Dawgs fourth in NFL players

ATHENS - It isn’t new news that Georgia churns out NFL players.

Just how many can be seen at the start of each season when the league releases its count of where players on opening weekend rosters hail from.

Georgia produced the fourth most with 34 former Bulldogs in the NFL. That trailed only LSU’s 38, Southern California’s 37 and Alabama’s 36. Florida and Florida State were right behind Georgia with 33.

Once again, Georgia is defensive end U with a league-leading seven players at that position.

“Every guy that gets recruited out of high school, they have that dream to go to the league,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “For some guys, if you keep voicing that, it’s definitely going to have an attraction.”

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Georgia players heard piped in noise to simulate Williams-Brice Stadium Wednesday at practice. “We were doing as much as we could as loud as we could with the equipment we have,” Richt said. “It’s nothing like going to our stadium and doing it. I don’t think we’ll go there (Thursday), but who knows, we might change our minds.”  Offensive tackle John Theus enjoyed hearing the music from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which he “loves because I came out to that in high school.” Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins isn’t fazed by “Sandstorm.” He said: “It doesn’t bother me as much as Rocky Top does.”

Cornerback Shattle Fenteng, a junior college transfer, continues to be bothered by a shoulder injury. Richt wasn’t sure if he is making the trip to Columbia. Nose guard Chris Mayes, who didn’t play in the opener, is on the travel squad this week, Richt said. …Richt on whether Todd Gurley will return kicks all season: “I don’t know. If he stays that productive, it would be hard not to keep him back there. But if he’s that productive and you keep him back there, a lot of people may choose not to kick it to him so you may get good field position because of the strategy of not kicking it deep.”

SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s two-hour traveling pregame show, will be on site in Athens on Sept. 27 for the game against Tennessee, setting up on the Myers Quad. That means former Florida Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be in town, along with Joe Tessitore, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum and Kaylee Hartrung.

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