Chatting with Corvey Irvin: ‘It is kind of hard to believe’

 

   Corvey Irvin was drafted 92 spots behind Matthew Stafford.

   And I’m not sure Stafford, even with $41.7 million guaranteed, could be any happier or prouder than Irvin.

   While Stafford had been hailed as a future No. 1 NFL draft pick ever since high school — and you’ve got to hand it to Mel Kiper Jr. for making that prediction when Stafford was still at Highland Park High in Dallas — Irvin came from obscurity to be a third-round pick.

    He wasn’t recruited by any major colleges out of high school. (”I was an OK high school player,” he maintains.) He transferred to Georgia after two years at Georgia Military College but didn’t start any games his first year in Athens. And he probably wouldn’t have started any in his second and final season, either, if not for his friend and fellow defensive tackle Jeff Owens blowing out a knee in the season opener.

   That thrust Irvin into the Bulldogs’ starting lineup, and next thing you know, he’s at the Carolina Panthers’ rookie camp, a third-round draft choice.

    “It opened an opportunity for me; it paved my way through,” Irvin told me on the phone, referring to Owens’ injury. “I hated he got hurt, but everything happens for a reason.”

   Irvin said one of the first people he talked to after being drafted was . . . Owens.

   “He told me he was proud of me and told me hard work paid off for me and that I deserved it,” Irvin said. “He said, ‘Cherish every moment, and take nothing for granted. And be patient and humble.’”

    The knee injury cost Owens what would have been his senior season and delayed his shot at the NFL. So he took a redshirt season  and will return this fall to play as a fifth-year senior.

   “He’s recovering well,” Irvin said of Owens. “He’ll probably be better than ever. And he’ll come out and have a wonderful season, and then he’ll get drafted, too.”

   Meanwhile, Irvin starts an NFL career that came out of nowhere.

   “It happened real fast; the NFL wasn’t really on my mind [last season],” he said. “It is kind of hard to believe.”

   He passes the credit around, giving a big chunk of it to Georgia Military.

   “Georgia Military taught me to be accountable, to have good character, to be loyal, to have time-management skills. Taught me how to be a man. Made me grow up and mature real quick.

   “And when I went to Georgia, I took what I learned at GMC and applied it there.”

   Now, Irvin looks forward to crossing paths with Stafford in the NFL.

   “I hope he goes to Detroit and turns [the Lions] around and goes 16-0. Or 15-1, losing when they play us.”

 

    Around Bulldog Nation: Things will be hopping this weekend at Foley Field, where the Dogs play the Gators in three sold-out baseball games. . . . Georgia enters the series tied with LSU for first place in the SEC, one game ahead of Florida. The Dogs are ranked as high as No. 6 nationally, the Gators as high as No. 17. The Dogs have lost four of their past five games — three in a row — after Wednesday’s defeat to Jacksonville State.  The Gators have won their last three series in Athens, dating to 2003. . . . Stafford keeps getting asked at press conferences and on media conference calls: You prefer to be called Matthew or Matt? “Matthew, please,” he replies.

 

38 comments Add your comment

MiltonDawg

May 1st, 2009
7:10 am

Congrats Corey, you deserve it. Way to step up when Owens went down. Hopefully Owens will be healthy this year and along w/ Geno..should have a great D-Line. Good luck in Carolina, except when you play the Falcons.

Huh?

May 1st, 2009
9:17 am

Corey was one of the few brightspots on defense last year. We could use alot more like him this year. You have to earn those spots in the NFL fellas. I think we’ve got a bunch of prima donna’s that think its a birthright. Just keeping it real.

NewnanDawg

May 1st, 2009
9:38 am

It’s Corvey, not Corey everybody, and I am really happy for him. I’ve gotten to know him and his family a little bit through a mutual friend and they are great people. Corvey has worked really hard for this and deserves it.

Good luck to Corvey and then Jeff and Geno can join him next year!

Go Dawgs!

Blindog

May 1st, 2009
9:59 am

I still say the Dawgs will win a bunch of games this year, at least ten, regardless of who plays Q.B. There is a lot of talent on both sides of the ball! Joe Cox knows the playbook as well as Bobo and won’t make mistakes that can lose games.

Mac

May 1st, 2009
10:47 am

Excellent piece, Tim.

Pago Flyer

May 1st, 2009
10:50 am

Maybe we should send all of our freshmen to GMC for a year or two!

Tom

May 1st, 2009
11:14 am

I think “Huh?” copied off of Corvey’s Wonderlic test. (Hey….he beat Knowshon’s 12……..by 1)

ChewDawg

May 1st, 2009
12:17 pm

A perfect example of what hard work, a great attitude, and discipline will do for you. Corvey, you deserve everything you get. If you work as hard at the NFL as you did at UGA, you’ll do fine. Go Dawgs!

Rabun Dawg

May 1st, 2009
12:39 pm

Best of luck to Corvey, goes to show what hard work can do for one! The window of opportunity opened up for him, and he took advantage! Good job, young man!! And anyone know what has happened to the Diamond Dawgs? They have lost 5 of last 6, and not good losing to a Jax State twice, particularly the last one, giving up 9 runs in the top of the 9th! Not a good time of the year to be in the “tank”.

Stinger

May 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

Anyone want to come over for a tickle pile?

Old School Dawg

May 1st, 2009
2:59 pm

How about a shout out to Coach Garner. Garner had as much to do with it as anything IMO. He could have just forgotten but not saying anything about your position coach makes wonder if there was something there between the 2.

bank walker

May 1st, 2009
3:17 pm

Congrats Corvey!

reservoirDAWG

May 1st, 2009
3:21 pm

Congrats Corvey. You’re hard work paid off.

Slow Freddie

May 1st, 2009
3:28 pm

What the heck is a “tickle pile”? I admit to being old but that term escapes me. I’ve seen posters refer to it a number of times in the AJC and I kept thinking a definition would appear. The term sounds like a meeting of “girly men”.

reservoirDAWG

May 1st, 2009
3:40 pm

Wow, I just noticed that Terry Moore is gone from the paper. Thank God that hack has finally been relieved of his duties.

WTF???

May 1st, 2009
3:50 pm

Tickle piles are what Tech Nerds do on Saturday nights after long hours of surfing craigslist looking for poonany.

They all pile up together & tickle each other without using thier hands……

Bo Williams

May 1st, 2009
5:25 pm

Who u want to be your QB, Joe Cox (from NC), or TJ Yates, (from Ga):

45-42

May 1st, 2009
7:32 pm

Did Matthew Please Stafford and call me Corey because I can spell my real name, Corvey Irvin play in the Tech Game last year? I thought so.

BUZZ

May 1st, 2009
7:32 pm

Johnny DangerDawg

May 1st, 2009
8:36 pm

Best of luck, Corvey! You were only in Athens for a couple years, but I believe you are a True Dawg. Please come back to visit Sanford Stadium when Carolina has a bye-week.

charlotte

May 2nd, 2009
12:27 am

heh. i remember when i was a freshman he randomly hit on me and my roommate at EVC; it was hilarious. later that year we looked in the red and black and said, ‘wow, he *is* on the football team! go corvey!’ the guy was gigantic and a d. good dawg this year when we needed him. glad that everything worked out for him!

41.7 Million

May 2nd, 2009
12:16 pm

I can’t believe Ford has the audacity to pay Matthew Stafford with Federal Bail Out Money. What a jerk.

Robert

May 3rd, 2009
10:02 am

45-42 – Give it a rest! Ok, Tech beat UGA this year. We all know it. Can’t we just be happy for this young man and wish him well in the NFL?

SugarHillDawg

May 3rd, 2009
10:43 am

NEVER,and I mean NEVER, in the history of college football has more been made of a 3 point victory after 7 years of DOMINATION by the losing team been made so much of.This shows in more than ANY words could the dirth of class and that you don’t expect to beat UGA.You LOSERS have a long way to go before you can leave the realm of mediocrity. Try winning a conference championship OK??

Georgia Tech 45 Georgia 42

May 3rd, 2009
11:55 am

SugarHillDawg,

Try winning a game against Alabama, Florida or Georgia Tech OK??

Your days of intimidation are over bro. YOUR defense is now the “realm of mediocrity”. And I don’t think anyone over there at your gymnastics school is smart enough to figure out how to stop the triple option and the things they have added to it this spring, any time soon.

Yep. You might want to stay up in your deer stand more THIS fall TOO!!!

LOSER

AltamahaDawg

May 3rd, 2009
12:20 pm

Ford has not received any federal bailout money. Did you seriously not know that?

Georgia Tech 45 Georgia 42

May 3rd, 2009
12:22 pm

AltamahaDawg,

Not sure the facts matter to a lot of Georgia fans.

David

May 3rd, 2009
1:27 pm

Why are the tech nerds over here? Isn’t there a Star Trek party or a Dungeons & Dragons convention somewhere?

AltamahaDawg

May 3rd, 2009
1:35 pm

RRRight, you being able to differentiate facts from your own biased opinion so well.

And I’m pretty sure that the fellow that was complaining about Stafford getting paid by fed moneys was not a Georgia fan, more likely one of the many tech boys that hang out in a Georgia Blog for whatever reason.

Georgia Tech 45 Georgia 42

May 3rd, 2009
1:41 pm

David,

Yeah, ironically we held the Star Trek party at Sanford Stadium last November right after we ran over and through your defense for 409 yards! The Dungeons and Dragons party will be held THIS November in the flats. Let me know if you can make it because me, and a friend of mine, would enjoy the opportunity to open a can on your and sugarhilldawg’s mutt face.

Georgia Tech 45 Georgia 42

May 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

AltamahaDawg-DavidDawg&SugarHillDawg:

Just because we are smarter than you doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy opening a can of whoopa$$ on a few Georgia boys like our football team did last November.

David

May 3rd, 2009
1:53 pm

Whatever nerd. Bring all your friends to Knuckle-Up in Kennesaw any Tue or Thur @ 7. And don’t be afraid to use your real name. Don’t forget your can opener.

Bo Williams

May 3rd, 2009
2:56 pm

Who do you like as QB, Joe Cox (NC product), or TJ Yates (Ga. product)?

KNelson

May 3rd, 2009
8:23 pm

Blindog is a blind dog. Georgia wins 10 games this year if 5 others forfit.

AltamahaDawg

May 3rd, 2009
9:15 pm

KNelson, who is going to beat UGA and why.

gogators

May 3rd, 2009
10:32 pm

Come on, Tim. Where are the articles on how those dominating “Diamond Pups” did this weekend?

And KNelson is pretty accurate.

I know one team that will beat UGA, Altamaha. And they prettty much own UGA. I think you know who I’m referring to.

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2009
7:16 am

Yea, the weekend series didn’t go well, for us at least. And if the football gators hold to thier expectations, that certainly is going to be a tough one to win for the Dawgs. But maybe you can explain how you figure it to be so “accurate” there only being 5 teams on the UGA schedule that they are capable of winning. Good of you to speak for KNelson though, he damn sure can’t respond to a direct question.

Georgia Tech 45 Georgia 42

May 4th, 2009
8:43 pm

Sounds like sombody’s free falling like their football team did last year.

“Georgia Tech (31-11-1) has moved ahead of Georgia in the baseball polls. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 8 by ESPN/USA Today and No. 9 by Baseball America”.