News and notes: Curran, other ex-Dogs go to work … Thompkins would’ve made 81 … Sturdivant’s comeback

The five former Georgia football players selected in the NFL draft last weekend already are at work this weekend in their new teams’ rookie mini-camps.

Linebacker Rennie Curran is in mini-camp with the Titans, defensive tackle Geno Atkins with the Bengals, safety Reshad Jones with the Dolphins, defensive tackle Jeff Owens with the Eagles and defensive tackle Kade Weston with the Patriots.

Curran, in an interview with reporters in the Titans’ locker room, said “it still hasn’t really hit me” that he’s now in the NFL.

“I don’t think it’ll really hit me until I get to that first game and probably get my first paycheck,” he said.

You can watch the interview on the Titans’ website here.

Curran, No. 35 at UGA, has a new number, by the way: He’s currently No. 38 with the Titans, according to the nameplate on his locker.

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Georgia’s Trey Thompkins, a unanimous first-team All-SEC pick this past season, definitely bucked the trend when he resisted the lure of the NBA draft. The NBA announced this week that 103 players, including 80 from U.S. colleges, filed for early entry into this year’s draft.

Eighty college underclassmen!

Even if no seniors and no international players are drafted –- and some will be, of course –- there isn’t nearly enough room for all of those underclassmen to be selected.

The draft lasts just two rounds, just 60 picks. And only the first-round picks -– 30 players -– get guaranteed contracts.

Georgia coach Mark Fox has mentioned how proud he was of the maturity with which Thompkins approached his draft decision. Even as rumors swirled about what he would do, Thompkins stuck to his plan of making an informed, rather than impulsive, decision. A lot of players far less accomplished than Thompkins -– and many no more accomplished than his teammate Travis Leslie, for that matter -– entered the draft.

“You have 50 or 60 guys, whatever the number is, jumping in this draft that shouldn’t be in it,” Fox told me recently.

Addressing the same topic to a Bulldog Club gathering, Fox said: “If you read the [ESPN] ticker every night, you’ll see there’s a different college basketball player who has declared for the NBA draft [each night]. Every night, I would pray I don’t see Travis’ or Trey’s name come across there. We’re thankful we won’t this year.”

Underclassmen in the draft can retain their NCAA eligibility if they withdraw by May 8 –- provided, of course, they haven’t signed with an agent and remain academically eligible.

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If you missed it, Mark Richt had good news about offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant’s comeback from his second knee surgery.

Sidelined almost all of the past two seasons, Sturdivant is on track to be ready for preseason practice this summer, Richt said Thursday.

“We do expect him to be ready by preseason,” Richt said. “He’s rehabbing; he’s been making very good progress. This [surgical] repair just feels different to him and feels better to him. Whether that’s psychological or not, I don’t know, but we’re excited he feels that way.”

Richt said coaches will be cautious with Sturdivant’s workload early in preseason, “but he’s really projected to be a full go.”

If healthy, Sturdivant would be a big boost to the offensive line. He started every game at left tackle as a freshman in 2007 before missing the entire 2008 season because of reconstructive surgery on his left knee. He returned for the 2009 opener at Oklahoma State but suffered a torn ligament in the same knee in that game, requiring another surgery and sidelining him for the rest of the season and spring practice.

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The buzz about SEC expansion.

62 comments Add your comment

UGA Student

May 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

Dawgforlife

May 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

I hope that we can all agree to some bypartision support of Trenton Sturdivant…It doesn’t matter our team of choice. This young man has been through enough. I hope he can continue his football career without hardship.

74 Dawg

May 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

Good luck Trinton! And good luck to Rookie Dawgs in the NFL.

Agree with Dawgforlife

May 1st, 2010
3:14 pm

Best of luck Trinton!

kydawg

May 1st, 2010
3:14 pm

I thought LB’s in the NFL had to be a 50 or 90 numbet? Does 38 mean Rennie will only see Special Teams if anything?

Glad to hear TS is doing well and feeling better.

Guido Killin' Dawg

May 1st, 2010
3:20 pm

I hope all of y’all remember that Trinton was named to the All-SEC Freshman team. AND before he tore his knee a second time at Okie State, Joe hadn’t even been touched yet. We incorporate him into the primary O-Line we had a GT, Aaron is not going to be hardly nicked, and we can expect Ealey and King to get some big big yardage. GO DAWGS!!

bwell

May 1st, 2010
3:33 pm

Any word on the Kid from LA Dwyane Poole? Is he signing with Ga or what? Has Coach Fox heard anything?

Johnny DangerDawg

May 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

Trinton Sturdivant had the brightest future of any of our O-linemen before his injuries. Matt Stinchcomb (back in Sturdivant’s frosh year) said Sturdivant had all the right tools to play in the NFL and was not even playing at his full potential because he needed an offseason to build up his size and strength.
I really feel sympathy for Sturdivant, and if I could just pick one guy to have a great season, it would be him. Good luck, Trinton!

Tim Tucker

May 1st, 2010
3:38 pm

kydawg: Good point. Must just be a number for mini-camp.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
3:42 pm

I hope everybody comes back healthy. We want to see the best athletes playing.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2010
3:44 pm

If Curran has a nameplate instead of masking tape on his locker that is a good sign.

Im4UGA

May 1st, 2010
4:36 pm

So did he get any kind of redshirts for those two years? Maybe the normal redshirt and then a medical redshirt? How much eligibility does he have left, I guess is what I’m asking.

Great to hear that he hasn’t given up. Would be very easy to do with two knee surgeries like that.

1eyedJack

May 1st, 2010
4:50 pm

Good luck Trinton. I think he’s a Jr.

Tim Tucker

May 1st, 2010
5:26 pm

Im4UGA: He has two years of eligibility left.

H.S. Coach

May 1st, 2010
5:50 pm

I’m pretty sure LB’s can wear any number they want. I remember Derrick Brooks wearing #10 for years.

Tim Tucker

May 1st, 2010
5:53 pm

… although from reading the ncaa rule on what it takes to get a sixth year to play four, he potentially could petition the ncaa for an additional year after the next two.

What??

May 1st, 2010
6:22 pm

If Trinton is healthy, he will not stay to play that third year.

UGA just can’t catch a break with players returning for additional years if a chance presents itself to go to the NFL.

Stafford and Morino in a senior season would have been special as well as many other talented players to leave after their junior season (H. Walker).

bufbox

May 1st, 2010
6:47 pm

I think Trinton will have to stay 2 more, even if he has a great year this season. The pros are gonna be wary of that knee, and will want to see it holdup for more than just this season before he projects as a high round draft choice. Best of luck Trinton… we need you back.

76-Dawg

May 1st, 2010
6:56 pm

I watched Sturdivant his freshman year and in the Oklahoma State game last year and i never saw anyone able to out muscle him. He has little lower leg compared with the rest of his body. But, if he will not get hurt in 2010 Ealey and King will have a field day running behind him.

dawg nation

May 1st, 2010
7:10 pm

I hope Ken Malome pans out

DawgBoi

May 1st, 2010
8:47 pm

H.S. Coach – He wore #10 when he was a professional at FSU. He wore #55 with Tampa Bay.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 1st, 2010
9:13 pm

Malcome should pan out just fine. Trinton, we look forward to seeing you back in the red & black.

Hairy Dawg

May 1st, 2010
9:14 pm

Good to hear the guys get drafted to paid playing football on Sundays. We get Sturdivant back healthy and we dominante up front and win by running ball down every one throats. Great news that O line domination is goning finally come on field this year.

SOS Dawg

May 1st, 2010
10:27 pm

Wow……. reckon Sturdivant will be ready to do some pregnant belly rubbing so that he will be featured in the Jail blotter by fall practice?? This kid is a bust because of him being so prone to the injury bug.

Hairy Dawg

May 1st, 2010
11:13 pm

Sturdivant aint goning to blotting the police. He blotting out the sun as he flatens the midget Techmites into ground. Last year just begining of new 8 pluses year unloading of whooping can on pesty yechies. With Sturdivant and line returners Dawgs have best running and good passing game this year and Martinez gone to fix defense. We goning all the way as champs this time.

Debi

May 1st, 2010
11:16 pm

Curran won’t last past the exhibition games if he even gets that far. So many fans go wild over the guy, but he only had a few games where he impressed anyone. In most games, he wasn’t even a factor.

The Titans won’t waste much time or money on this guy.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 1st, 2010
11:19 pm

SOS Dawg – you are a disgrace……. Sturdivent is a man of high moral character and was all SEC his Freshman year – not a bust… I will be praying for Trinton and for you to have a change of attitude and develop some morals of your own.

BillG

May 1st, 2010
11:22 pm

Hairy Dawg, did you take spelling and grammar in school? Why don’t you have another beer while you try to remember if you even went to school.

Or are you just in a bad mood because your unemployment check was late this week? :-)

college is forever

May 1st, 2010
11:28 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Check out the UGA classic tin lunchbox and give Mom or your wife the gift she will remember for many years to come, especially if you put something nice inside like some jewelry. Go Dawgs!!!

athdog

May 1st, 2010
11:32 pm

Hairy and SOS, go back to your Tech blog. You idiots can’t even cornpone well enough to pull of the UGA fan sham. We all know that not only has UGA more wins head to head in fb, but we also know that UGA has more Rhodes, Fulbright and Truman scholars than does Tech…and its not even close.

col fot

May 1st, 2010
11:33 pm

Maybe Trinton will make all america, would be very deserving

pcsjax1

May 2nd, 2010
4:46 am

I have grown weary after two seasons of hearing constantly about Trinton Sturdivants knee injuries. He has been Mark Richt “crying towel” for two years. Its time to “step up and perform” an entire season for the Dawg Nation!

roll tide

May 2nd, 2010
9:17 am

Thank you for Chance Warmack and James Carpenter. They make up the left side of our next national championship offensive line. Richt and Booboo create their own lack of depth on the offensive line when they move Kiante Tripp and Bean Anderson.Brilliant. Also Auburn wants to thank you for Ed Christian and UT for Juwuan James 6′7″ 320. Brilliant!

Bulldog38

May 2nd, 2010
10:02 am

Roll tide: With all due respect, you know not of what you speak concerning the depth on the offensive line at Georgia. It is BECAUSE of the quality depth on the O-line that they moved Tripp to DE and Bean to Noseguard. “Mark” my words, barring a rash of injuries, Georgia will have the best O-line in the SEC for the next couple of seasons.

Can You Dig It

May 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

roll tide…how many quality players come out of your state every year?….one? two?….your high school football sucks….what a pompous ass little boy you are…..I’ll bet your hung like a field mouse too…..a momas boy for sure…. Go away little boy… we don’t need you on this blog……Can You Dig It!

PowerDawg

May 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Jeez, can’t these supposed dawg fans spell our player’s names correctly? It’s MORENO and MALCOME!

They MUST have been been born in Alabama.

Senora Weeb

May 2nd, 2010
12:25 pm

No, PowerDawg, they weren’t born in Alabama. They’re just your typicall illiterate UGA fans.

Ropedawg

May 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

LOL at Senora Webb. Pot meet kettle… Its typical not typicall. Nice.

.

May 2nd, 2010
1:22 pm

Senora Weeb- Wow! That was quite a come back….burn, sizzle, toast. You have the wit of a 10 year old boy….get outta here, geek!

SOOHSO

May 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

“Who dat” rights belong to Disney. Remember the cartoon ” who dat say who when I say who dat!!!

BDAWG

May 2nd, 2010
2:48 pm

Sturdivant is a big physical player but, in the Oklahoma State game he looked really out of shape. I really don’t think the training staff did a good job of getting him physically nor mentally ready for the season. I am speaking from experience of having a total knee reconstruction done the old fashion way. You have to be in great physical shape to return from that type of surgery in one year or less, not flabby. I wish Sturdivant the best of luck and I hope the training staff really get him worked back into playing shape.

BDAWG

May 2nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Roll Tide thank you for the great comments. It is country hicks from Ala. like you that make it a great state. It’s amazing how we hear so much from UA fans since they only support the program when they are winning. UGA fans are loyal through thick and thin. Saban will leave soon and so will the talent and UA fans will not be heard from anymore. Get off the UGA blog country hick.

patrick

May 2nd, 2010
3:09 pm

Richt is 3-1 against ALA and 4-0 against Auburn bring the total against the State of ALA to 7-1. Even with a NC thats embarrassing. I would stop posting on an UGA blog if I were you ALA fans.

GT=all Boy's school

May 2nd, 2010
3:52 pm

who is ed christian?

GT=all Boy's school

May 2nd, 2010
3:53 pm

thanks for ben jones.

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

May 2nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Still remember that image of Ben Jones with tech’s turf in his mouth after 30-24!

Priceless!

Reality

May 2nd, 2010
5:33 pm

yawn. who cares. uga is irrelavent.

Its me Bear

May 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

it’s almost time for all those UGA fans to start pulling for the Tide again. Come on back, it was great last year and it’ll be better this year. I loved seeing all those new caps and jackets after our win last year. Ya know ya love a winner. Why wait till they lose 4 or 5, come now, before all the talk of another down year and we are reloading and all that crap. BAMA RULES….. uga drools

RED DOG 77

May 3rd, 2010
1:06 am

Reality 5/2 5:33pm…………..Well, my friend, all I can say is……….We’ll see……………..My guess? You, Reality are the one who is irrelavent…………What say we check back toward the end of September……….Well, okeee doookie then, and………Good day………RED

AltamahaDawg

May 3rd, 2010
7:15 am

YOU care, obviously. A lot. And often.