Georgia standout WR A.J. Green will skip his senior season and turn pro according to sources close to the football program. Green is considered the top WR in the NFL draft by many draft experts, and could be picked to go as high as #3. Right now, the Cincinnati Bengals would pick #3 if the season ended today. They are in need of a top notch WR with an aging Chad Ochocinco still on the roster and the desire to not re-sign Terrell Owens.
Green only played in 8 games this season as he was suspended for the first four games for selling his jersey from last year’s bowl game. Green caught 49 passes for 771 yards and 9 touchdowns.
This will shock no one that Green is leaving for the NFL. But head coach Mark Richt will surely miss not having #8 around as he tries to turn around a program marred with two straight disappointing seasons. While Green will be considered one of the best WRs coming out of Georgia, he did not find much team success. Georgia was ranked #1 in pre-season his freshman year, but did not even win the SEC East and ended up playing Michigan St. in the Capital Bowl. The following year was the Independence Bowl where he was offered $1,000 to sell his bowl jersey. But doing that deal cost him being suspended for four games this season, no All-American status or other awards, and the the team chances of competing in the SEC East as the Dawgs were 1-3 without him.
Green’s last game with be on Dec. 31st as the Dawgs play Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.
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Written by Bob Ballard