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Orson Charles leaving UGA for the NFL

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Thought by some to be a three-and-done player almost from the moment he stepped foot on the Georgia campus, Orson Charles made official Wednesday what has long been expected.

In an announcement this afternoon, the All-American tight end confirmed that he’s leaving the Bulldogs early in order to enter the April NFL draft.

“I want to thank God, the University of Georgia, our coaches and the fans for building me up spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally over the last three years,” said Charles in a statement.  “The fans stuck with us through a rough season last year and through our struggles this season and our coaching staff provided me with the tools necessary to make it in football and in life.  Either decision I made, I want to be able to look back at it and be happy with the choice I made and I think I will withthis decision.  It was difficult but not stressful to be in a situation where you can’t go wrong either way.”

Charles was tied for second on the team in receptions (45) in 2011 and was third in receiving yards (574), and finished his UGA career with 94 catches for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The 6-3, 241-pounder becomes the second draft-eligible tight end to leave school early since the end of the season, joining Clemson’s Dwayne Allen.

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12 Responses to “Orson Charles leaving UGA for the NFL”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 11, 2012 2:39 PM

    I’m surprised to hear that getting his degree was not one of his goals.

  2. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 3:17 PM

    He is a DGD and will be missed. UGA has a 5 star to replace him, but it will take some time for him to get experience, but he will be a good one also.

    Brutus, I think Charles got the same degree that Pryor, you know, Mr’ Tattoo got while at OSU.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    @ woebegong:
    I hope he didn’t get the same degree as Pryor. A degree in being a pompous ass will not get him far in life.

  4. gamustangdude says: Jan 11, 2012 3:41 PM

    @btutusbuckeye2011

    Where does it mention that it’s not one of his goals? He said he felt like I met the MAJORITY of all my goals, not ALL of my goals. You act like it’s foreign for Athletes to leave college early and enter the Draft, hell everyone was given Luck grief last year for wanting to stick around another year. I could play devil’s advocate and say stuff like, he may not even want a degree, or a degree does not equal instant sucess.” He’s of a different bread, he can make a couple of mil by playing in the NFL for a few years and get his degree later, most other people can’t. Whether it’s now or later why are you worried about the timeline in which he gets a degeree?

  5. florida727 says: Jan 11, 2012 3:42 PM

    Kind of refreshing to hear a guy actually tell the truth and not masquerade the fact his objective was to get to the NFL. Glad he’s realizing his dream. Best of luck, OC.

  6. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    @ woebegong and gamustangdude:
    It looks like I upset the two of you with my post. All I was doing was lamenting the fact that Charles, along with too many other players, do not finish school. There is life after the NFL and a degree may come in handy. Especially if they don’t make it in the pros due to ability or injury.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 4:00 PM

    I agree that the education should be the main focus of a college scholarship. In reality though, you know most of the athletes will most likely not get a degree. The demands of the sport, help to prevent that. You will also most likely not get the Scholars playing football, as they are few and far between. Less than 8 tenths of 1% of the players will ever make it in the NFL, but that doesn’t stop a lot of these young kids, especially those who came from lower income back grounds, from not trying to put their athletic talents on display and make it in the big leagues. Even Vanderbilt, is now doing that.
    It ius a sad reality in College sports but it prevalent through out the NCAA.

  8. gamustangdude says: Jan 11, 2012 4:10 PM

    I just think it’s horrid for people like you to say, “What about his degree” when you don’t know his plans. Maybe he’ll graduate early, maybe not. Either way, that’s his concern not yours. Why are you concerned about his degree anyways? That’s my question.

  9. Dirty D Fo says: Jan 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    I am glad he is leaving … He dropped a lot of balls.. Adios amigo.

  10. centexhorn says: Jan 11, 2012 4:49 PM

    All of these players few of us have ever heard of keep leaving for the NFL.

    Orson Charles? Who is that? I seriously have never heard his name before, and I’ve watched UGA games.

  11. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 4:55 PM

    If you have watched SEC football, he made the All SEC team this year.

  12. PowerMad says: Jan 11, 2012 8:05 PM

    Good for Orson! While it would have been nice to have him for next year’s title run, he’ll have a chance to improve his game and make millions in the NFL. So many offensive players in the past few years have gone to UGA and had their talents completely wasted by the worst offensive coordinator in the country. Orson’s college career should have been filled with highlights. Instead, it’s gotten lost in an offense that’s steadily grown in crappiness under Mike Bobo.

    Maybe this will be wake-up call for CMR, but it probably won’t be. All of us Georgia people will be forced to watch Bobo run Carlton Thomas up the middle on third and long for another year. Or, any of the other three plays he has in his “playbook.”

    Just remember UGA faithful: Defense wins championships!

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