January 17, 2004
(Athens-AP) -- Georgia junior defensive end Robert Geathers Junior, facing the possibility of diminished playing time next fall, will enter the NFL draft this year.
Robert Geathers Senior said today that his son filed paperwork before Thursday's deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft, despite saying on Monday that he would return for his senior season.
Geathers started every game last season, but could have faced a battle to retain his starting job opposite David Pollack, who chose to return for his senior season. Geathers Senior says coaches talked to his son about the possibility of redshirting this season.
The six-foot-three, 270-pound player recorded three sacks and 33 tackles last season. He could become the third member of his family to play in the NFL. His father played defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills.
His uncle Jumpy Geathers was a pass-rushing specialist with the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos.
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