circulating in Athens was that Cerione, who hit .291 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs this season but came in for some pointed and very public criticism from head coach David Perno, would not be returning to Athens. …
Meanwhile, is there any chance Rich Poythress, drafted in the second round by the Mariners, will return for his senior year in Athens? Talking with Georgiadogs.com, he says: “I feel like I’m ready to go play pro ball. I feel like this is my best opportunity to start my career. If things don’t work out I’m not opposed to it; it’s been the greatest three years of my life. Being around that group of guys is something I will cherish the rest of my life. If things don’t work out and whatever happens, that’s something I’m not opposed to.”
Georgia football fans keep wondering who’s going to be the Dogs’ next big hitter in the secondary. Well, the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer says that Mark Richt gave a glowing assessment of Nick Williams at Macon’s Pigskin Preview, noting that the linebacker could be an answer to the depth problem at safety now that John Knox is gone. He compared Williams with a past Dog known for his hard hits. “Nick is a hybrid,” Richt said. “He’s very much like Thomas Davis was, a high energy guy that can really whack. He just loves to play the game.”
David Hale of Bulldogs Blog says Richt has taken note of criticisms that some of his recent comments have sounded a bit whiney. The coach plans to be more circumspect in what he says. “I’m going to give a lot less of my opinion,” Richt said. “A lot of times, I will say things pretty tongue-in-cheek, but it doesn’t read that way. So I’ve just got to guard my words. That’s just the position I’m in, especially this time of year.”
David Ching of the Banner-Herald talked with Richt about how the coach is recharging his battery this summer, cutting back on some of the many commitments that left him drained at the start of the season last year. He’s working out, spending more time with his family on Lake Hartwell, not undertaking any overseas travel. “I was very tired when the season started last year,” Richt said. “I really was. More than I thought I’d be. I want to be fresh.”
Tom Luginbill of Scouts Inc. writes on ESPN.com that Under Armour All-American wide receiver prospect Da’Rick Rogers’ decision to attend the University of Georgia represents a significant pick up for the Bulldogs.
Rogers “is a unique prospect. He possess a rare combination of top-end speed and physical stature (at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds ). It’s easy to find small guys who run well or big, physical guys who don’t. Rogers has both qualities. … Georgia fans have become accustomed to seeing physically, freakish wideouts wearing red and white. With A.J. Green, [Marlon] Brown and Rogers in the program, that won’t change any time soon.”
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