Posted: 10:40 am Monday, May 12th, 2014
By Chip Towers
(Updated: Left Blake Sailors off list of free agents) …
MONDAY MORNING REWIND
1. The NFL Draft was completed on Saturday without the Georgia Bulldogs making a significant impact on it. Only two Bulldogs were drafted and both went in the middle of the fifth round.
Quarterback Aaron Murray went to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 163rd pick overall and tight end Arthur Lynch was chosen by Miami eight slots earlier.
It was the first time since 2000 Georgia had that few. UGA had eight in 2013 and seven in 2012.
The situation Murray inherited in Kansas City is an interesting one. Alex Smith is solid as the starter but Murray will be competing with a pair of SEC brethren for a roster spot. Missouri’s Chase Daniel reportedly is the top backup and Tennessee’s Tyler Bray is next. Murray, who is less than six months removed from ACL reconstruction, will need to be impressive to earn a spot on the roster.
2. While there were only two players drafted, six other Bulldogs have signed with teams as free agents, eight if you include former Bulldogs. Players from last year’s Georgia team who will get an NFL try include OL Chris Burnette (Bucs), OL Kenarious Gates (Bucs), OL Dallas Lee (Falcons), DB/WR Blake Sailors (Redskins), DL Garrison Smith (Dophins) and WR Rantavious Wooten (Dolphins). Alabama State tailback Isaiah Crowell (Browns) and DB Jordan Love (Patriots) also will get tryouts.
3. Georgia’s softball team continued its late-season hot streak when it defeated Kentucky 5-2 to claim its first SEC Tournament championship in school history. The victory was the sixth straight over a Top 16 team for the Bulldogs (45-12).
As a result, Georgia was awarded a No. 4 national seed and will host an NCAA Regional Friday through Sunday. The Bulldogs open against UAB, with N.C. State and Chattanooga on the other side of the bracket.
4. It’s going to come down to the wire for Georgia’s baseball team as far as the postseason is concerned. The Bulldogs remain in 12th in the SEC with 12 teams earning spots in the SEC tournament. Kentucky comes to town for the final three-game series that begins Thursday.
Georgia came very close to taking two of three from No. 11 Ole Miss in Oxford this past weekend. Freshman Robert Tyler tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout for a 2-0 win on Saturday, setting up a rubber game on Sunday. The Bulldogs again produced great pitching against the SEC’s best offensive team but finally fell 2-1 loss in 11 innings on Sunday.
5. Georgia’s men’s and women’s tennis teams took care of business as expected this past weekend in the NCAA tournament. Each easily won their first- and second-round matches to advance to this week’s NCAA Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.The No. 1-seeded Lady Bulldogs beat No. 24 FSU 4-0 and will play next on Thursday. The 10th-seeded men’s team defeated 26th-ranked NC State 4-1 and play on Friday.