Ten football players among 27 athletes graduating from UGA

ATHENS — I’ll be writing more about this later but I figured I’d go ahead and share the information with you.

Twenty-seven UGA athletes will be graduating with degrees on Friday. Among those will be 10 football players.

To me, their stories are always the best to tell. Some of them are finishing up at the end of their playing careers, like Justin Anderson, Bruce Figgins and Trinton Sturdivant; some have more time to play, like Richard Samuel; and others have been coming back to complete degrees after playing pro ball.

No matter which, they’re all happy endings and I think we all enjoy those.

Like I said, I’ll profile one or two in the next day or so. In the meantime, here are the names of UGA student-athletes getting their sheepskins this week. Congrats to all.

Football players

  • Justin Anderson, Ocilla, Ga., Housing
  • Nic Clemons, Griffin, Ga., Child and Family Development
  • Candler Cook, Atlanta,Ga., Management
  • Eric Elliot, Kennesaw, Ga., Risk Management and Insurance
  • Demetric Evans, Haynesville, La., Child and Family Development
  • Bruce Figgins, Columbus, Ga., Communication Studies
  • Ben Harden, Perry, Ga., Housing
  • Josh Sailors, Athens, Ga., Biology
  • Richard Samuel, Cartersville, Ga., Sport Management
  • Trinton Sturdivant, Wadesboro,N.C., Finance.

Baseball: Justin Earls, Lawrenceville, Ga., Sport Management; Carson Schilling, Macon, Ga., Communication Studies,

Women’s Basketball: Meredith Mitchell, Midfield, Ala., Management.

Equestrian: Amelia Rodgers, Burlington, Vt., Animal Science; Kate Stewart, Dawson, Ga.

Gymnastics: Hilary Mauro, Boston Mass., Communication Studies.

Soccer: Kelli Corless, Acworth, Ga., Exercise and Sport Science; Caroline Simpson, Atlanta, Ga., Finance.

Softball: Taylor Schlopy, West Hills, Calif., Child and Family Development; Megan Wiggins, Snellville, Ga., Sociology.

Swimming and Diving: Lexie Bryant, Duluth, Ga., Art; Lauren Cartwright, Fayetteville, Ga., Exercise and Sport Science; Chelsea Nauta, Tampa, Fla., Biology.

Track and Field: Alesha Asijie, Mesa, Ariz., Child and Family Development; Odeika Bent, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sociology and Criminal Justice; LaTroya Darrell, Smith’s Parish, Bermuda, Child and Family Development.

Volleyball: Carla Tietz, St. Charles, Ill., Child and Family Development.

190 comments Add your comment


December 14th, 2011
6:52 pm

Good job. Hire a Tech grad when you get a job.


December 14th, 2011
7:06 pm


December 14th, 2011
7:07 pm

Way to go Dawgs!!!!


December 14th, 2011
7:09 pm

Congratulations graduates. Going to school and participating in sports is no easy feat. It takes a lot of time management, and then they have to study! Much success to each of you.

Old Boy

December 14th, 2011
7:20 pm

Great work Dawgs! After the adversity that Sturdivant has endured, it is great to see him walk away with a great degree. I also am glad to see Bean graduate. I know it was hard work for him, but he did. Great news and great work all around.

LHarding Dawg

December 14th, 2011
7:22 pm

Congratulation on a great feat and good luck in the future. DGD’s.

GT Man

December 14th, 2011
7:28 pm

Glad to see an individual graduate, now if only Tech could add Housing, Communication Studies and Child and Family Developement to our curriculum, then we might could field a Football team to compete with Georgia.

John Galt

December 14th, 2011
7:37 pm

GT Man-

We are all impressed with your thoughts while trolling our blog. My company may hire a few GT men and put them in a cubicle; and we may hire a couple of UGA men and put them in sales, where they will earn 3 or 4 times the pay of the technical geeks.

He who laughs last laughs best….


December 14th, 2011
7:46 pm

Congrats to all the graduates. A degree from the University that has discovered a cure for cancer is a thing to be proud of for sure.

Hey techies how are y’all doing with that cold fusion thing? LOL LOL LOL


December 14th, 2011
8:01 pm

GT man, there are vocations outside of engineering. Glad you have the best trade school this side of the Chatahoochee.

Idiot Dawg

December 14th, 2011
8:04 pm

Come on SSI even an Idiot knows that cold fusion is physics related, not biology.

Idiot Dawg

December 14th, 2011
8:06 pm


December 14th, 2011
8:12 pm

I don’t think Child and Family Development is anything to make fun of. Are you saying there is no need for teachers, for social workers, for educators?

Congrats to ALL graduates! You worked hard and earned your success.


December 14th, 2011
8:16 pm

Leave it up to a smug classless Gator to belittle studies in which he has Zero knowledge.


December 14th, 2011
8:22 pm

Good for them. They graduated from a major university. Don’t care what they majored in, it’s still an accomplishment. All of this back and forth on the blog about schools and degrees is stupid, these young adults got their bachelor’s degree. CONGRATS to ALL of them.

Idiot Dawg

December 14th, 2011
8:22 pm

Good grief, some of the posts are disappearing!


December 14th, 2011
8:26 pm

Looks like SSI got deleted.


December 14th, 2011
8:36 pm

Good news, no doubt

Congratulations Student Athletes


December 14th, 2011
8:37 pm

What about Boykin?

Idiot Dawg

December 14th, 2011
8:38 pm

I know and SSI wasn’t even being bad.

Mr. P

December 14th, 2011
8:39 pm

Graduates from any major university should be congratulated…even from the North Atlanta Trade school.


December 14th, 2011
8:49 pm

I think these are just the December grads. Boykin might be in the spring if he is on time.


December 14th, 2011
8:50 pm

Mr P, it’s the North Ave Trade School to those who actually went there.


December 14th, 2011
8:59 pm

Pretty impressive that Samuel already has a degree. Looks like he has his priorities in line. DGD


December 14th, 2011
9:22 pm

Congratulations graduates. Going to school and participating in sports is no easy feat

Lucky for these guys they went to UGA and didn’t have to worry about it.


December 14th, 2011
9:43 pm

@GT Bob,
It is true; UGA has a wide variety of studies. That is true, also, of UVA, UNC, UF & UT, etc…The world needs all as well as the engineers Tech produces. What’s your beef…..? Your sports should still be doing better because everyone knows your graduation rate of student athletes stink……….UGA’s, however, is quite respectable.

Paul in NH

December 14th, 2011
9:48 pm

Congratulations to all of the graduates. UGA fans should be particularly proud of Sturdivant and Samuel for their commitment through injuries and position shifts.


December 14th, 2011
10:00 pm

I graduated from Oxford, Oxford MS. 3rd grade, just like Jethro Bodine, yall what me to recite my gozintas?


December 14th, 2011
10:27 pm

GT Bob, Must really suck to be a Tech fan , and be dominated in football by your most hated rival for 55 years, with no end in sight.


December 14th, 2011
10:38 pm

Congratulations to all the graduates! You are to be commended for your dedication and hard work. Good luck in the future.
It’s quite pathetic that GTBob has NO life!!


December 14th, 2011
10:42 pm

Congrats to all! DGD!!!!!


December 14th, 2011
10:53 pm

Your sports should still be doing better because everyone knows your graduation rate of student athletes stink

That’s because graduating from Tech is actually a challenge. I’m pretty sure with these guys they were just asked what major they wanted printed on their diploma when the request was sent to the mill.


December 14th, 2011
10:54 pm

kb, it hurts sometimes, but then I look at my degree and it doesn’t say housing or communication studies on it and then I feel better.


December 14th, 2011
10:54 pm


December 14th, 2011
10:58 pm

Way to show off your superior education GT Man…

“now if only Tech could add Housing, Communication Studies and Child and Family Developement to our curriculum, then we might could field a Football team to compete with Georgia.”

Besides the spelling, “might could” just threw a spotlight on your lack of intelligence. Glad you’re sporting that arrogant degree.

Gtbob likes to bob on them......

December 14th, 2011
11:02 pm

Gtbob you really have nothing better to do with your life then downgrade 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 year old kids you are a sad sad man you need a woman in your life but I really doubt any woman would have anything to do with you

Larry Ware

December 14th, 2011
11:45 pm

GT Bob….what does your degree say on it? Nerd? Socially inept? Unattractive? If you need to look at your degree as a daily affirmation of your self worth then God bless you……go back to your cubicle and complete tasks in which you do not have to have interaction with other human beings.

Have you ever kissed a girl?


December 14th, 2011
11:51 pm

Housing lol they hav a degree name housing wo I need to find thatUniversity and see what tpe of job I can ge with a housing degree. LOL


December 14th, 2011
11:59 pm

That “housing” major isn’t construction – it is how to manage federal public housing (ie. projects).


December 15th, 2011
12:02 am




December 15th, 2011
12:05 am


4.29 GPA

December 15th, 2011
12:36 am

Dawg48 October 1st, 2011 10:28 pm

“Mark it down you heard it here first! Wisconsin is going to be national champs this year!”
No idea what that is all about Dawg48. It has nothing to do with any topic on UGA Football, but Russell Wilson Wisconsin’s QB did graduate. Of course, he played 4 years including his redshirt at NC State first. Wisconsin with him lost to teams such as 6-6 Ohio State – who lost to teams such as 6-6 Miami and 6-6 Purdue. Wisconsin is # 63 Passing Offense even with importing Russell Wilson. They are # 47 in Rushing Defense and face off against Oregon, so I therefore figure they LOSE this bowl game too. # 69 in Net Punting, # 67 in Kick-Off returns, Wisconsin is no better than the TEAM I WANTED TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR, which by the way, IS NOT WISCONSIN. Wisconsin is also # 71 in sacks of opposing quarterbacks and # 54 in Sacks allowed on Russell Wilson.

Wisconsin ended up the regular season # 10 in the BCS, not # 1 by the way, Dawg48, and with its impending LOSS to Oregon who is FAVORED TO BLOW-OUT Wisconsin right after our game 3 Mondays from now, they were NEVER A CONTENDER.

What is this love affair you have with WISCONSIN



Why didn’t you root for UGA Bulldogs to win the national championship Dawg48 ?


December 15th, 2011
1:04 am

GT Bob, can you give us a number for the FB players that graduated from the Insect Institute with majors in engineering ?


December 15th, 2011
1:05 am


I’m pretty sure even housing majors are astute enough to use the caps lock correctly. Sorry about your luck.

Monroe's First Redcoat

December 15th, 2011
1:08 am

Congratulations to all of the folks graduating this semester, but especially to Trinton Sturdivant, who has gone through multiple horrific injuries, and to Lexie Bryant, who I covered when she was swimming in high school events. I had lost track of her. Good to see familiar names in print, especially for attaining their degrees. Way to go, Dawgs!!!!!


December 15th, 2011
1:09 am

KJ im on my smartphone buddy. sory abou the caps . Best of luck to them housing degree players. lol


December 15th, 2011
1:40 am

Do you also blame your smartphone for your horrible spelling/grammar? Doesn’t sound too smart to me.

HOWDY DOODY http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geo/sports/genrel/auto_headshot/5806098.jpeg

December 15th, 2011
1:51 am

Danny Birchmore – 1970-71-72-73
Carey Browder – 1971-72-73
Charles Browder – 1971-72-73
Wesley Cash – 1976-77-78-79
Gary Davis – 1976-77
Tim Delaney – 1975-76-77-78
Manuel Diaz – 1972-73-74-75
Ricky Diaz – 1975-76-77-78
David Dick – 1973-74-75-76
Charlie Ellis – 1976-77
Gil Gainer – 1975-76-78
Joe Gettys – 1974-75
Mark Harden – 1975-76-78
Lew Hege (M) – 1974
Manson Hill – 1974
Andy Homeyer – 1974-75-76-77
Brent Hughes – 1972-73-74-75
Bill Kopecky – 1971-72-73-74
Greg McGarity 1973
Jack Sisley – 1973
Gordon Smith – 1972-73-74-75
Bob Tanis – 1970-71-72-73
Carlos Ubinas – 1974
Tom von Dohlen – 1975-76-77
Elisha Williams – 1973-74

1 of 25 lettermen in men’s tennis during his tennis playing days while I also attended the University of Georgia, Dan Magill won no national championships in men’s tennis while Greg McGarity was there. And, don’t get confused now because Greg McGarity was NO Manuel (Manny) Diaz. Greg McGarity in men’s tennis is also no Matias Boeker, no Mikael Pernfors, no John Isner. By the way, tennis consists of 3 teams of doubles and 6 singles, a total of 12 players. There is no doubt with 8 National Championships in Men’s Tennis that we are great at Men’s Tennis 2nd to only Stanford, but Greg McGarity had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

The now Dan McGill Tennis Complex was built while Greg McGarity and I attended UGA, and after he graduated and while I was still there, we hosted the NCAA Men’s National Championship. For 13 years consecutively and 24 times overall, we have hosted the NCAA Men’s National Championship in Tennis.


Greg McGarity, when are you going to

EXTEND MARK RICHT’s contract ? Even Steve O. Spurrier got an EXTENSION yesterday and STILL NOTHING FROM YOU, as per ALWAYS with you



December 15th, 2011
2:21 am

I have a fan! Or a stalker?


December 15th, 2011
2:26 am

Well, I think he looks just like HOWDY DOODY. Look at his jpeg in last post and then this one of him :