Georgia Bulldogs: Clifton Geathers
January, 9, 2013
By David Ching | ESPN.com
ATHENS, Ga. -- In a family known for football standouts leaving school early, Kwame Geathers actually lasted four years at Georgia. But the redshirt junior nose guard will not be back for a fifth season.
UGA sports information director Claude Felton confirmed on Wednesday that Geathers will forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper said last month that Geathers, who split time at nose guard over the last two seasons with John Jenkins, could go as high as the second or third round in the upcoming NFL draft.
At 6-foot-6 and 355 pounds, Geathers has size that will certainly intrigue NFL talent evaluators. He also has a genetic makeup that might indicate pro football success.
Brothers Robert and Clifton are active defensive linemen in the NFL -- Robert with the Cincinnati Bengals and Clifton with the Indianapolis Colts -- after leaving Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, a season early. Cousin Jeremy Geathers also left UNLV after his junior season and has played arena football and in Canada.
Kelly Kline/Icon SMIKwame Geathers will join a long line of Geathers family members to play in the NFL.
Additionally, father Robert Sr. played six seasons in the NFL and uncle Jumpy was in the league for 13 years as a standout defensive lineman.
That wealth of family NFL experience provided a highly sufficient sounding board for Kwame Geathers as he mulled his decision, he said.
“Having my brothers and my family members to go to and ask for advice about it, it’s given me a lot of comfort,” Geathers said during bowl practice. “I’m not worrying about it, stressing about it at all because I feel like I’ve got all the resources I need.”
This season, Geathers ranked third among Georgia’s defensive linemen with 40 tackles. He added five tackles for a loss and the only sack of his career, as well.
That lack of pass-rushing production will be one hurdle Geathers must clear in the eyes of NFL scouts as he tries to prove he can be more than a two-down player. Players with his rare size and skills are almost sure to find spots on NFL rosters, but he can improve his draft stock by proving that he can do more than occupy blockers at the point of attack.
He is the third UGA defensive underclassman to declare for the draft, joining junior linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree. Kiper ranks Jones first overall and Ogletree seventh on his newest Big Board released on Wednesday.
October, 1, 2012
By David Ching | ESPN.com
Dale Zanine/US PresswireKeith Marshall and the Georgia offense are executing at a clip that is better than almost everyone in the nation.ATHENS, Ga. -- The numbers speak for Mike Bobo these days, but Georgia coach Mark Richt sang his praises following Saturday’s win against Tennessee, anyway.
After watching his Bulldogs score 51 points -- extending Georgia’s program-record string of five straight games with 40-plus points and total 560 yards against the Volunteers, Richt heaped compliments on his offensive coordinator.
“Mike has just blossomed into one heck of a coach,” Richt said of Bobo, who has been the target of plenty of fan criticism in recent seasons. “I know anybody who calls plays catches grief. I was a play-caller and I caught my share of grief, and so anybody calling plays catches grief. But I’ve always known Mike as just a heck of a ball coach. He understands the game.
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