Saying it was the most difficult decision he's ever had to make in his life, junior linebacker Rennie Curran announced during a Sunday teleconference that he's leaving Georgia early to apply for the NFL Draft.
"I just think I'm ready to make that next step," Curran said. "I appreciate everything that everybody has done for me, my teammates, my coaches
It was the hardest decision I've ever made. There was no right or wrong answer."
Curran, who had until the NFL's Jan. 15 deadline, said he came to his final decision Saturday night.
He is the first Bulldog to have back-to-back seasons with 100+ tackles since Greg Bright in 1997. Curran had a career-high 16 stops versus No. 4 LSU and tallied 15 tackles in the road win over No. 7 Georgia Tech.
"Rennie has been nothing but awesome from the first day he got on campus. He's been a great teammate, a great student of the game and he's done whatever we've asked him to do," head coach Mark Richt said. "He's always behaved on and off the field and he's been a blessing to me personally. He always showed up with a great attitude and always was ready to be coached. Rennie always did things the Georgia way and I want to thank him for that."
Curran signed with Georgia out of Brookwood High and made a quick impact, appearing in all 11 games with five starts in 2007, tallying 53 tackles and three sacks as the Bulldogs went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl over No. 10 Hawaii.
As a sophomore in 2008, he earned All-SEC honors after starting all 13 games and finished second in the SEC with a team-best 115 tackles. His tackle total was the most by a Bulldog in 10 seasons. Also, Curran was a finalist for the Butkus Award. He received the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player Award. He helped Georgia to a Capital One Bowl victory over No. 19 Michigan State as the Bulldogs finished 10-3.
Curran has appeared in 37 games for the Bulldogs including 30 starts. In his three seasons at Georgia Curran collected 298 tackles, including an SEC-best 130 last year. He was a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik awards.
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