Curran’s last game between the hedges?

Athens –- Saturday’s game against Kentucky will be the last in Sanford Stadium for 23 seniors on Georgia’s football team. Might it also be the last game between the hedges for junior linebacker Rennie Curran?

“It’s bound to run through my head once or twice,” Curran said Tuesday.

Curran is eligible to enter the 2010 NFL draft, and while he said he hasn’t made a decision on whether to leave school early, he left no doubt that he plans to seriously consider the possibility.

“It’s definitely a tough call,” Curran said. ““I have to sit down with my family. It’s something I have to pray about. . . . I’m just going to try to make the most informed decision and the smart decision.

“Honestly, I’m not leaning any way at all, because I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

A “huge” consideration, he said, is his 14-month-old daughter, Eleana, who lives in Gwinnett County.

“I’m not the normal college student,” Curran said. “Having her and seeing her and not being able to take her out and provide for her, it really weighs down on me, being a father and not being able to spend that time with her because I’m in college. I definitely want to be able to provide for her. She’s my heart. That’s definitely something that I think about in terms of that decision.”

Then, with a bright and proud smile, Curran pulled out his mobile phone and showed off a video taken Monday of him and his daughter.

In the end, Curran’s decision might come down to whether he senses that his draft status –- and earnings potential -– could benefit significantly from a senior season in college.

“That’s another thing that makes the decision even harder, when you think about . . what your weaknesses are and whether those weaknesses can be improved by another year,” Curran said. “Things like my height, I know, are not going to change.”

His height, which Georgia  lists at 5-11, is the most common argument against his NFL potential.

173 comments Add your comment

Me

November 17th, 2009
1:52 pm

Look at me…FIRST

Me

November 17th, 2009
1:53 pm

Good luck Rennie. Either way, you’re a great Bulldog!

red hill

November 17th, 2009
1:59 pm

I think he would be making a mistake but I wish him well either way. The NFL doesn’t usually draft undersized LB’s early and his tackling has left something to be desired at times this year. At any rate, his family should be his first priority and I wish him nothing but the best.

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2009
2:05 pm

One more year will definitely improve his draft stock! And, it would be great for UGA (I’m being selfish), bolster our defense!

NCDAWG

November 17th, 2009
2:05 pm

I agree with Red Hill…..Either way I wish him well…..A lot will depend on the other Linebackers in this Draft class. I don’t think he would go in the first rounnd. This year or next year.

Football Ken

November 17th, 2009
2:06 pm

Rennie has to to what’s best for him and his family. With THIS economy, who can blame him? I will miss those big plays from him next year, but from a real UGA fan ,good luck if this is the case.

Bradley G

November 17th, 2009
2:07 pm

red hill is right about his size. Plus, he needs to work on his cover skills a little more as well. He needs another year of seasoning from a real defensive coordinator to increase his draft stock. A mighty fine Bulldog. He is the only underclassman on this defense that could be in consideration for the draft.

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2009
2:08 pm

By the way, I’m a douche 42-45 times a day!

MiltonDawg

November 17th, 2009
2:08 pm

Hope he stays- he would be and is a great mentor to the freshman and the incoming class next year. Wish more players on the D showed his ethics of working hard.

NORRIS

November 17th, 2009
2:10 pm

I thought that he had this great story about how his parents worked so hard to get him into college. It was about how his parents wanted him to have this diploma. Oh well, I guess all that goes out the window when money comes into the picture. But, who wouldnt be swayed by a bunch of money…I dont know maybe Tebow.
I dont know what I would do either. But it is awful impressive when a guy turns down big bucks to finish his committment.

Unfortunately...

November 17th, 2009
2:14 pm

…he is too small for LB in the pros, and I am not sure about his speed for playing strong safety. But, with his family situation it will be in his best interest to go ahead and go pro, with the best scenarion being the Canadian league if he is not drafted by the NFL. There is too much injury risk involved for him to try to play another year in college – and his size ain’t gonna improve!

RxDawg

November 17th, 2009
2:22 pm

Damn good dawg regardless of what happens.

It’s been an honor to cheer for Curran on Saturdays.

hunker down

November 17th, 2009
2:23 pm

Say it ain’t so Tim!

Tech fan

November 17th, 2009
2:24 pm

Just need to find a way to block him On the 28 of Novemeber….
I really hope we work on Georgia This week while Georgia is wroking on Kentucky!!

John

November 17th, 2009
2:26 pm

Another year under Willie Martinez will not improve his draft status, if anything, it would go down. Georgia is losing 3 DL’s, which would make Curran’s job a lot harder next year. Unless Georgia hires a top notch defensive coordinator I can’t see a improvement in Georgia’s defense, therefore Rennie should do what’s best for his family. If MR is selfish enough to allow his friendship with Willie to cloud his judgement, I believe that Rennie should be able to be selfish enough to do what’s best for himself.

GW

November 17th, 2009
2:27 pm

Are you keeping up with the job market for recent college graduates? Curran can’t even afford to pass up a free agent shot as opposed to staying and risking serious injury. He and Reshad Jones are goners.

GT

November 17th, 2009
2:28 pm

COME ON Saint Simons!!! we need to find a way to beat these guys!! your sitting here throwing last years score!! WHO CARES unless we beat them Next Saturday!!
We need to be rooting for Kentucky and hope our Defenes Plays their BEST game!!
stop being a pest..

still a dawg fan

November 17th, 2009
2:28 pm

Rennie would be making a big mistake.Stay in school & get your degree.That’s the best thing you can do for your daughter because you are not NFL material.You are to small,to slow & have no cover skills.That about sums it up.

do the right thang

November 17th, 2009
2:30 pm

unfortunately, have you ever heard of jesse “the hammer” tuggle, sam mills, jonathan vilma, all are and were undersized lb’s in the league. rennies’ work ethic and his ability is whats going to make him a great pro not his height

JB

November 17th, 2009
2:31 pm

RC, there’s much to be said for getting your degree but providing for your family is also a huge concern. If you are told that you will go in the first two rounds, jump. I’d love for you to stay but if you can go early, go.

HBTD!!!

getthepicturenow

November 17th, 2009
2:31 pm

Damn Good Dawg. selfishly i hope Rennie returns, but as a fellow father, i understand his thinking. the guy has been a warrior and one of the few guys we can count on to fight hard through the blowouts we’ve endured.

dan

November 17th, 2009
2:32 pm

“I have to sit down with my family. It’s something I have to pray about. . . . I’m just going to try to make the most informed decision and the smart decision.”

Translation: I’m outta here!

CummingDawg

November 17th, 2009
2:32 pm

Rennie needs to stay another year because I don’t think he has the physical profile for a linebacker in the NFL. He could possibly enhance his standing by compiling better records on a defense that will definitely improve next year under someone other than CWM. Regardless, we love you RC and wish you the best in all things!!

PS – We’re graduating 23 seniors??? So, we have all this senior talent from top 10 recruiting classes in the past 5+ years and we have the record that we have? That just doesn’t compute folks. We all know that this team has not lived up to its potential but can you imagine the hit that 23 seniors will make for next year??? I just don’t get how bad we are NOW. Let’s clean house in the coaching department and begin to coach up the talent that we have.

mark

November 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

I HOPE HE LEAVES, HE IS THE MOST OVER RATED PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF UGA!HE IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASONS OUR DEFENSE IS SO WEAK NOW, IF YOU CAN’T SEE THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE POSITION. LB’S MEET THE BLOCKER HEAD ON TO PLUG THE HOLE WHILE THE OTHER LB SLIDES OVER TO MAKE TACKLE.35 TRIES TO RUN AROUND BLOCKER SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS TO SMALL AND UNDER COACHED,U SHOULD GET TO SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT ON THE 28TH

Joe Friday

November 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

This guy is OVERRATED. I know everyone likes him because of his background, and yes he plays hard. HOWEVER, this guy misses a TON of tackles. Remember the Tennessee game? LSU game?

James

November 17th, 2009
2:39 pm

Rennie is a fine Bulldog but is not having
a very good year just like the team. He needs
another year under a different DC and maybe
he gets drafted in 3rd round in 2011.
R. Jones maybe the most under coached safety
in the Richt era but if he stays healthy
he will play a long time in the NFL. He’s
gone for sure and we really won’t miss him
next year….

dan

November 17th, 2009
2:39 pm

No offense CummingDawg: but are we really going to miss anyone in this senior class? I mean it seems like all of our playmakers right now( AJ, Branden Smith, Drew Butler, Washuan Ealey, Montez Robinson) are underclassmen.I can tell you one thing though, AJ Green is gone after next year! He’s a top 5 draft pick easy.

Curt Long

November 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

I’m a Tech fan, but I will be interested to see how high Drew Butler goes in the draft when he comes out. That guy is a weapon.

timthebrave

November 17th, 2009
2:44 pm

Good luck with whatever you decide. I want him to stay and finish the drill but I understand having to take care of his family. Go dawgs!

Spike

November 17th, 2009
2:48 pm

Make the right decesion. Either way, nobody will blame him. He is a Damn Good Dawg who plays his heart out! GATA.

matt

November 17th, 2009
2:48 pm

Rennie, we love you and you are the best player on our D. Go pro. I agree with everyone that it is great when players finish out their “commitment” – but the amount of money you are talking about will change your daughter’s life. If the goal of every parent is to give their children the advantages that they temselves did not have, this is a no-brainer. One injury can change all of that – I don’t like to say it, but its true. While you won’t have the opportunity for the type of payday that Sam Bradford had last year, you know he must be kicking himself. He was potentially the number one qb, could have made $20+ MILION guaranteed. Now, he is so injury prone that who knows… He cost himself a lot of money. Your parents worked real hard to get you to college so your life would be better – that has happened. Cash in the ticket son, you can always come back for your degree. Thanks for being such a great, smart player. Don’t do anything stupid now.

GO DAWGS!

Tuck Fech

November 17th, 2009
2:52 pm

@mark @Joe Friday

Seriously? Go back to Warcraft in your N Ave dormroom, nerds. Rennie Curran plays with more heart than ANY college football player since Pollack. The kid is small, but his motor never stops and he is a coaches dream. The only thing you know about football is that Thursday means gameday for Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Georgia Tech.

bobby dead dodd

November 17th, 2009
2:58 pm

Saint Simons Did your mommy have any kids that graduated high school?

how2fish

November 17th, 2009
2:58 pm

Lets see lead the SEC in tackles last year and 2nd in the SEC this year….so far…to each and everyone of you who say…he’s too small, too slow, runs around blockers I have to ask WTF are you smoking do you watch the games..hell half the time he doesn’t make the tackle he is in position to if the tackler misses..I hope he stays but I’m damn glad he has been a Dawg..best of luck Rennie!

clueless

November 17th, 2009
3:00 pm

MAYBE ONE DAY THESE JR.’S WILL STAY TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE PROGRAM AND DECIDE THAT THEY WANNA WIN A N.C. TOGETHER!! I THINK I KNOW OF ONE PROGRAM THAT DOES. HMMMM FLA MAYBE?!

Pago Flyer

November 17th, 2009
3:01 pm

In this story I didn’t see the name of his wife and mother of his kid?

What did I miss?

SAV' DAWG

November 17th, 2009
3:03 pm

Curran has been solid. The sooner Reshad Jones leaves the better.Young safeties behind him have been ready to play (Rambo). As for the seniors on the defensive line, lots of underachieving this year. Look forward to seeing the youngsters take over those positions as well. Good luck to all the seniors! Go Dawgs!

Pago Flyer

November 17th, 2009
3:03 pm

In this story I didn’t see the name of his wife and mother of his kid?
What did I miss?

Dawg Gone It

November 17th, 2009
3:05 pm

Good luck Curran!

ThaDawgdude

November 17th, 2009
3:05 pm

Hey, Still a dawg!
You obviously haven’t watched Rennie Curran play football. He is the quickest and fastest LB we have and probably in the SEC.

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2009
3:06 pm

By the way, I’m a douche period.

It Could Happen

November 17th, 2009
3:06 pm

Rennie, Just want to let you know that there is a chance that you COULD grow another inch or two over the next year. It might be highly unlikely, but it could happen. Just a little something to think about. Go Dawgs!

It Could Happen

November 17th, 2009
3:08 pm

Hey Pago, Why would they publish that?

let us pray...

November 17th, 2009
3:11 pm

that Reshad leaves and Rennie stays, although I imagine they are both gone.

SadDawg

November 17th, 2009
3:11 pm

clueless, unfortunately other than our 5th year seniors, our players haven’t even sniffed a division title, much less a NC. He should go.

DogGoneGaDawg

November 17th, 2009
3:12 pm

Rennie is a great competitor and a vicious hitter. His problem is not only his size but he isn’t too good in pass coverage. I do not believe he would make it in the NFL. He should stay. Next year UGA will be much better.

Jessie Tuggle was of a...

November 17th, 2009
3:14 pm

… different era, as was Sam Mills. Vilma is not all that, and London Fletcher is way past his prime, which was not necessarily all that either. Rennie fits those “molds” and might be successful, but probably will NOT be drafted – only time will tell as to whether he stays or goes. Conventional wisdom says he goes, and probably should since, as others have said, the prospect of getting hurt is always there.

Good point on Sam Bradford – and Tebow is VERY lucky that he is not in the same boat as Bradford, after the concussion scare (not that Tebow would have lost as much as Bradford has).

Hey Pago.

November 17th, 2009
3:15 pm

Maybe he has not divulged the mom’s name for personal reasons. Maybe they aren’t married, which I don’t agree with, but if so it wouldn’t make him any different than say, Chipper Jones, Tom Brady or a host of other people, not just athletes.

SadDawg

November 17th, 2009
3:15 pm

Just watch Reshad Jones get drafted and in a couple of years when he has real coaching, he’ll be a force in for some lucky pro team. He’s got all the tools, just has had Willie teaching him bad habits in a silly, soft defense.

Saint Douchebag

November 17th, 2009
3:16 pm

Saint Simons, your mother is a trollop.