ATHENS -- A.J. Green knows that Georgia’s regular-season finale, a week from Saturday against Georgia Tech, could be his final game at Sanford Stadium.
But if it is, the star receiver isn’t saying it.
“Not yet. I haven’t even made that decision yet,” Green said of whether he would enter the NFL draft.
He added that such a decision will not come until after a bowl if Georgia plays in one.
Green is projected as a high first-round pick if he leaves and perhaps the first receiver taken. But there’s also the prospect of an NFL lockout.
“That’s really gonna play a big part in my decision,” Green said. “Because if they’re talking about a lockout, there’s really no point in me leaving.”
In the past, Green has also said he felt like he owes Georgia fans after missing the first four games of this season. On his radio show Monday night, head coach Mark Richt said he felt it would be “a blessing” both to the program and Green if he were to play his senior season.
Green said it was his dream to play in the NFL -- but it’s also his dream to get a college degree. He said he’s 20 hours away from doing that and on track to graduate next December.
Still, he acknowledged that it was “always a possibility” that his final game at Georgia could be soon.
“I mean I would love to come back,” he said. “There’s so many things you have to deal with if you come back, getting hurt and all that. You’ve gotta put that all in perspective. And you’ve gotta do what’s best for you.”
@BR Body Subhed:Boykin also non-committal
Another player who may consider going pro is junior Brandon Boykin. The cornerback and kick returner echoed Green’s line about not thinking about the decision.
“I got that question about a week or two ago, and I told them I’m playing for the University of Georgia right now, I’m definitely not thinking about that,” Boykin said. “I will be a Georgia Bulldog until otherwise.”
Green said he hadn’t spoken to former offensive teammates Knowshon Moreno or Matt Stafford, who each elected to leave early. Boykin said he has talked to former defensive backs Asher Allen and Reshad Jones, but not about going pro.
“Everybody’s situation is different,” Boykin said. “When that time comes, it’ll be my decision, not based off of anybody else’s past experiences. As far as I’m concerned right now, it’s definitely still playing for the University of Georgia.”
@BR Body Subhed:Houston a Nagurski finalist
Justin Houston’s breakout season has landed him among the elite in college football. The Georgia linebacker is one of five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy, bestowed annually on the nation’s top defensive player.
The other finalists are all SEC or ACC players: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Houston, another junior thinking about the pro jump, leads the SEC with 10 sacks.
“He’s been a force no doubt,” Richt said. “He plays every down. He doesn’t see himself as just a rush guy. He plays the run well, he plays the pass well. ... He’s just been a very solid player. He’s been a leader.”
@BR Body Subhed:Murray update
Richt said quarterback Aaron Murray was “truly day-to-day” with a bruised sternum and knee. It appeared that Georgia would hold Murray out of Thursday’s practice as a precaution.
Murray was seen walking around the Butts-Mehre Building with teammates and did not appear to be limping.
“I’m very hopeful that by Monday he’ll be able to do something and hopefully everything by then,” Richt said. “It’s one thing to be able to drop back and throw the ball and another thing to be able to play a real live football game. We’ve tried all year long not to get him hit in practice so that will be the goal next week, too.”