December 19, 2011

An 'educated decision' for Washington

Add junior linebacker Cornelius Washington to the list of Bulldogs considering an early jump to the NFL.

"I'm going to get the evaluation back and see what it says and have a few conversations with Coach (Todd) Grantham some of the other coaches and see where I'm at," Washington said. "The one thing about it that I've been stressing with my family and myself is that I want to make an informed, educated decision and do the best thing for me. That's kind of where I'm at right now, but I haven't really decided what I'm going to do."

At 6-foot-4 and 269 pounds, Washington started five of Georgia's 11 games, collecting five sacks and notching 26 quarterback pressures.

Washington said he was actually on his way to speak with Grantham after his interview Monday afternoon.

"I really do value his opinion. He does come from the NFL and he knows what it takes for guys to make it at that level, and the group of guys that he coached was real good so I really value his opinion," Washington said. "But Coach (Olivadotti) as well. I want to talk to numerous coaches and get a lot of feedback on it so I can make an educated and informed decision."

Washington said a second-round grade "might" be enough to convince him to make the jump.

"Of course, I want to go as high as possible. But being realistic, I guess second, something like that," Washington said. "But I don't want to jump out there and end this career and not do well in the next one. I want to make sure I do the best thing for myself."

Geathers' commitment was one for the books

With top recruits everywhere narrowing down their choices to where they'll play their college ball, Georgia redshirt sophomore Kwame Geathers laughed when he recalled his big announced now going on three years ago.

"It was crazy," Geathers said, who to this day swears he did not know what school he was going to pick when he stepped on the podium to announce his decision at Carver's Bay High.

"I didn't know. That's the God-honest truth," Geathers said. "I did not know where I was going when I had that pen in my hand. All three schools were in my mind."

Geathers actually threw for the crowd for a loop when he pulled out a Central Florida cap, before picking the Bulldogs over the Knights and Tennessee.

"I finally just went with the team that was in my heart," Geathers said.

Injury update

Head coach Mark Richt said starting offensive guard Chris Burnette continues to suffer with "severe sinus issues" and still isn't able to practice.

"It's enough to where the head's pounding like it;s been pounding, it's not wise to go out there and run into each other," Richt said. "I don't think there's any concussion issue right now."


Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson and Mike Gilliard continue to rehab their injured ankles, but both are expected to play.

Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten will be able to take a regular redshirt year following his concussion caused by an automobile accident prior to the Bulldogs' game this year against Ole Miss.

Houston's status still up in the air

Richt said he still has no answer regarding offensive lineman Kolton Houston, who has not been able to play all season due to what's only been officially described as an "NCAA issue."

"It's still kind of up in the air right now," Richt said.

The Bulldog coach could not speculate if the redshirt freshman would be available for next fall.

"I hope so," he said. "It's not been ruled out one way or the other."

This and that

Richt confirmed that he will be able to back count two of this year's early enrollees to 2011, which will obviously help when it comes signing a full complement of players come National Signing Day in February. "By rule, we can sign two back in last year's class. With the early enrollees in January, as many as two can count to last year's class," Richt said. "You're always allowed to sign 25 forward, if you have room in your 85. That's what you're allowed to sign, but if we only had said 15 seniors leave, even though the rules say I can sign two back and sign 25 forward for 27, that doesn't mean that we're going to have room for that many." Keith Marshall, Mark Beard and Faton Bauta are three of the team's 16 verbal commitments who plan on enrolling early in January. … The Bulldogs worked out for about two hours in full pads on Monday, but Richt said the team is ready for its Christmas break. "I think they've about had enough," Richt said with a laugh. "They're about ready for Christmas. … As excited as the players are to be finished, I can promise you the coaches are, too. It's an exciting time of year, and I'm looking forward to going home and celebrating Christmas." During the stretching phase of Monday's practice, the Bulldogs had Christmas songs played over a loud speaker. The Bulldogs were serenaded by "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Oh, Holy Night." Tuesday's workout will be the final one in Athens before resuming practice in Tampa on the 26th. "Tuesday won't be quite as competitive," Richt said. "I thought the guys did well today. It was probably the least of the energy we've had in full pads, but it wasn't bad. You just can't have it perfect every time. I wish you could."