UGA’s Clint Boling, Kris Durham happy to finally get their NFL calls

Georgia WR Kris Durham was surprised to be drafted early in the fourth round by Seattle. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton).

Georgia WR Kris Durham was surprised to be drafted early in the fourth round by Seattle. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton).

Clint Boling and Kris Durham didn’t have to wait long to hear their names called on Saturday.

Boling, an offensive lineman from Alpharetta, was selected by Cincinnati with the fourth pick of the fourth round, which was the fourth selection of the NFL draft’s third day. Durham, a wide receiver from Calhoun, went six picks later to the Seattle Seahawks.

Getting the call was a big relief for Boiling, and a big surprise for Durham.

“Yeah, I was getting a little antsy,” he said. “I definitely thought there was a chance I’d go [Friday]. But, at this point it doesn’t really matter. I’m on an NFL team now and that’s all that matters. I’m getting an opportunity to play pro football, so I’m not too worried about it.”

Durham was expecting to get drafted Saturday, just not quite so early in the day. He said he was sitting on the couch in the living room of his parents’ Calhoun home talking with his father and his uncle when his phone rang. He didn’t recognize the 206 area code, so he stepped away and took it in a rear bedroom. About the time Seattle GM John Schneider informed Durham they were about to pick him, his named flashed across ESPN’s ticker on the TV screen and the whole house was filled with whoops and hollers of joy.

“I’m still speechless right now,” Durham said. “I think I’m actually still shaking. It was pretty shocking. I knew I was going to get a call, I just didn’t know how early. But I visited Seattle and I love the coaches out there and the facilities and everything top to bottom. It’s a first-class organization, I’m excited to be part of it and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Getting the call from Cincinnati was not a surprise for Boling. Agent Pat Dye Jr. had been told there was a good chance the Bengals would take Boling if he was still available. And after getting several overtures from teams on both Thursday and Friday, they were pretty certain his wait would not be long Saturday.

“We definitely thought it was a possibility,” Boling said. “I know they like Georgia guys up there. It should turn out well, I think.”

Boiling will join several other Bulldogs In Cincinnati, including wide receiver A.J. Green, who was taken by the Bengals with the fourth pick of the first round on Thursday. Other UGA alumni already wearing the orange-and-black. Dennis Roland, Geno Atkins and Robert Geathers are also employed by Cincinnati.

Boling (6-4, 305), a graduate of Chattahoochee High in Alpharetta, is expected to play guard for the Bengals. He leaves Georgia with a reputation as one of the program’s most versatile linemen ever. Boling started an incredible 49 games in his college career and he did it at every position on the line of scrimmage except center.

“His versatility is one of his greatest assets,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “The way NFL rosters are, you only carry about six or seven linemen, so you must have guys that can cross train. It’s one thing to see guys that play tackle one year and guard another year, but it’s another thing to see one play guard and tackle and go from one side to another even in the same game. So they know he can handle it mentally and that’s really helped him a bunch.”

Durham (6-5, 215) busted loose from an injury-plagued career as a senior. As the Bulldogs’ starting split end, he had 32 catches for 659 yards and three touchdowns. He finished with 910 yards on 51 catches and four TDs for his career.

With the selections of Boling and Durham, the Bulldogs have now had five players selected in the 2011 draft. The others were Green, OLB Justin Houston (3rd, Kansas City) and LB Akeem Dent (3rd, Atlanta).

Both Boling and Durham are good friends with former Bulldog quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009. as expected, they heard from him on Saturday.

“He told me vacation was on me this year,” Durham said with a laugh. “I said, ‘no, it’s still on you.’”

Late Saturday another one of Staffords good buddies went. Fullback Shaun Chapas was picked by the Dallas Cowboys with the 17th pick of the seventh and final round, 220th overall.

By Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

54 comments Add your comment

TennesseeDawg

April 30th, 2011
2:40 pm

dave

April 30th, 2011
2:42 pm

Congratulations guys!!!!!!!!!!! durham will be a steal!!!! goooooooooo dawgs!!!!

Jay

April 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

Amazing how UGA gets so little out of so much talent! Hopefully that will change this year!

DawgByte

April 30th, 2011
2:53 pm

Athens to Cincinnati, it’s a new talent pipeline!

4th and Long Gone

April 30th, 2011
3:19 pm

Congratulations, especially to Mr. Durham. As a Tech alum (but married to a UGA alum), I am not too familiar with Boiling, but I was very impressed with how Durham stepped up when AJ was suspended. He became my favorite Bulldog. Have to admit, I find it hard to cheer for the team, but never find it hard to cheer for individuals on the team, especially ones like Chris Durham. Best of luck to both of you.

Robbie

April 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

@4th and Long Gone, I feel the same way about Tech players. I loved watching Calvin play wanted him to do well. With that said I didn’t want him to win lol. The Same thing went for Nesbit, felt awful for him when he broke his arm.

CJJScout

April 30th, 2011
3:46 pm

Glad to see Durham get picked up. Class act, playmaker.

PJ's Saucer Nipples

April 30th, 2011
3:50 pm

Keep on hatin, you trolls. I love that 3 of the first 6 comments are from Nerds!

How many Georgia Tech players have been drafted? NONE

NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE

NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE NONE

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lanier

April 30th, 2011
3:52 pm

Durham will be a good must get 1st down reciever in the pros. Wish the Falcons got him. He is B Finn with speed

Asdf

April 30th, 2011
3:56 pm

“He is B Finn with speed”
This

BG

April 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

I’m so proud for Durham and Boling. They both are great young men who will have great NFL careers. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

These two young men will make it in the NFL. One’s desire along with a fair amount of talent will insure thier success. They were fine players in college as both displayed an unselfish attitude when playing and a lot of heart. Those same attributes will be on display at the next level. I Think Durham got the better end of the deal though. I am not sure Cinn. is coached well enough to take it to the top, not matter how many good players they get. Maybe Boling, can help set the tone for them to become a good team though.

PJ's Saucer Nipples

April 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

What is a 1st down receiver?

Good luck young men.

Berzerk8dawg

April 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

Congrats to both you guys dgd’s !

RomeDawg

April 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

I appreciate the classy comments by 4th and long gone. I am the same way. Watching Nesbitt go down this year was tough on everyone who loves college football and I hope he gets a chance to play in the NFL.

Chip Towers

April 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Georgia basketball got a commitment from C John Cannon (6-10, 225) of Burnsville, NC, on Saturday. Michael Carvell will be reporting on it over at the AJC Recruiting Blog. That’s signee No. 5 for the Dogs for 2011 along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tim Florveus, Tim Dixon and Nemanja Djurisic. They could sign one more.

bdub

April 30th, 2011
5:00 pm

Seahawks fan for life,,,,Please let this kid pan out…..Work hard Durham, hawks need ya!

nash

April 30th, 2011
5:53 pm

Kris is tall, has great hands and, speed for days. It’s hard to say which one came away on took Seattle form the pick or, Durham because he had a low draft grade

dogforlife

April 30th, 2011
6:53 pm

Was hoping the Falcons would take Durham late. Brian Finneran with better speed.
Good luck to all of the new NFL Dogs and good luck to the returning UGA Dogs !!

7576DAWG

April 30th, 2011
7:11 pm

I am more happy that Durham will get his chance than anybody because he went all out on every play . The rest of the team should learn something from that along with HOW NOT TO DO IT BY JUSTIN HOUSTON..

buffdawg

April 30th, 2011
7:24 pm

way to go Durham, you were a d— good dawg

jswiney

April 30th, 2011
7:35 pm

Congrats Kris from your fans in Toccoa, you’ll do great, you always do. Go Dawgs (and Seahawks)!!!

Yellow Fuzz

April 30th, 2011
8:00 pm

hahahahahahahahahah

Flat Tire on I-95 In Jacksonville

April 30th, 2011
8:29 pm

I will miss Durham he was underutilized in my opinion

PCDAWG

April 30th, 2011
8:32 pm

Two misspelled words. Screen not scream and drafted and not draft.

JDawg1785

April 30th, 2011
10:53 pm

Congratulations to two DGDs! Good luck in the pros, guys!

drbasic1

April 30th, 2011
11:48 pm

MattMD

well that is about 59.9 minutes longer than the total of your IQ…………idiot

smitty

May 1st, 2011
12:00 am

uga underachieved tremendously last season. how many players got drafted this weekend ? wow!!!!

Gdawg

May 1st, 2011
12:02 am

Durham is one of my all-time favorite DAWGS! He is very down-to-earth and plays hard every down. I can’t think of a more deserving kid to come out of Athens in a long time. I wish him well at the next level. For MattMD, you need to get back to the fries bin! No more talk out of you…we all know you know NOTHING about football with that comment. This kid can catch and is smart. He knows when to get down and when to go for extra yards. Congratulations Kris!!!! DGD!

Bravoman

May 1st, 2011
6:18 am

Thought Ga fans were done thinking bout Newton. But nooo now the Falcons have to contend with him. oh well no biggie. He’ll never be another Mike Vick, in a way Carolina should be hoping there not in Oakland’s shoes a short while ago.

Joey

May 1st, 2011
8:46 am

Boy, the Seahawks are getting themselves a gem in Durham. I predict he has a more productive rookie season than AJ.

Speaking of AJ, I’ll bet Carson Palmer is reconsidering his “trade me or I’m retiring” stance, now that he’s got this new target . . .

Steve Spurrier

May 1st, 2011
9:02 am

Durham is not NFL calibre; he’ll be working second shift in a carpet mill by next January…

Actually

May 1st, 2011
9:38 am

Actually, Steve, it was you that was not NFL calibre!

BallMachine

May 1st, 2011
9:40 am

All that talent on nfl rosters and ga had 7 losses? what gives?

CDAWG

May 1st, 2011
10:01 am

P.J.’s didn’t Anthony Allen get drafted? You might want to reconsider your facts or lack there of!

Joey

May 1st, 2011
10:23 am

That’s funny right there, Actually!

Chris

May 1st, 2011
11:30 am

Congrats!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!! Boling will be a starter in this league soon!!!!! I see Durham as a brian Finneran. A guy who is a special teams guy and a major contributor in the red zone. I wish both of them the best

RxDawg

May 1st, 2011
11:33 am

I’m so happy for Kris Durham. One of my favorite dawgs since Thomas Brown. You can’t buy a better attitude and work ethic and he’s not to shabby of a WR either.

An Inconvenient Truth

May 1st, 2011
11:50 am

“Durham is not NFL calibre; he’ll be working second shift in a carpet mill by next January…”

Either that or pushing a shopping around, looking for a warm place to sleep. That’s the fate of most of UGA’s athletes.

JimDawg

May 1st, 2011
12:40 pm

Steal of the Draft goes to Seattle!!! Extremely proud of Kris for being drafted in 4th. Congrats to all the NFL Dawgs! I wish he could have gone to Detroit to get back with Stafford. Just give him a QB that will hit him in stride, and watch his numbers go up!

Yellow Fuzz

May 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

It Ain’t Rocket Science:

Stop using the SEC as an excuse for your lack of results. We can compete there as well as you (and Vandy) have the past 3 years. By the way, how did those last 3 close games with us feel? Get used to Paul Johnson and Staff! georgia is less than a touch down better than us (on paper) and our coaches can out coach yours so you better watch what you say little man. Enjoy your pathetic life-LOOOOOOZER! Hahahahahahaha.

World Be Free

May 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

Congrats to all the players selected in the draft. Boling is a steal for any NFL team, he can play so many different positions effectively.

Dogs need a real head coach to move forward. Mark Richt is the worst coach in the SEC.

JDAWG

May 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

FLA DAWG

May 1st, 2011
4:04 pm

Congrats Dawgs!

Very happy to see the dreams of these guys come true.
Glad the talent of these kids wasn’t ruined by Richt & Company’s coaching.

World Be Free

May 1st, 2011
4:35 pm

FLA DAWG-right on
These players survived having Mark Richt as their “mentor”

MountainDawg

May 1st, 2011
5:55 pm

Congrats to Durham & Boling. Durham has the size, speed & hands to do well in the NFL. The Dawgs didn’t pass to him nearly enough.

FLA DAWG

May 1st, 2011
7:13 pm

MountainDawg,

FLA DAWG

May 1st, 2011
7:15 pm

MountainDawg,

I agree completely. Durham was one of the most under-rated UGA players in modern history. He didn’t get the ball thrown his way nearly enough. I guess with AJ on the field it was naturally going to go his way but Richt / Bobo could have used Durham alot more.

Dan

May 1st, 2011
10:17 pm

Yellow Fuzz:

Tech has won one football game against Georgia this century, and they still want to talk crap? Sad pathetic losers!

Jeff in Calhoun

May 1st, 2011
11:18 pm

Congrats Chris Durham! You were great for Calhoun and for Georgia. I told you that I thought you had a good career ahead of you in the NFL. You said “Thanks I hope your right”. Like many on here have already stated that he is Brian Finneren with speed. This guy is a CLASS ACT all the way>