ATHENS — With the Georgia basketball team is clearly in neeed of some help, Jay Rome hasn’t decided yet whether he can offer any.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end joined the basketball team as a forward and played in seven games last year. He remains undecided about this year.
“Both coaches are still going to allow me to do it if I choose to but I’m not really sure myself if I want to go through with it again this year,” Rome said on Tuesday. “I haven’t made a decision yet. It’s something me and my dad are going to talk about, something I’m going to pray about and talk to Coach Richt and Coach Fox about.”
After redshirting in football last season, Rome played in all 13 games this season with one start. He caught 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 19-yarder against Alabama in the SEC Championship game. In basketball, Rome averaged 0.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 2.4 minutes.
Rome, an all-state basketball player at Valdosta High, has always been outspoken about that game being his first love. But as his talent emerges in football, he knows it’s just a matter of time before he has to give it up.
“No doubt that I’ll miss it,” Rome said. “Basketball has always been my favorite sport. But sometimes when you get older you have to make decisions that are going to be the best for you and I have no doubt that football is going to be the best for me.”
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Georgia’s injury list suddenly got longer. Among the players listed on Tuesday’s report were receiver Malcolm Mitchell (groin), receiver Tavarres King (hamstring), linebacker Mike Gilliard (hamstring), , noseguard John Jenkins (concussion), receiver Rhett McGowan (wrist sprain), safety Marc Deas (knee) and fullback Richard Samuel (shoulder). . . . After two days of heavy rains, the Bulldogs practiced for two hours under clear skies Tuesday. “We had a high energy level today and we should have because we haven’t had a real practice in two days so there’s no excuse not have a good one.”