The middle of last week saw Georgia lose safety Reshad Jones to the NFL draft a year early. At the time, it was thought that teammate Rennie Curran would follow suit.
Five days after Jones’ official announcement, the linebacker has made his decision official. And it’s yet another hit for a Bulldogs defense that can ill afford it.
According to a press release issued through the school, Curran announced that he will forego his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the 2010 NFL draft.
“This has been a really difficult decision,” Curran said in a statement. “I love the Bulldogs and my time at Georgia has been great. But weighing all the factors over the last couple of weeks, I finally reached the decision Saturday that entering the NFL draft this year is the right decision for me at this time.”
Head coach Mark Richt said in his own statement that Curran’s play and his leadership will be “sorely missed”.
“Rennie has been a cornerstone of our defense over the last couple years and even as a freshman, made tremendous contributions,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “I think our team¹s fondness for Rennie was demonstrated by his election by his teammates as one of our permanent defensive captains for 2009. He will be sorely missed not only on the field but in the locker room and at the University. We certainly wish him the very best.”
And, as always, check out our tracker of every single draft-eligible player who has announced they will enter the NFL draft early.