Athens is a frequent stop for NFL talent evaluators and the annual list of which schools produce the most NFL players released on Wednesday shows why.
Georgia is tied with Alabama for the fourth most players on opening weekend rosters nationally with 34. That trails only LSU’s 40, Miami’s 37 and Southern California’s 35. Next behind Georgia is Florida and Florida State with 31, Oklahoma with 30, Notre Dame with 29 and Clemson with 28.
Georiga’s contingent includes former first-round picks like A.J. Green, Matthew Stafford and Thomas Davis and Jarvis Jones and Pro Bowlers like Justin Houston and Geno Atkins.
Undrafted free agent center David Andrews started for New England.
“He’s had a lot of experience at that position,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters. “He played at Georgia, (three)-year starter--high level of competition there. And then he’s taken a lot of snaps for us this year in the spring and all the way through training camp and into the opening game.”
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Five-star quarterback commitment Jacob Eason from Lake Stevens, Wash. signed his financial aid papers with Georgia last month so Richt is permitted under NCAA rules to comment on him. He did Wednesday. “We don’t want to make too big of a deal about anybody,” he said. “We’re glad that he’s committed to Georgia. We think he’s a fine player and a really fine person and we’re looking forward to getting him here in January.” Richt declined to talk about his skill-set. “No. We wouldn’t have offered him if we didn’t think he was really good.” Eason was 14-of-14 for 294 yards and three touchdowns in a win Friday night. “I read something about that,” Richt said. “That’s good. Keep it going man. Keep it going.”
A day after Georgia running back Nick Chubb said he never saw Spurrier on his final recruiting visit to South Carolina before committing to Georgia, Spurrier said yes indeed he was out of town receiving an award in Florida. “I was out of town when he came,” Spurrier said. “Sometimes I’m in town, sometimes I’m out. Yeah, I think he visited when I was out.” Spurrier said he thought Chubb was headed to Georgia anyway.
Inside linebacker Reggie Carter didn’t practice Wednesday due to a recurring shoulder injury he has had, Richt said. “It comes and goes,” he said.…Schottenheimer said he got a call from Spurrier, his coach at Florida in the 1990s, this summer after he had seen a show on TV about his coaching father, Marty. “It will be fun to compete with him and against him on Saturday night,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s the most competitive person I think I’ve ever met. …I look forward to seeing him and then hopefully beating him.”