Orson Charles demonstrates how not to improve your NFL draft stock

Orson Charles can catch the ball, but his NFL draft stock may be falling. (Associated Press)

Orson Charles can catch the ball, but his NFL draft stock may be falling. (Associated Press)

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.

BONUS BASKETBALL

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.

Go Dogs!

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128 comments Add your comment

mike addington

March 9th, 2012
10:26 am

Yes that is too bad Bill, but my opinion of OC has changed some after seeing some of the tweets he’s retweeted, which were not in good taste, and that would be the opinion of many because of the use of the N word and others. I thought he was better than that and still do. Hope he looks at himself long and hard and realizes he needs to portray his true values, which I hope are higher than the preceding. Good luck Orson and thanks for the memories

Top Row Dawg

March 9th, 2012
10:27 am

Athens PD enemy #1 to UGA students.

jablonski

March 9th, 2012
10:27 am

I thought OC was a smart, driven guy. These type of stupid arrests just make me wonder what the hell they were thinking. Too bad, OC..this one is going to cost you.

Mearth

March 9th, 2012
10:32 am

You are asking me to believe that about 20 years ago someone’s parents actually named the kid ‘Orson’???? You sports guys gotta be making these names up…….

RedDog

March 9th, 2012
10:32 am

Orson was down after that bad pro day and was drinking away his troubles.

East Repeat

March 9th, 2012
10:33 am

No doubt Athens PD is tough. College towns represent easy ‘pickens for law enforcement. I think the TE from Clemson is the #1 TE in this years draft.

SSIgator

March 9th, 2012
10:33 am

“UGA: The Junkyard Blawg Orson Charles demonstrates how not to improve your NFL draft stock”

So, this is news?

East Repeat

March 9th, 2012
10:34 am

Put Athens PD on Rat Patrol @ creswell!

Preston

March 9th, 2012
10:37 am

As Fred Sanford would say…”Ya big dummie!”

Preston

March 9th, 2012
10:39 am

Someone needs to help Orsen remove his cranium from his rectum before he blows everything he’s worked for!

KJ

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

“So, this is news?”

You’re right; it would be much bigger news if one of your Gainesville thugs actually got punished for a crime, unless you consider sitting out a quarter “punishment”.

KeepDreaming

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Orson should have stayed in school…

Bust

March 9th, 2012
10:47 am

What do you expect from a uga player? They are just doing what they do in athens. Your fulmer cup win wasn’t a fluke

Alex

March 9th, 2012
10:50 am

must be nice to get arrested for dui and get released an hour later. i got one 9 years ago and had to spend 16 hours in jail because those gov’t employees are in no rush to do their job. had someone there to bail me out 90 minutes after the arrest.

ct3211

March 9th, 2012
10:52 am

I thought this kid had it together, but he turns out to be a real dumb ass. Did not run at the combine for some unknown reason and now he get a DUI at 3am. If he is lucky, might go in the 4th round.
He just cost himself thousands of dollars.

TTOUGH44

March 9th, 2012
10:59 am

can he come back and re-nig on his turning pro…sounds like he needs to wait another year to get his hiearchy in order! Too bad, for OC, ya know, sometimes turning pro aint the way to go for a junior though!

Top Row Dawg

March 9th, 2012
11:00 am

georgia has only won the Fulmer Cup once……..

2006: Marshall University
2007: University of Illinois
2008: University of Alabama
2009: University of South Florida
2010: University of Georgia
2011: Auburn University

TCU has it wrapped up this year.

By my count only Commings should count against us. Marshall, Seay, Sanders not actually arrested. Charles no longer on team.

TTOUGH44

March 9th, 2012
11:01 am

OC YOU are the DRIVER of YOUR BUS!

DawginJail

March 9th, 2012
11:03 am

He just cost himself millions of dollars. He’s big, strong and dumb. Didn’t he learn anything in college? What a joke.

Desert Fox

March 9th, 2012
11:03 am

Yes, OC screwed up, however, he will get drafted and sign for relatively big bucks and if he can keep a level head have a good career in the NFL. He was and is still a good dawg.

Pdx

March 9th, 2012
11:04 am

Way to crap the bed orson.

murfdawg

March 9th, 2012
11:04 am

Once again, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT!!!!

Chris

March 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Damn Damn Damn!!!!!

sheepdawg

March 9th, 2012
11:07 am

another thug representing…. go get us some more of these stellar citizens CMR, they sure so make us proud

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:09 am

What an idiot. You are about to make millions of dollars, pay some summer school student a few hundred bucks to be your on-call driver for the night. I am always baffled how rich people get arrested for DUI.

Just like Hines Ward: Hire a damn limo for the night, you can afford it.

Buckeye

March 9th, 2012
11:17 am

Ol’ Orson, one fine dog.

michael g.

March 9th, 2012
11:18 am

I’m actually glad he turned pro. Watching last year, he usually had 1 holding penalty per game, and a couple of missed blocks. And with the DUI, if he was on the team this year, he would be suspended for the 1st two games of the season.

Buckeye

March 9th, 2012
11:19 am

DUI’s are so common with high profile (dumb) athletes. We read about the near every week or so. They apologize and we all move on. The timing of Ol’ Orson’s transgression to the fact he is one dumb dog.

Buckeye

March 9th, 2012
11:20 am

And I love how all you dogs are quick to turn on your dogs.

argh

March 9th, 2012
11:26 am

I remember one time when I was a dumb 20 year old. I drove home when I had NO BUSINESS behind a wheel. It wasn’t far, I thought I could make it. I got a few blocks down the road and thought to myself “what the hell am I doing, I can’t even stay between the lines” I almost stopped my car and walked home and I was only a block away from the house so I finished the drunken drive. I kinda wonder if that thought was going through Orson’s head just a bit too late.

DawginLex

March 9th, 2012
11:27 am

buckeye

He got caught DUI and could have gotten killed or killed someone else or both. It is not turning on anyone to point out the truth.

He messed up.

There are jails and there are jails

March 9th, 2012
11:30 am

Question: When high school athletes visit UGA, do they show them the local jail and introduce them to bail bondsmen? If McGarity would give some money to the jail to build a new plush Richt Wing, it could give UGA a definite recruiting advantage if recruits know how well they’ll be taken care of when they’re arrested for DUI, illegal drugs, beating up women, etc.

First he runs a 4.7 40 time....

March 9th, 2012
11:31 am

…for the scouts after shunning the fast track in Indy, then he does this – talk about ruining your chance at even being a first round pick, much less the first TE selected – as Buckeye correctly stated, the guy must be one dumb dawg…

RJ

March 9th, 2012
11:34 am

One of the reasons I only occasionally look at the blogs is because too many bloggers are filled with hate and can’t wait to spew that hate with ignorance as their guide. I didn’t realize there are so many judges who have never made any mistakes. OC will have to live with the consequences of that mistake which I predict he will, too bad some of our quick to judge can’t say the same. It is a sad world when people get their kicks by trashing any and everybody who doesn’t go to their school of preference. I like lively discussions as much as anyone when it is objective but it seems those days are gone.

Living La Vida Loca con O. Charles

March 9th, 2012
11:38 am

I assume that this automatically makes Charles the winner of the UGA Thug of the Week award, with oak leaf cluster for being drunk. Of course, the way Charles played, it looked like he was drunk most of the time anyway.

outkasted

March 9th, 2012
11:38 am

michael g. ur right he was good for a holding and false start penalty and his blocking was subpar… thought Lynch should’ve gotten more time in the run game… i still believe Murray focused on Charles too much against Boise St… but that’s old news looking forward to the up coming season!!!

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:39 am

sheepdawg: you clearly do not know what the word thug means.

student

March 9th, 2012
11:40 am

We don’t know what his BAC was, he might have just been barely over the limit and not known it. Regardless, I agree that he should have gotten a taxi or something. His agent should be reminding him of that kind of thing, especially with Justin Houston’s issues last year.

Orson is a really nice guy though, best of luck to him!

student

March 9th, 2012
11:41 am

not like he beat someone or stole anything

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:42 am

Thug definition:

1. A cutthroat or ruffian
2. also Thug One of a band of professional assassins formerly active in northern India who worshiped Kali and offered their victims to her.

Which one fits this situation?

DawginLex

March 9th, 2012
11:46 am

there are jails

Since you posted the most stupid blog post of the day, maybe you belong in prison?

85 players on the team

2 players messed up, one of which is not even on the team anymore yet they “all should be shown the jail”???

just shutup moron and go crawl back inside your double wide you toothless, single digit IQ, GED candidate redneck.

McDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:52 am

.095 thats tough

don’t drink & drive-we took cabs or walked all the time in Athens

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Although Orson’s draft stock took a nose dive this week, I’m sure he’ll still be a quality TE at the next level. Good luck, Orson!

blazer

March 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Drinking his blues away!

GoooDawgs

March 9th, 2012
12:02 pm

Student – His BAC was .09. So yes, just over the limit, but he apparently tried to flee when the cop approached him so he’s lucky he wasn’t charged with more than just DUI. The only good that can come out of this is that maybe his stock will drop so far that he’ll fall to the Falcons now.

maharajiean shorts

March 9th, 2012
12:05 pm

Meh, half the NFL has a DUI…Much different than Houston cause pot is illegal. NO worries about this issue dude.

Your 40 time is what will kill your draft status.

McDawg

March 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

lets talk about the criminal enterprise that is the Auburn Athletic Dept. instead

CH3

March 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

didn`t check around for hashbrowns did they?

Chris

March 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’m just glad he’s no longer a DAWG. That would’ve been just what we need to add to our Fulmer Cup legacy.

No sympathy for him whatsoever. Stupid is as stupid does.

59bulldawg

March 9th, 2012
12:20 pm

Thought he had more brains than that!

bucket

March 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

I wish I could cheer for a university where the athletes never get into trouble. Oh wait, there isn’t one.

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

Bill, how do you see the tight end situation shaping up for 2012? I figure Artie Lynch will get the starting nod due to his blocking ability and experience, but how much of Jay Rome do you think we will see this season?

UGA - where talent goes to die

March 9th, 2012
12:50 pm

who else can take 15 4-star recruits, top 10 ranked recruiting classes and fail to beat any top 25 teams and spit out underachievers?

Highsaiah where are you?

bucket

March 9th, 2012
12:53 pm

Gotta love the ajc blogs! Where else can you go and see one person change their posting handle 5011 times and try to cover up their own underachievement by making fun of UGA?

Bama=home of the T-bag special

March 9th, 2012
12:56 pm

Not trying to spin this as anyway OK but with the number of kids that declare for the NFL And then get into trouble from the end of the football season until the draft , just shows you how much pressure these kids are under waiting for the draft. It just happens too much to be coincidence…problem is that when you put dumb people under pressure..they just get dumber.

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b-ham dawg

March 9th, 2012
1:11 pm

Can someone please explain how making a mistake and getting a DUI makes you a thug?

b-ham dawg

March 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

@UGA- where the talent goes to die… How do you explain our nfl output? Pretty sure we are one of the top teams with players in the NFL right now. We had the 2nd most players in the sec invited to the combine behind Alabama. Explain yourself da can’t wait for this one.

Jim

March 9th, 2012
1:17 pm

What’s done is done. We, or Olson, can change it so get over it and move on. If it cost’s him it’s just a hard lesson learned. Truth be known we all have a few in our background. Best of luck to you Mr. Charles I look for you to make folks proud you were a Georgia Bulldog at the next level.

AltamahaDawg

March 9th, 2012
1:25 pm

Now you gone and done it b-ham dawg. Be prepared for all the insufferable lectures about how messing up is not making a “mistake” now.

evil empire

March 9th, 2012
1:30 pm

@Top Row Dawg…Fulmer Cup is an SEC=only award…and uga is a perrenial powerhouse in FC competition…won it more than once, and always a wise pre-season choice…just like the 30+ preseason national championships uga has given itself…own your record clowns…

Norris

March 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

.095. Remember it used to be .10. Give it a rest people. Yes it wasn’t smart but talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill!

tell me again

March 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

Key phrase – EX UGA TE…………….he’s off the team, on his own and what he does is his business – this is no reflection on the team or the university any longer. CMR WAS his coach and is not his daddy – why even print this story? If you want to make a point make this one: ANYBODY that drinks and drives is an idiot. That pretty much tells it all.

harold

March 9th, 2012
1:41 pm

THIS IS JUST STUPID. DO NOT EVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

Gwinnett Fred

March 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

1- Anybody that even tries to shed any bad light on the Athens PS should be ashamed. You really want to live in a community where drunk drivers are given a free pass? Do you think the officer knew who was in the car – of that he should even care!
2- Wouldn’t you think that a UGA AD that just ruined his life not too long ago with a DUI would have had some sort of lasting lesson?
3- All this said, the kid made a mistake, and while most folks would suffer a hit in the wallet in the thousands, this one will cost him hundreds of thousands if not millions. No need to jump on him, he will pay the piper and hopefully this will be his last brush with the law and some folks might learn a lesson from it and not be behind the wheel at 3am (or anytime for that matter) while intoxicated.

FRED Russo

March 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

So sad what can you say except DUMB

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

@evil empire, a friendly fact check for you on past Fulmer Cup winners:

2006: Marshall University
2007: University of Illinois
2008: University of Alabama
2009: University of South Florida
2010: University of Georgia
2011: Auburn University

Georgia has not won it more than once and it is not an SEC-only award, unless conference expansion plans call for the annexation of Marshall, Illinois and USF.

women beaters from athens

March 9th, 2012
2:07 pm

Another day, another arrest. Things are back to normal.

Athens at Night

March 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

No one really cares if OC is a stupid drunk who’s risking his life on these drunken binges. What should concern people are all the innocent folks whose lives are at risk when Richt’s thugs go barreling around Athens boozing it up and getting stoned on drugs.

Thank you, Saint Mark, for recruiting these lowlifes.

Gwinnett Fred

March 9th, 2012
2:15 pm

Athens at Night:

Didn’t you read the story? He wasn’t barreling around town, he wasn’t moving at all – kind of like his Pro Day performance!

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
2:18 pm

That was pretty good, Gwinnett Fred!

GTBob

March 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

I don’t see this as a big deal. You would think by now that scouts just assume that if the player is from UGA then they probably have a drinking problem.

Paddy

March 9th, 2012
2:35 pm

His 40 times have hurt him more than his DUI arrest..

Chillax

March 9th, 2012
2:59 pm

Orson was projected at highest very late in the first round and most likely in the second. With a DUI he still goes by the third round. If he goes later then he will lose some money but he will do well and get another contract. It was stupid timing, but I would say almost half of the people I knew in college had either been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, public urination, or public drunkeness. And stop with the “what if” game he did not cause an accident or kill someone so stop saying he is such as a bad person because it did not occur. He made a mistake and I am sure he is still a decent human being.

Alphare

March 9th, 2012
3:07 pm

Nathan Deal was considered the most corrupt congressman, but he would become governor of Georgia at the height of his fame.

Newt Gingrich conspired with 2 women to dump the previous women, now he is the US presidential candidate for Republican.

This is Georgia! Only sky is the limit when you got such fame.

Orson, I’d run for office if I were you. (hint: just don’t try it in other state where people can be smart)

Alphare

March 9th, 2012
3:12 pm

Chillax,

“almost half of the people I knew in college had either been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, public urination, or public drunkeness”.

Where did you hunt out to find them? You lucky dude. Somehow I never met one.

GTBob

March 9th, 2012
3:15 pm

but I would say almost half of the people I knew in college had either been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, public urination, or public drunkeness

You must have played football at UGA.

Gwinnett Fred

March 9th, 2012
3:16 pm

Chillax:

Almost half of everybody you knew in college got arrested? Seriously dude, you either need to stop exaggerating or find a better class of people to hang around with.

Ace

March 9th, 2012
3:19 pm

Bill,

Orson was a “clutch player”?

He didn’t score a td in many big games. Tired out in the 4th quarter.

Hope he enjoyed the beers, will cost him about a $250,000 per beer.

Seems slow, drops a lot of passes, doesn’t play well in 4th quarters, and doesn’t play big in big games.

Alphare

March 9th, 2012
3:24 pm

4th quarter? UGA only plays the 1st half. They won SEC Champ if you didn’t notice.

HOUDAWG

March 9th, 2012
3:36 pm

Hey SSIgator ……. here’s a name for ya ….. Janarous Jenkins ( could give a flip if it’s spelled right ).

OC made a mistake …… JJ is a THUG ! Stick it …….

Burma Shave

March 9th, 2012
3:40 pm

Charles is just one
Of the many drunks
Recruited by Richt
In his collection of punks

BURMA SHAVE

Fed Up!!

March 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

He had 1 to many to drink. Thankfully, no one was hurt. He will learn from his mistake, and move on. It’s not like he attempted to defraud a bank out of 2 million dollars (Brooking), or killed someone in cold blood (Javoris).

UGA student

March 9th, 2012
3:52 pm

I am not condoning drinking and driving but most of you are some of the most judgmental people I have ever heard. He made a mistake plan and simple. So get over it. To all of you people saying that all UGA students have drinking problems are probably upset because you could get in to the school. “Avoid the rush hate Tech early”

Bama=home of the T-bag special

March 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

DUI’s never happen at Bug U….you have to be waaayy waaay waaay too drunk to even think of going out after dark. And if you were so drunk that you would attempt to go out you’d be so drunk you’d never find your car .

Bama=home of the T-bag special

March 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

@UGA student well said ! The Bugs drink but never go out..well at least the ones that survive the hell on Earth that is living on North Ave.

puppydawg

March 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

@ HOUDAWG & SSlgator – And let’s not forget that fine example of humanity Brandon Spikes who tried to blind Washaun Ealey. If that ain’t thuggery, then grits ain’t groceries.

Ed

March 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

The problem with a dropping draft position is that often the initial payday is a player’s best chance to get rich. A lot of these guys, even those who last awhile in the NFL, never become much more than journeyman players who never sign the huge contracts. It’s too bad that Charles appears to have flaked out a bit, the timing couldn’t be worse.

7576DAWG

March 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

I could drink as early as 18 because I was in the Vietnam era and did my fair share until I got married and decided it was too expensive of a habit to not drink tea instead so I quit drinking. I raised my kids not to drink before they were legal age which worked for the most part and one of the first things they wanted to do when they turned 21 was to order a beer or drink. I raised them with the mind set that nothing was wrong with drinking as long as you did it in moderation and it wasn’t a burden financially.
So let’s help those idiots that want to drink out there as much as we can . A full size man lets say 5′10″ 175 can drink between 2 and 3 beers right after each other and still be barely under .08. If you are smaller , lets say a women or small man it will be less that will get you to .08. If you are lets say are 6′4″ and weight 270 you may be able to drink 3 beers or a little more . Before you drive you must wait at least an hour for every drink you had without continuing to drink. You can’t just slow down. If you are drinking liquor two drink would probably get you over .08. Of course these are only estimates because everybody’s system is different processing alcohol but the main thing that needs to get understood is , it doesn’t take much to get someone over the limit. I know I have seen some at our football games that will drink 12 or more beers right after each other . If he took a breathalyzer test he would be way over and would probably have to stop drinking and wait at least 10 or 12 hours to drive home before he would be under the limit.
Years ago you could get a DUI and it wasn’t too bad but get one now and you will go to DUI school that you will pay for and the total cost will be around $1000 if not more because your insurance will more than double.
I don’t have any problem with people driving after they have consumed alcohol but they need to educate themselves as to what they need to do not to be a danger to other motorist. The best policy is to have a designated driver and if you are by yourself call a friend to come pick you up.

Mountain Dawg

March 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

He’s made (crapped) his bed. Now let him sleep in it. WGAS?

Ed

March 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

“So, this is news?”

Well SSI, it happened earlier today (sometime after midnight), so I’d say…yes, it qualifies as news. At least until the end of today.

shane#1

March 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

I blame Bobo.

Woofy One

March 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

Orson grab hold of reality and do not throw away any more of what you have worked for.

Joey

March 9th, 2012
5:25 pm

Yep. Just like Justin Houston last season, somebody will get a steal in the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

Joey

March 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

Ace (3:19), being that our QB played miserably in the second half of about every big game that Charles played in at UGA, it could be that he is not entirely to blame. The QB is the one that has to get the TE the ball.

I mean, it’s not like he gets a handoff . . .

phil

March 9th, 2012
5:46 pm

KeepDreaming

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Orson should have stayed in school…
******
School? lol!! Just another know it all dawg thinking he’s ready to make a jump he’s clearly not ready to make.

The train wreck is just getting underway…

Fire CMR!!

Msd

March 9th, 2012
5:50 pm

Typical dawg athlete, not smart enough to stay out of trouble, even with a big contract out there on the horizon. Pitiful. Drop to round five for being stupid.

Silo Barnweel

March 9th, 2012
5:59 pm

We run this state! From the Clarke County Jail.

chipper

March 9th, 2012
6:48 pm

Too bad Buckeye left. I’d like for him to heed my advice. He should have enough embarrassment to last a lifetime with the mess OSU created. Good grief. You have a lot of nerve, guy. Clean up your own trash before you start throwing it out on Athens’ highways.

chipper

March 9th, 2012
6:54 pm

Silo: Big, tall, empty cylinder.

MY Dawg

March 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

Orson has been a dgd, but the vision of big $ has tainted his swagger. If he had returned for another season he would have been a 1st round lock. It appears that he in destined for the 2nd or later now. Good luck OC you were a DGD …

Jeffersondawg

March 9th, 2012
8:23 pm

I know this looks bad for Orson but let’s all pull for him. After rooting for him the last few years I was fortunate enough to meet him when he cam to our town this fall, not once but twice, to help raise money for a kid in our town needing a bone marrow transplant. He and his three teammates stayed way longer than they needed to and were great with all the fans and kids who came out. I found him a very down to earth guy and was glad to hang out with everyone.
When I was at UGA 20 years ago I was dumb enough to drink and drive but was lucky enough not to get caught. Young people make mistakes. Anyway .095 is a long way from trashed. Hell, that was legal when I was in school.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 9th, 2012
8:46 pm

Did he have Hash Browns in his drawers?

flafalcon

March 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

Im 53 yrs old never had a DUI, have a security cleareance and would loose my job if I got one. Also would loose my job if I failed one of my random drup test no questions asked. I only make $53,000 a year.He will still make millions in the NFL and #1 only had to sit out one game after failing drug test. These guys are pampered.

Dog in Nam

March 9th, 2012
10:41 pm

give the kid a break…he’s a great human being…had a tough past couple of weeks…..should have taken a cab….but he is still a first class guy and a DGD……flafalcon……53k is good pay for a security guard…..why do you feel such personal anger toward a kid you don’t even know…..no one is pampering him….he will be fine…he’s just naturally disappointed now…he made a mistake, thank goodness no one was hurt by it…..he’ll continue to do fine as a human being, and will make a good NFL player….keep your head up Orson…thanks for the great contribution and for playing so hard…you’re a DGD for sure

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 9th, 2012
11:49 pm

He blew just a little higher than his time in the 40 yard dash.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 9th, 2012
11:50 pm

DGD? Damn Good Drunk?

Joe Friday...Just the Facts

March 10th, 2012
12:19 am

$3,000.000.00 Fine.

RED DOG 77

March 10th, 2012
1:36 am

Too bad for Orson, hope it doesn’t hurt his draft status much………….I really don’t think it will. I am 100% against getting behind the wheel after drinking, of course that came after my DUI when I was about Orson’s age…………Now I’m around three times older than Orson, and pray he has learned a valuable lesson “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE”…………….Mr. Orson Charles is too fine a young man for NFL teams to see this as much more than a stupid choice he’s not likely to make again……………RED

Yellow Cab

March 10th, 2012
2:12 am

Limo? $5 anywhere in the city. Unreal.

w

March 10th, 2012
2:13 am

Remember people, one drink equals don’t drive. Have a plan, and if you deviate from that plan grab a cab. If you can’t afford a cab than you shouldn’t be going out.

Here we go again

March 10th, 2012
3:04 am

And the beat goes on for the thugs og Clarke County!

Joey

March 10th, 2012
6:14 am

DUI is DUI, but keep in mind that he was just over the legal limit, so he probably felt he was okay to drive. 0.10 used to be the limit until dropped to 0.08, dumb move.

Joey

March 10th, 2012
6:16 am

By orson that is.

GFJacket

March 10th, 2012
7:33 am

This is a shame. The NFL draft is the equivalent of his job interview – - forming the basis of his life’s earning potential. College is supposed to help you make better decisions. Maybe he can learn from this and accept when he is selected theat he could have gone higher with more money potential if HE had shown a little more discipline and self control. This is HIS fault. Not UGA. Not anyone else.

Vince

March 10th, 2012
8:33 am

It’s a DUI people!! A DUI!! Anyone can get a DUI. How in the hell is this going to affect Orson’s ability to catch a football and block a defender in the NFL? Let’s get real.

Jim Grabasski

March 10th, 2012
8:35 am

Who cares? He’s an EX player now, a grown man, and if he throws his chances down the toilet, that’s on him. As far as the Fulmer Cup comments from the Techies go, well, just keep on celebrating that EX champion status from 2009.

Dawg Tired

March 10th, 2012
8:42 am

This is not surprising to me. He showed somewhat of an attitude with some of his on-field antics (like getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for showboating after making a catch). Why can’t these kids just play the game?

Dawg Tired

March 10th, 2012
8:44 am

Vince – A DUI can get you fired from a lot of positions (jobs). In this day and age driving under the influence is a very big deal.

FLA DAWG

March 10th, 2012
9:07 am

Welcome back to UGA Mr. Charles!

Pago Pago DAWG

March 10th, 2012
9:54 am

Saban opens Spring practice….”Let’s forget about NC a few months ago, this is a new team/year..let’s get another NC”.
CMR opens Spring practice…”Let’s try and win another SEC East and maybe win a bowl game”. Sad…..

jarvis

March 10th, 2012
10:03 am

He’s apparently certifiably dumb.
One bad decision after another at a time in his life when every decision has a direct impact on future earnings.

Big Crimson 75

March 10th, 2012
10:18 am

It’s the guys fault. Be a man. Take responsibility for your actions.
Dre Kirkpatrick — pot bust in Fla — his fault.

Coaches should not be held responsible for the actions of their Players — especially the dumb ones — especially the ones who are really no longer on the Team — Orson & Dre.

Jacket99

March 10th, 2012
10:40 am

Vince

March 10th, 2012
8:33 am
It’s a DUI people!! A DUI!! Anyone can get a DUI. How in the hell is this going to affect Orson’s ability to catch a football and block a defender in the NFL? Let’s get real.
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Vince is right. Some team will want OC for his ability as a TE. What a team would be concerned about is if this is some sort of recurring problem that will cause embarrassment for the franchise. OC has probably learned his lesson so this may not affect his draft status if a team really needs a good TE.

ozzfest

March 10th, 2012
12:03 pm

FRED Sanford never used the word “Ya”…..he pronounced it ” YOU BIG DUMMIE”.

Now go get me some ripple and onion stew, you fish-eyed fool!

Vince Dooley

March 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

Were there any red panties in the car? I lost mine.

We only have to answer to God. So stop judging. Orson just n

March 10th, 2012
1:18 pm

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Jeffro Bodeen

March 12th, 2012
9:45 am

He was DUI only after improving his 40 time….he unofficially drank one in 4.33 seconds….without being funnel aided!! I hope he wasn’t on his way to bail Branden Smith out of jail in Abbeyville Alabama!!