ATHENS — Perhaps this is another reflection on the talent level – or at least the experienced talent level – on Georgia’s football team last year.
Isaiah McKenzie, the speedy receiver and punt returner, was the lone Georgia player invited to the NFL combine later this month, according to a list the league put out.
McKenzie, a junior, declared for the draft after a season in which he led the Bulldogs in catches and receiving yards, and set the school’s career record for punt return touchdowns. He was the only Georgia underclassmen to declare for the draft, unless you count linebacker Tim Kimbrough, a senior who had one year of eligibility remaining after leaving the team last year.
Not getting a combine invite isn’t the end of a player’s NFL hopes. Two years ago Georgia center David Andrews wasn’t invited. After going undrafted, he signed with the New England Patriots, and just finished his second year as a starter, earning a Super Bowl ring.
A number of other Georgia seniors will try to go that route: Cornerback Maurice Smith and offensive linemen Greg Pyke, Tyler Catalina and Brandon Kublanow.