Saturday, August 1, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 35 Days (#35 Rennie Curran)

#35 Rennie Curran, LB
5-11, 225, Snellville GA (Brookwood HS), Jr.

Curran was a force for the Dawgs defense from the first time he stepped on the field in a game situation, but really came on strong in the latter half of the 2007 season. He'd start 5 games that year, including the big win in Jacksonville, and a 13 tackle performance against Kentucky that got him named SEC Freshman of the Week. The preseason honors came in bulk prior to Curran's sophomore season, as he was on most everyone's All-SEC team, some preseason All-American teams, and was named a Butkus Award finalist. He didn't disappoint, leading the team in tackles and making all the postseason All-SEC teams as well. Quite honestly, there were times when you could see Curran's size being a problem, in that he was taken out of plays a little too easily. It makes you wonder if opposing offensive coordinators have figured out a way to neutralize his impact. One should never doubt a player with a heart and motor like Curran, but he has alot to prove in his junior season. He comes into the season on the preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy. He is also one of the stronger players ever to play at UGA, among the top all-time in many of UGA's weight room records.

Depth Chart Analysis: Curran is absolutely indispensible for the UGA defense, and will start every game this year at Will Linebacker. He's been quoted on a number of occasions during the offseason that he is firmly thinking about the NFL, so it is entirely possible this year will be the last year we see Curran in a UGA uniform. He'll be looking to silence many doubters who have concerns about his height, so expect that to translate to great things for the UGA defense this fall.

Other famous #35s in UGA history: RB (the late) Joe Geri, RB Knox Culpepper (also wore #48), FB Des Williams

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