December 18, 2011

Thinking it over?

John Jenkins admits he's curious to hear what the NFL advisory board has to say.

That's why the junior nose tackle said Sunday he's turned his name into the panel, made up of NFL scouting experts, which gauges draft-eligible players before giving them a grade and an idea of where they might fall in the April NFL Draft.

It's a process Jenkins concedes he'll pay close attention to.

"That's a process that everybody wants to do go through. I don't know," Jenkins told UGASports. "I know I'm coming back, but who knows what happens?"

Jenkins said he will go home to Connecticut after the Outback Bowl against 12th-ranked Michigan State to discuss the results of the evaluation with his family.

"If I don't hear anything good back (from the advisory board) I just want to let them know that next year, look out. If things come back good, who knows?" Jenkins said. "I'm just going to keep it to God and pray like I've been doing, don't change anything up. He's been setting me on the right path from day one to right now as I sit right here in front of you. I'm just taking it day-by-day. I just want to accomplish today because tomorrow is never promised."

The deadline for underclassmen applying for the NFL Draft is Jan. 15.

Even if Jenkins decides to leave Athens after just one season, the Bulldogs can take solace in that at least one of their 350-pound nose tackles will be back next season.

Redshirt sophomore Kwame Geathers told UGASports that he will "absolutely" return to Georgia for another season.

He has not and will turn in his papers to the NFL Advisory Board.

"I just think another year here will be a great benefit to me," Geathers said. "Leaving early has not even crossed my mind."

Geathers is following the same route as linebacker Jarvis Jones, who remains adamant that he will definitely come back to Georgia for his senior year.

"It's not even a consideration, none at all," said Jones, who like Geathers has not submitted his papers to the board.

Others, however, have.

That list includes tight end Orson Charles and safety Bacarri Rambo, two Bulldogs many figure offer the best chance of leaving, along with others like quarterback Aaron Murray, who won't leave but want to see where they stand in the eyes of NFL evaluators.

While Rambo has said he's "50-50" on leaving, draft-eligible defensive backs Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams sounded quite the opposite.

Williams said Sunday he's not yet submitted his papers to the advisory board and wasn't sure if he would. Commings said he has.

"It's just good to see where you stand as far as getting to the next level," Commings said. "The grade, it the first thing you look at, but I really want to get my degree, and I get it in May and I'd like to be here next semester to do that."

Commings said there would probably come a time between the end of the bowl and the Jan. 15 deadline when all the draft-eligible underclassmen would get together to discuss the future.

"If everybody does come back, I think we'll be right back in Atlanta playing for the SEC Championship," Commings said. "I'm sure that's something we'll all think about."

Another draft-eligible Bulldog, junior outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, was not immediately available for comment.

NOTES: Starting guard Chris Burnette missed his seconds straight day of practice while recovering from what offensive line coach Will Friend said Saturday was a "bug." Dallas Lee (leg) also remained out, leaving freshman Watts Dantzler to practice with the first unit at right guard for the second consecutive day. … Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (ankle) and Mike Gilliard (ankle) missed their fourth straight practice to rehab their respective injuries. … Ken Malcome and Isaiah Crowell continue to work 1-2 in the pecking order at tailback. … Georgia held a two-hour practice in full pads Sunday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Outback Bowl against Michigan State. … The Bulldogs will practice again Monday and Tuesday in Athens before they disperse for Christmas. Player and coaches will reconvene in Tampa on Dec. 26 leading up to the Jan. 2 contest against the Spartans. "It was another good day," said head coach Mark Richt. "We had great weather. Guys were competing well, and I thought we got a lot done. We got some good scout team work in, and we are starting to get the game plan in. We're getting there little by little."