It hasn’t been a good week for former UGA tight end Orson Charles.
Once considered likely to be the top tight end in the NFL draft after having decided to forgo his senior season with the Dogs, Charles now seems to be compiling a model for how to damage your own stock in the draft.
First he skipped the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine because, he said, he got started late training. Then, on an admittedly blustery day at Woodruff Practice Fields, he ran a pair of relatively slow 40s both into and with the wind before a host of pro scouts as part of UGA’s Pro Day.
Going from bad to worse, early Friday morning Charles was booked by Athens-Clarke County police on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
That’s not going to help.
Justin Houston found out last year that off-field issues can drop you in the draft as he fell to the third round after testing positive for marijuana use, and Charles may wind up falling a round or two himself after this latest incident.
I know he’s said his family needs the money, and most observers consider him ready for the pros, but it’s beginning to look like the fates aren’t favoring Charles’ decision to leave college early. It’s too bad, because he seems like a good kid and he was a clutch player at UGA.
His career probably won’t suffer in the long run, but that initial pay day might not be what he expected when he decided to make the jump to the pros now.
Meanwhile, Thursday night was a good one on the tube for anyone with an Athens bent. First there was the B-52’s in a fun concert at the Classic Center in their hometown on GPB, then over on Peachtree TV Mark Fox’s basketball Dogs managed to buck the odds and extend their season by at least a game with an upset of those other Bulldogs from Mississippi State.
Shooting better than usual, the Red and Black Dogs managed to turn it around in the first half after trailing by 7 and then built a nice lead in the second half before having to fend off an MSU rally. UGA hung on for an unexpected win and now faces Vandy in another late-evening game in the SEC tournament.
Another run like in the tornado tournament of 2008 is probably too much to ask, but just having his team still playing basketball at this point is an accomplishment for Fox.
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