Notebook: Bulldogs’ Kwame Geathers says don’t count him gone just yet

ATHENS – Because most of his brothers, uncles and cousins left college early to play pro football, most assume Georgia’s Kwame Geathers will follow a similar path.

Not necessarily, Geathers said Friday.

“It’s not right to assume at all,” said Geathers, a 6-foot-6, 355-pound junior from Georgetown, S.C. “They let me make my own decisions, so it’s up to me. Sometimes I feel like, ‘all right, break the tradition.’ They were all in college for three years. I’ve been here for four years already, so I feel like I’m already breaking it a little bit.”

The Bulldogs would definitely appreciate Geathers sticking around. They’re already going to lose John Jenkins and Abry Jones off the line. Junior linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree are expected to turn pro and a total of nine senior starters will be graduating off Georgia’s defense.

That will certainly leave a leadership void for next season.

I’d like to have that leadership role, to be a guy for the younger guys to look up to. . . . I’d love to have that role.

Meanwhile, Geathers is an extremely productive and versatile defensive lineman. In the second half of the season, he hardly came off the field as he rotated snaps between noseguard and defensive end. He had six tackles in the SEC Championship game against Alabama and finished the regular season with 58, plus eight quarterback pressures, a sack and 15 tackles for loss.

Geathers said he has consulted with his brothers, current NFL players Clifton and Robert Geathers, who advised him to fill out the evaluation paperwork for the NFL’s draft advisory process.

“I’m not sure what’s going to be on it, really,” Geathers said. “When I get it back I’ll see what’s on it and then we’ll go from there.”

Jarvis Jones not ready to declare

Meanwhile, it’s a foregone conclusion that junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will be among the first few players chosen in the 2013 draft. But Jones wasn’t ready to make any declarations on Friday.

“Man, that’s a big question,” he said when asked directly if he was ready to declare. “I try not to think about it, but it’s coming. I haven’t even talked to Coach (Todd) Grantham about it or none of my people about it, so I’m not giving any answers yet.”

On Friday, Jones was named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). That makes him a consensus first-team All-American for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, last week he was on a whirlwind U.S. tour attending banquets for national awards for which he was a finalist, including the Lombardi, Butkus, Bednarik and Nagurski trophies. But he contends there is still much he wants to do in Athens.

“I want to graduate,” said Jones, who couldn’t do that until next summer. “I’d have to come back another year to do that. I want to continue to play football here. At the same time, I want to go to the next level. So I’m just weighing my options, you know, and see how that works out. I haven’t made a decision yet.”

Etc. . . .

Junior right guard Chris Burnette was inadvertently left off Georgia’s list of football players who walked in graduation ceremonies on Friday. . . . Georgia practiced for 90 minutes in shorts and shoulder pads Friday. It was the third of 15 practices before the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl against Nebraska. “The guys had very good energy and got after each other a little bit,” Richt said. “It got heated up a little bit and that energized the day. Afterward, we ran them hard and they all ran their times. It was a pretty good day.”

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Alex S

December 14th, 2012
4:49 pm

Alex S

December 14th, 2012
4:54 pm

Not quiiiiite time to panic yet. Still got a chance if some of our key players sticking around. And if they don’t, the upcoming talent pool is stacked. By the time the playoffs roll around in 2 years…we’ll be sitting pretty.

And hey, next year, at least we won’t be bothered by all the “weak schedule” talk. First game @ Clemson, South Carolina and LSU in Athens, Florida is decent again. We’ve got a tougher road than Bama (who does not have to play UGA, SC, or UF).

CoonDawg

December 14th, 2012
4:56 pm

Stick around KG – move up to 1st round draft next year.

Dawg Talk

December 14th, 2012
5:02 pm

C U next year in Athens!

Tuck Fech

December 14th, 2012
5:13 pm

He’s as good as gone. Seriously, guys. If you were in his exact position, what would you do?

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 14th, 2012
5:14 pm

“Instead of giving Georgia credit for actually beating Florida and going 11-1 in the regular season, I’m going to pout about how they didn’t play anybody. Now excuse me, while I hit up other internet boards and whine about how much I hate Georgia to the world. I’m going to go suck my thumb and scream how it’s not fair Georgia didn’t play LSU and how the SEC office purposely did this to get Georgia into the game.

- South Carolina and Florida fans

“My team is horrible and lost to Georgia by more than they had in 10 years. So I’m going to say Georgia sucks and can’t win the big games because they lost to the team that’s about to win the national championship.”

-Tech fans

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 14th, 2012
5:17 pm

You know why fans complain about Georgia’s schedule? Because they have nothing to do but hate. What they fail to mention is that UGA won big against most of those creampuffs. They didn’t squeak by the majority of them and claim to be a great team. They beat Ole Miss by 27 and Vandy by 45 (both bowl teams) and while Tech and Auburn are worse than usual, they creamed them as well despite pulling starters well before the conclusion of the game. Does Georgia have to beat those teams 50-0 in order for it to be an impressive win? Some people are too stupid to insult.

Yesterday...

December 14th, 2012
5:19 pm

…it was said that Big John Jenkins sat out practice with a concussion – is that new, was it left over from the AL game, or did he fall off his scooter?

ARdawg

December 14th, 2012
5:55 pm

There is a mountain of unfinished business left for these guys. Maybe some will choose to stick around another year

DP

December 14th, 2012
6:01 pm

“Meanwhile, it’s a foregone conclusion that junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will be among the first few players chosen in the 2013 draft.”

I recently saw a mock draft at either SI.com or ESPN.com that had him going in the last 3 or 4 picks of the first round and saw a listing of the top 200 players by a former NFL scout that had him in the mid 40’s.

hmmmmm...........

December 14th, 2012
6:10 pm

I hope they all come back but i doubt they will. Kiper at one point had Jarvis Jones has his number one player. That injury he had a SoCal could raise a flag and he may drop.

Game Changer

December 14th, 2012
6:26 pm

Kwame Geathers is rated higher than J Jenkins on most boards. KG also outplayed all the other UGA defensive lineman.

Game Changer

December 14th, 2012
6:28 pm

Several UGA PLAYERS are questionable about bowl elgibility.

BigDawg

December 14th, 2012
6:35 pm

Wished they would all come back, but not a chance. The big targets in recruiting should note this and come join us in Athens, the classic city!

jalex49

December 14th, 2012
6:36 pm

It would be nice to see all the juniors come back. Regardless of their decision I wish all of them to include the senior class the very best in whatever they do and to thank them for their cotributions to Georgia and it’s football program.

I hope the in-coming class will be committed to development of Georgia as it continues to move forward and hopefully a SEC Championship and possible contending for a National Championship title.

I’m very proud of the battle they gave Alabama and although the outcome we desired was not obtained the Georgia team earned a lot of respect through-out the football nation, especially with Alabama. My family members reside in BAMA and are die-hard fans, but conceded they were really worried about the outcome of the game.

I hope the recruits who are considering Georgia will commit to Georgia as they are very much needed and could have a stellar impact on the team and it’s game.

Once again to Jarvis Jones, Kwame Geathers, Alexander Ogletree and others, we are anxiously awaiting your decisions and again best of luck, whatever it may be.

Thanks for a great season and GO DAWGS!

BigDawg

December 14th, 2012
6:36 pm

Our offense will be awesome and CTG is a DGD! Great coach who will prep you for Sundays! Saban will go somewhere else or pull your scholarship or declare you medically ineligible!!

Columbus

December 14th, 2012
6:36 pm

Appreciate all the contributions from all the guys. It would be great if a couple or even all juniors came back and led the Dawgs back to the SEC Championship game again next year….and won it. Its not as attractive now for rookies in the NFL moneywise as it was just a couple years ago due to the payscale so some might come back to improve their draft status and some might come back because they can only play in college once in a lifetime and some might come back because they love UGA and some might come back to BEAT BAMA AND WIN THE SEC IN 2013….! HEART CANNOT BE OVERLOOKED AND CAN MEAN MORE THAN MONEY TO MANY A MAN…

TIME WILL TELL

Columbus

December 14th, 2012
6:39 pm

Grantham will have more of his style players in his system next year so things should really start to come together on D the next couple years….woud still be great if some leaders and great players took advantageof the opportunity of playing as SENIORS….

WDE

December 14th, 2012
6:42 pm

Any of the juniors that project going in the first round should go…money is too good however 2nd and lower I’d love to see them come back but best of luck to all of them either way DGD;s

kingdaddy

December 14th, 2012
6:59 pm

KG
You sir, is what being a DGD, is all about…

Mike Lewis in Gray, GA

December 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

To Mr. Geathers….first, congratulations on your recent honors…second, thank you for your contributions to UGA football..it is sincerely appreciated….lastly, as a father of two US Navy boys, I would like to recommend you stay for one more year and get your degree as it is the most important reason you attended college (football was your vehicle, the degree is your goal). If this helps you in your future as an NFL player or not, so be it. You appear to have a very good chance in the NFL regardless. A degree is a difficult goal to achieve, yet another honor within your reach. Good luck my man!

delane

December 14th, 2012
7:21 pm

I think if Kwame learns from his older brother, he will stay in school. Clifton left South Carolina early and he is 2 years in the NFL. Clifton has 4 career tackle. The NFL is a hard business to stay in. He signed with Clevland, was cut. Picked up by Miami and waived. Picked up by Seattle and cut….Dallas and cut. Now he is in Indianapolis.

WestOfAthens

December 14th, 2012
8:17 pm

Offense will be loaded next year, now, if one of these first rounders, just one, stood up and finished the goal. UGA Defense has an automatic leader. That would be special.

Finish what is evolving. Almost there..
HBTD

bamadawg

December 14th, 2012
8:26 pm

Mike Lewis, Thank you’re sons for their service. I served in the Navy so good luck to my shipmates!!

Gamechanger is clueless

December 14th, 2012
8:44 pm

Gamechanger, Seriously dud, you said before the season started that Jenkins would be academically ineligible and UGA would face major sanctions if he played. Give it rest , you are clueless as to what goes on inside the program.And which boards is Kwame rated higher?

JB

December 14th, 2012
8:49 pm

If it comes back that he’s a second rounder and it’s 4-6 mil guaranteed for 4 years and he can’t by a burger now……bye bye Athens. If he drops to 5th or 6th round projection, he’ll come back.

davidinloganville

December 14th, 2012
8:54 pm

delane

December 14th, 2012
7:21 pm

I think if Kwame learns from his older brother, he will stay in school. Clifton left South Carolina early and he is 2 years in the NFL.

KG was smart enough to learn from his older brother Robert and come to Georgia, after 3 years at Georgia Robert has been a starter on the Cincinnati Bengals. I guess Clifton should have come to Georgia so he would have been ready for the NFL…

Neutral

December 14th, 2012
8:55 pm

Can Hutson Mason take a few snaps in the bowl game and not lose a year of eligibility since it is in 2013?

Santa

December 14th, 2012
9:01 pm

Just got a call from Nick Saban, He’s told Kwame, Ogletree and Jarvis to stay at UGA so that’s what they will do.

RED DOG 77

December 14th, 2012
9:32 pm

JB…………Wasn’t it you grousing about how pitiful “my” BULLDOGS were a few months ago?Something about Richt and Bobo not being able to coach?…………..Suck-it-up JB, if you really indeed love the University of Georgia BULLDOGS…………Sometimes you have to just grit your teeth during “down times”………….knowing the “good times” are yet to come………..you should know full well college football is a game of cycles……………Regards, RED

tenn.DAWG

December 14th, 2012
10:18 pm

Proud of KG,came in out of shape and has given his all for UGA since,DGD.

GA Girl

December 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

Rumor has it several uga playas not going to class and will be ineligible for the bowl game. Any truth to this rumor??

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Stay if you need your degree leave if you don’t…….of course you need a degree so stay.

don't forget

December 14th, 2012
11:07 pm

And you don't forget

December 14th, 2012
11:30 pm

44-11…. Since apparently we are only going to look at a team at their worst to guage an entire season.

13 fans

December 15th, 2012
6:56 am

What is news about a UGA player not going to class?

gomdawg

December 15th, 2012
7:31 am

EVERY PLAYER COME BACK AND LET’S TAKE THE SEC AND BCS CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT YEAR
WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOULD THAT BE SOMETHING. I KNOW I’M DREAMING BUT IF THEY ALL STAYED
WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mgdawg

December 15th, 2012
7:55 am

Why would Geathers go pro? What has he done to merit a high draft pick? I couldn’t picture him going in the first three rounds. Nothing against the guy, but he’s been playing behind a better player. If he gets a chance to start and have more playing time, who knows. Truthfully, I haven’t been that impressed with jon Jenkins. I can really only see him as a 2-3 round pick, and that is mostly because of his size.

Just Saying

December 15th, 2012
8:47 am

@Neutral 8:55 last night

Great question…..does anyone know the answer?

McDawg

December 15th, 2012
8:59 am

need to make sure Garrisson Smith is coming back

UGA man class of 71& 73

December 15th, 2012
9:14 am

The UGA entire D line has been vastly over rated. Yes, late season injuries hit us there and Alabama KNEW they would wear UGA down and they did.
I sure hope CTG can develop a quality D this coming year. So far, UGA has been better in some parts of the D than under CWM, but NOT what was expected or advertised.

UGA will be smaller on D in 2013 and we will lack depth. UGA in 2013, is going to really struggle on D.

Go Gogs

Rooty Tooty

December 15th, 2012
9:32 am

Don’t fool yourself, he be gone

JB

December 15th, 2012
9:45 am

Agree about our D being overrated. Everyone they played this year ran on them. Bama just ran right up the gut and won the game with 350 yards. Seems like to much focus put on getting to QB and not fundamental basic solid defensive play.

Dawg Tired

December 15th, 2012
9:59 am

Does anyone else get just a touch aggravated when hearing these players talking about how they want to graduate, stay around and be a team leader, etc. when they have already decided to hit the road?

Lakedawg

December 15th, 2012
10:06 am

With exception of Garrison Smith the interior DLine was extremely slow this year, could not get off blocks and pursue. Line will be smaller next year, but much quicker.

With no backups this year, disagree with earlier comments about depth. Think if we get the 2 Juco’s much better depth next year.

NCDawg

December 15th, 2012
10:07 am

The biggest problem I have noticed with the D-line is that Geathers and Jenkins are not particularly quick and our lack of depth along the line puts them in a position where they have to play alot of snaps and they get worn down. I think they try to pace themselves and the effort isn’t always 100% because of that a well. We would do better to have a smaller NG that is quick and can get penetration. A couple 310-20 lbs guys who are strong and quick would fit the scheme better than massive guys that get in the way of the LB’s. That is what I see… yeah they take up a couple of blockers but they get used as shield as well. I think that is what Saban meant when he compared Jenkins to Mt.Cody. He knew the issues that they had to work around with him and game planned it to take advantage of that. I noticed it early in the year and then against Southern and Tech too. They are used like shields and big back or quick backs get by them and force the MLB’s to guess which gap they are going into. By that time the runner has a head of steam and 2 or 3 yards already. Good backs get another couple just because of that drive and if they have moves they can force arm tackles.
We need some beef on our MLB’s along with a run stuffing mentality. A smaller quicker NG that gets penetration and forces the linemen to block them going backward is what we need. Along with a hoss at DE to make them give openings for the LB’s.

IndyDawg

December 15th, 2012
10:09 am

would Hutson Mason burn his redshirt year by playing on Jan 1, 2013?

zbulldawg

December 15th, 2012
10:16 am

It’s nice to hear a player speak of finishing their education in the same sentence as the NFL. There is awards left out there for both of them to win. Jones could break all kind of college records for a LB. Geathers could do the same. I hope it doesn’t come down to just the dollar !! But you gotta do what you gotta do in this life. One things for sure you can’t set or break any college records in the NFL. I admire their devotion to UGA. LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

NCDawg

December 15th, 2012
10:18 am

Look at film and see if you don’t see a LB getting trapped on the far side of a double team because the blockers give way and force Jenkins to one side after the play is under way. The back picks the hole and if the LB guessed wrong he is forced to make a tackle from behind instead of meeting them head on. Jenkins and Geathers don’t force the issue… they just take on the blockers and I’m sorry they are quick enough to escape 2 blockers that are pretty big and strong themselves. They get stood up and they rarely get penetration. If they forced the issue by beating the O linemen to the gap it would disrupt the play but instead they just become a 3 person blockade in the middle of the line. Maybe Garner needs to teach the NG technique better…

NCDawg

December 15th, 2012
10:32 am

I’m not counting the Dawgs out next year. Our offense will be loaded..even if Murray doesn’t come back. If the D can be just good enough to not turn every game into a shoot out it could be interesting. This offense could be the best we have ever had. The line will be better, we have Gurshall, and we have good receivers. That offense might be enough to offset the defense.
Sure the schedule might be tougher but if that offense is as good as I think it can be… it could be really interesting. The key will be getting past SC. If we can get past them we have a couple of weeks to get better before LSU. We have an off week before UF again as well.
No I’m not discounting Clemson but SC is mucher tougher. We will have a whole off season to prepare for Clemson.