Sunday, July 27, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 35 Days

#35 Rennie Curran, WLB
5-11, 230, Snellville GA (Brookwood HS), Soph.
Curran was a highly underrated recruit coming out of high school (Rivals ranked him the #18 player in Georgia and not even a Top 10 linebacker prospect?) He wound up starting the final 5 games of the season for the Dawgs, logging 53 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. His 13 tackles vs Kentucky in November garnered SEC Freshman of the Week honors. As good as he was last year, the funny thing was how coaches and some players made a number of comments about how on many plays he was in the wrong place, but he's so talented and has such a high motor, he'd always end up making the play in the end. His meteoric rise at the end of last season reminded me alot of the latter third of David Pollack's freshman season. Pollack carried that over to one of the better sophomore campaigns in the history of college football. It may be a little much to ask Curran to be the SEC Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-American in just his sophomore year, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's our best defensive player this season. Georgia Sports Blog did a nice piece following up Josh Kendall's interview with Curran last year. The story of Rennie's upbringing is pretty amazing. You can read about it here.
Depth Chart Analysis: Curran is the firm starter at Will Linebacker. Despite all the talk about how short he is (I didn't realize that 5-11 was considered a "runt" for a linebacker), he packed on about 15 pounds in the offseason. Given how he flies in like a missile when he's making tackles, that isn't a bad thing. Look for Rennie to have a monster sophomore season. Here's some good footage of Rennie's freshman season courtesy of johnsobasky on You Tube. My favorite play comes at the 1:35 mark when he pretty much choke slams the Auburn tailback (for those who know Gwinnett County high school football, its even cooler when you realize who the Auburn tailback is, and where he went to high school):

6 comments:

Bop said...

The little ball of hate is a STUD. He is a special player who has got to drive offensive coaches crazy when breaking down film.

Worm said...

Curran is probably my favorite player of the team. His motor just never stops and when he gets his hands on someone they usually never get out.

Bear said...

Just a quick story from Countdown to Kickoff (which I highly recommend for those with children ages 2-13.) Rennie was there late in the day signing autographs after a lot of people had gone, so I took my 4-year old son over to have him sign a pennant. Rennie was an absolute prince of gentleman and a gracious human being. I spoke with him for a couple of minutes. He was very well spoken and really was great with my kid. He showed him his Sugar Bowl ring. I told my son if he gets to be as big and fast as Mr. Curran maybe he could have a ring like that one day. Rennie laughed. I can't say enough about how well he represents the University of Georgia.

I'm with you worm, both on and off the field he is one of my favorites as well.

Bear said...

BTW he isn't anywhere near 5'11", but he will knock the $_ _ _ out of you.

Mackalicious said...

Rennie is who I think will be the biggest part of a win in Jacksonville if we show up to play prepared.

Anonymous said...

Rennie is actually more like 5'9 1/2" maybe 5'10" in shoes. that's pretty short for an SEC backer. But he's not a runt by any means... He can't even wear regular t-shirts because his arms are too big