Rewind: Bulldogs prevalent in NFL draft, baseball team keeps rolling

A.J. Green, here with Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, waas extremely well-received in Cincy. (Photo by Gary Landers/The Enquirer)

A.J. Green, here with Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, was extremely well-received in Cincy. (Photo by Gary Landers/The Enquirer)

THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND

For the 12th time in the past 14 seasons, and fifth year in a row, the Southeastern Conference had the most players selected in the NFL draft. And, once again, Georgia was among the league’s leaders in producing professional football players.

The Bulldogs had six players taken during the three-day draft. That tied LSU for most in the conference this year. It marked the second time in three years that six Bulldogs were drafted.

UGA was also fourth overall in the nation, tied with Clemson, LSU and Iowa. North Carolina had the most players drafted with nine followed by Miami (8) and Nebraska (7).

The SEC had 38 players selected, including 10 in the first round. The Big Ten was second among the conferences with 36, followed by the ACC (34), Pac-10 (29), Big 12 and Big East (22), WAC (16), Mountain West (8), Conference USA (7), Sun Belt (5) and MAC (3). It was actually a down year in the conference. They had 49 players selected last year.

The official SEC website has a page called “Draft Central,” which can tell you virtually anything you want to know about the league’s NFL draft history.

A.J. Green well-received in Cincy

With NFL/Falcons reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter having to chronicle Cam Newton’s No. 1 overall selection as well A.J. Green’s first-round call and all the Atlanta Falcons stuff, I’m not sure our voracious Georgia readers got enough on Green. So let me direct you to some of the coverage Green received in Cincinnati.

Let’s just say the soft-spoken, always-humble was a smash hit with in Cincinnati — he’s being embraced as the “Anti-Ochocinco” — and his selection as the No. 4 overall pick was widely lauded throughout NFL circles. Here’s a story at Cincinnati.com that reports on his first press conference with the Bengals. You can also CLICK HERE to see a video of that first media session.

A little bit on Shaun Chapas

Likewise, I didn’t get a chance to report on the Dallas Cowboys’ selection of Georgia fullback Shaun Chapas this weekend other than a one-line mention in my Sunday story written Saturday night. But if you’d like to listen to an interview, there’s some good audio from DallasCowboys.com of his interview with Cowboys’ media members. Also at that site is something called “Secret Audio,” which is a tape-recording of the actual phone call Chapas received from owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett when the Cowboys drafted him late Saturday. Kind of neat, I thought.

Chapas (6-2, 247), a native of St. Augustine, Fla., went to the Cowboys with the 17th pick of the seventh round, 220th overall. He started 22 of 48 games at Georgia, finishing with 155 yards rushing on 40 carries and two touchdowns and 221 yards receiving on 26 catches and four TDs.

Diamond Dogs win yet another SEC series

This baseball thing is starting to get real interesting at Georgia.

The Diamond Dogs (24-21, 13-8 SEC) messed around and won another SEC series. This one came in dramatic fashion against No. 14 Arkansas (29-13, 10-11). Zach Cone was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to plate the winning run in a 6-5 decision.  That capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally for the Bulldogs, who have now taken at least two-of-three games from a conference opponent for the fifth time in seven series.

“Of all the great things we’ve done this year, we haven’t won like that, so it was exciting,” Georgia coach David Perno said. “To get a good inning in the ninth was huge.”

If things keep heading this direction, the Bulldogs are going to pose a real interesting dilemma for the NCAA selection committee. They have played the No. 1 toughest schedule, have won an SEC-best 13 games vs. Top 25 teams and have an overall RPI in the teens. But they may have barely 30 wins at the end of the regular season. They have 11 games left (starting at Auburn this weekend) then the SEC tourney.

Basketball team adds another signee

Funny story about transitioning from my recruiting gig to cover UGA again. Georgia added another basketball commitment — in fact, he might actually be a signee by now — in center John Cannon of Burnsville, N.C., over the weekend. Well, news of Cannon’s decision started to circulate Saturday afternoon. So when I heard it I commenced to tracking down Cannon’s number and called his house in North Carolina. His mother answered and said her son was eating. After I identified myself, she said, “didn’t you just call here?” I hadn’t, but AJC recruiting reporter Michael Carvell had.

I told Ms. Cannon there was no sense in calling us both back. So, in case you missed it, CLICK HERE to read Carvell’s report on coach Mark Fox’s Hoop Dogs picking up their fifth player for the Class of 2011.

In a nutshell, Cannon rated three stars from Rivals and two stars from Scout. Northwestern was his only other major college offer but he was invited to attend North Carolina as a preferred walkon. He averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds as a senior at Mountain Heritage High School this past season.

At Georgia, Cannon will join Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tim Dixon, Tim Florveus and Nemanja Djurisic. The Bulldogs have room to sign one other recruit if they choose.

Bubba Watson wins again

In case you missed it, UGA alum Bubba Watson won a PGA golf tournament for the second time this year on Sunday. He defeated Webb Simpson with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff in the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Watson hit a 220-yard shot out of a fairway bunker to reach the par-5 green in two and two-putt for victory.

As luck would have it, I’m scheduled to interview Watson tomorrow at the University of Georgia Golf Course. He’s honorary chair of this year’s Stadion Classic at UGA, a Nationwide Tour event. So tune in tomorrow to hear more from him. Maybe he’ll still have his latest trophy with him.

By Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

41 comments Add your comment

goldwreck

May 2nd, 2011
5:55 am

This article sure covered a lot of ground.

Calhoundawg

May 2nd, 2011
7:13 am

Boy, didn’t it now. Go Diamond Dawgs !!!!!

TennesseeDawg

May 2nd, 2011
7:26 am

Since the cheap Bungles drafted Green, the day after the draft just means day 1 of his holdout.

BYRDDAWG

May 2nd, 2011
7:26 am

GO DAWGS!!!! WOOF WOOF WOOF

bad brad

May 2nd, 2011
7:30 am

Congratulations on getting the UGA gig. Like this update format, thanks Chip.

Matthews Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
7:54 am

Great work Chip! It’s good to get a weekend rundown of what all the Dawgs are doing!! Go Dawgs

UGASlobberknocker

May 2nd, 2011
8:28 am

By every measure, UGA is the 4th best team in the SEC. Only Top 5 teams USC,Vandy and Fla are better..no other SEC team has a winning conf record. With that and their tough schedule, they are a lock for the NCAA tourney. Usually 8 or 9 SEC teams make the field. Their record will only hurt them by making it unlikely Athens will host a regional.

Top Row Dog

May 2nd, 2011
8:29 am

As usual UGA gives us the best local sports news.

UGA leads SEC in draft picks over Alabama, Auburn, and Florida, has another PGA winner, gets another baseball series over ranked team.

Bin Laden killed and Tech loses baseball series to Clemson with only one football player drafted, it’s a great day for America.

liars and damm liars

May 2nd, 2011
8:31 am

Well UGA got a dream team this year. Seems based on the number of players drafted we have had dream recruiting seasons for quite some time Only troubling question is with so much talent why do we put up lousy W-L records?

so many NFL players onthe team

May 2nd, 2011
8:32 am

and only six wins?!?!?!?

St. Simons

May 2nd, 2011
8:50 am

Would someone please tell where to find the article on the Tech players drafted?

Beast from the East

May 2nd, 2011
8:51 am

Very puzzling that so many players are deemed NFL worthy, yet the win toal has declined for several straight years. I know talent alone doesn’t win games, but having 12 losses in the past 2 years with all of that talent is alarming.

JB

May 2nd, 2011
9:01 am

Not the real St. Simmons. He spelled out the word ‘Saint”…. But Tech is in trouble. I Believe the Johnson era is pretty much over. The last two signing classes have not given him the influx of talent to compete with the ACC elite, much less Georgia. Dawgs have been very average the last two years, and the wonderful Johnson has not be able to win. He just doesn’t have the horses to compete with BCS type teams. Look at the bowl games. Tough ranked teams= losses for Tech. Can also say the same about my Dawgs the last two years also.

JB

May 2nd, 2011
9:03 am

Beast, we have coaching problems. My fellow Dawg fans don’t like to say it outside the family, but everyone who follows football knows it. We fill the NFL every year, but can’t win the SEC East. He’s got THIS YEAR to prove the world wrong. We’ll see.

66DAWGnNC

May 2nd, 2011
9:06 am

UGASlobberknocker,

Not disagreeing with you. I think the baseball team should make the NCAA tourney. I watched most of the game Saturday and if I am not mistaken the announcers said there was an NCAA rule that stated a team had to be above .500 for a tourney bid. I thought they were talking about overall record rather than SEC record because they stated UGA needed to be 3 games above .500 before the SEC tourney to assure a winning record. I may be wrong, but I thought that is what I heard. Chip, can you verify?

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2011
9:08 am

Gotta agree Beast. I’m predicting at least 9-3 for us.

My wife laughed at our bet.

Get ready son, your name is a changing

BeastfromTheEastEatenByDawg

It’s coming!!!!!!!!!!!

Beast from the East

May 2nd, 2011
9:12 am

DawginLex,
Don’t let the Big Gator get ya!

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2011
9:14 am

Not a dilemma. If they stay a few games over .500, don’t collapse in the conference tourney, they are in.

Outside Observer

May 2nd, 2011
9:21 am

Congrats on the successful draft. It’s always good to see the boys with Georgia ties in the NFL. It was a moderate surprise seeing Durham go so high, but apparently Pete Carroll saw something in him that you have been saying was there this whole time. As always, good luck for a successful season, except in the game around Thanksgiving.

stewart DAWG black

May 2nd, 2011
9:26 am

Thought you would enjoy reading this, Timmy!

athenshound

May 2nd, 2011
9:34 am

Chip, This is why we were so psyched when you took over the UGA blog.
Great job!

coondawg69

May 2nd, 2011
9:50 am

Diamond Dogs will be favored this weekend at Auburn and then at KY. No mid-week game this week, at home on the 11th aginst Mercer and then at KSU on the 17th before the regular season ends in Athens against Vandy.

Dogs should take Auburn and KY. If they do, they will be at Hoover and then make the NCAA.

Dawgs1

May 2nd, 2011
9:55 am

Thanks for baseball Chip. Watched it on TV and wanted it acknowledged.

lucky21

May 2nd, 2011
10:07 am

In my opinion if UGA doesnt make it over 30 wins then they dont belong in the tournament by any means

bulldogsteve

May 2nd, 2011
10:16 am

To be safe the baseball team needs to be 6 games over .500 going into the final series against Vandy. As long as their overall record is over .500 they are a lock. Most projections have them a 2 seed somewhere. NCAA states you must be over .500 to be eligble. Vandy will be a very tough series as they are destroying teams right now. Tough thing about the SEC tournament is the west leader will automatically get the 2 seed in the tournament, so UGA will end up playing either Vandy, SC or FL in the first round. All three of them are in the top 4 in country. Don’t want to have to win 1 game in the SEC tournament to be eligble. They have been a special team this year especially with the brutal out of conference schedule.

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

UGA has 13 wins against ranked teams. Their RPI is top 10. If they aren’t in the NCAA’s, there is something terribly worng.

AfghanHound

May 2nd, 2011
10:54 am

Butch Davis is going to take UNC to where CMR would like to take UGa. UNC, who had 9 players drafted, most of whom played none-to-sparingly last season, has at least 4 more 1st-2d rounders on next years team. Their recruiting is going to shoot up as well as recruits really dig Butch.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

May 2nd, 2011
11:02 am

I think we all agree, all this NFL talent in Athens and yet again…nothing happens. Sad indeed.

godogs1

May 2nd, 2011
11:06 am

Joshua Nesbitt for Heisman!!!!

SSIgator

May 2nd, 2011
11:09 am

JB -

Not to worry. Richt has been studying “cutting edge football” since January and like he told a booster in Macon last week “I know what the hell I am doing”. There is also some nice ocean front property for sale in Colorado in case any of the KoolAid crowd would like to buy in.

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2011
11:26 am

SSI,

There is a fixer upper for sale in Pakistan with some carpet stains that all of us Dawgs would love for you to go buy…………….

they have no internet there………………

Maconbulldog

May 2nd, 2011
11:28 am

@SSlgator Because the new Head Coach of UF has done so much for the program like cleaning up the team the CUM did not do. Cause Will has won pleanty of SEC titles as an head coach right?? I try not to talk smack before the season comes back to haunt you in the end. But you gator fans have much to brag about and I can’t take that away. Until we tee it up on the field good luck with your season til the party in Jax.

Warnell Dog

May 2nd, 2011
11:33 am

Who is “TIM” Florveus?

Gman 84

May 2nd, 2011
11:36 am

Reading the article, they cite Green’s 2 TD catches in a WIN against Colorado. Oh how I wish it were true.

That is the game (even above UCF) that shows just how badly things have slipped. Imagine CU beats UGA and fires their coach anyway-they were just an awful team. We were worse.

74 Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
12:17 pm

Silly Simon, none were. heh

74 Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
12:22 pm

I was slightly wrong there. Allen went in the LAST round. If you would bother to read the Tech blog you would know. But some of you buzz ards would rather be on your rivals blog. Any way for St Simons:
http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2011/04/30/allen-headed-to-baltimore/

Spokesman for the SEC East

May 2nd, 2011
12:22 pm

And yet another batch of talented Dawgs from an under producing Head Coach.

Bin Hidin

May 2nd, 2011
12:26 pm

I should have hid out in Humptown among all of the wasted talent.

Maconbulldog

May 2nd, 2011
1:00 pm

@Bin Hidin now you are hiding out in hell where you belong

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2011
1:24 pm

LOOKS LIKE bin hidin SHOULD HAVE bin out drinkin’

he might still be alive

I am still waiting on the answer to .............

May 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

GT has attended only two major bowls since the mid 1950s?? They LOST in the 1967 Orange Bowl to Florida and they lost in the 09 Orange Bowl to slow, Iowa farm boys.

No, the Citrus Bowl where GT won the 1990 NC title, depending on what region of the USA you lived in and what paper that you read) was not close to being called a major bowl way back then. Low level mid major it was then in 90. Low level.

So ………………… how many MAJOR bowl trips over say 55+ years??? It is three or four COUNTING THE Citrus?? Sad ………….. look it up. Cotton, Rose and Sugar and Orange are majors with Fiesta only lately and Cap One.

UGA? Maybe 20 – 25 ………. Orange, Cotton, Sugar and the Cap One, lately.

UGA is fourth all time in BOWL WINS behind Bama and the REAL USC and PN State. Not bad company. FLorida??? No way, Ray!!

Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs