ATHENS — Davin Bellamy talked about sending Georgia’s seniors out on a high note this week, in their final home game. Of course, Bellamy is a fourth-year junior, so he might have his own choice to make soon about his future.
But Bellamy, an outside linebacker who leads the Bulldogs with 7.5 tackles-for-loss, doesn’t want to address that yet.
“I feel like that decision is a personal decision, and it’ll be very selfish of me to change my train of thought to that right now, with football still going on,” Bellamy said. “So I’m really not thinking about that right now.”
That was the same approach taken by two other draft-eligible juniors on Georgia’s defense: They didn’t want to talk much about it, but they didn’t categorically rule it out either.
Dominick Sanders, a three-year starter at safety, has 11 career interceptions.
“I’m just focused on beating Georgia Tech, and what I’ve got to do to be prepared mentally and physically to win the game,” Sanders said. “I’m not worried about that, my main focus is on finishing the season. Our next game (after that) is going to be the bowl game, and I’m just not worried about that right now.”
So you’re coming back for your senior year?
“I’m just not worried about that right now,” Sanders said, then smiled and laughed along with the media.
This time of year that’s kind of the dance that draft-eligible pro prospects engage in. Few rule the draft out, and even fewer declare with games still to be played.
“I’m focusing on winning this game, first and foremost,” said Lorenzo Carter, the other starting outside linebacker. “Then after that we’ve got the bowl game. So I really haven’t thought about it that much. I’m still focused on Georgia football.”
Carter leads the team with four sacks this year, and was a five-star recruit coming out of high school three years ago. He indicated he would start thinking about his decision after the Georgia Tech game.
“But it’s no rush,” Carter added. “I’m still just focused on winning games and make sure we put ourselves in a position to get a bowl game and get a win.”