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December 14, 2012
It would seem a forgone conclusion that junior Jarvis Jones will leave Georgia a year early to apply for the NFL Draft.
That may be so, but at least for right now, Jones isn't ready to make that call.
"Man, a big question. I'm trying not to think about it, but it's coming," Jones said Friday. "I haven't even talked to Coach (Todd) Grantham about it and I haven't talked to my people about it. I don't have any answers right now."
Juniors have until Jan. 15 to announce their intentions to apply early for the NFL Draft.
Jones admits he's got a difficult decision to make.
"Absolutely," Jones said. "There are a lot of things I want to do. I want to graduate and I've got to come back another year to do that. I want to continue to play football but at the same time I want to go to the next level so I'll just weigh my options. I haven't made a decision yet."
Jones, who added another honor Friday when he was named to the College Football Writer's Association All-American Team, has been a busy man since Georgia's loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship.
The former Carver standout spent his time jetting around the country for the various post-season award banquets, including Orlando, Fla., Charlotte, N.C. and Houston, Tex.
"It was fun, but the best place was Orlando because it was warm, so I'm going to enjoy it when we go down there," Jones said. "I don't like the cold."
"What people don't realize the time we spent together, it wasn't even about football," Jones said. "We talked a little bit, but we just enjoyed each other's company, having fun and just enjoying the moment."
Geathers still unsure
Like Jones, redshirt junior Kwame Geathers still hasn't made up his mind whether or not to enter the NFL Draft.
"I'm VERY undecided right now," Geathers said. "I'm just going to wait until after the bowl game and then make my decision."
As you might expect, Geathers has had plenty of individuals in his ear.
Brothers Robert (Georgia) and Clifton (South Carolina) Geathers both left school early for the NFL, as did his uncle Jumpy.
But Kwame Geathers insists the decision is his and his alone to make.
"They not trying to make it for me," he said. "They tell me it's my life and I'm the one who will have to live with any decision I make."
Geathers, who did send his name into the NFL's advisory board, said he will see what it has to say but would not necessarily base his choice on the report.
"I'm one of those guys who doesn't listen to that kind of stuff," Geathers said. "It could go either way."
Rankin gets first taste of college life
Early enrollee Ryne Rankin attended practice Friday before taking part in his first collegiate workout Saturday.
The middle linebacker from Orlando is the only early enrollee planning to work out with the Bulldogs before they leave for the Capital One Bowl on Dec. 26.
"Ryne did not practice today because he had to go through the physical examination and that stuff, but he'll be able to practice (Saturday) and get his first taste of that," Richt said. "Not a lot of mid-year guys are going to do that anymore, because if you take in practice you can't participate in a lot of these all-star games that they get to do."
Rankin was selected to take part in the Semper Fidelis Bowl but chose to work out with the Bulldogs instead.
"He's a very physical guy, a very tough, hard-nosed stout, sturdily-built guy who likes contact," Richt said. "He's a good kid."
This and that
Richt declined to comment on when nose tackle John Jenkins suffered his concussion after the senior missed his third straight day of practice Friday. ? Georgia practiced for 90-minutes Friday as the Bulldogs continued their preparations for the Capital One Bowl game against No. 21 Nebraska. "We had a really good practice today," Richt said. "It was a shortened practice with no kicking, and the guys had very good energy and got after each other a little bit. 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." The Bulldogs will have seven more practices in Athens before taking off for Christmas and reconvening Dec. 26 in Orlando for the final preparations. ? Nine Bulldogs, including two former players, received their diploma's during Friday's graduation ceremony. They include Chris Burnette, Sanders Commings, Bacarri Rambo, Christian Robinson, Cornelius Washington, Ty Frix and Luis Capella participated in the fall commencement in Stegeman Coliseum while the Bulldogs were practicing. Also graduating on Friday were former players Terrence Edwards and Jonathan Owens.