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UGA's Davis heading to NFL

January 3, 2005

Shellman - It has not taken Georgia free safety Thomas Davis long to decide his future plans.

Two days after the Bulldogs ended their season with 24-21 Outback Bowl win over Wisconsin, the all-American from Shellman told WALB News 10 Sports that he is headed to the NFL and will skip his senior season with the Bulldogs.

Thomas Davis' decision to head to the NFL is not that big of a surprise since he said before the season started that he was leaning towards turning pro after his junior year.

Davis does have one year of eligibility remaining but has been at Georgia for four years after redshirting in his first season after signing with the Bulldogs out of Randolph-Clay High School.

Most NFL scouting experts are predicting Thomas Davis will be a first round draft pick this April and Davis said that is one of the reasons he is coming out early.

Davis though says he has not yet read the NFL's scouting service report on his draft prospects which is waiting for him when he returns to Athens after visiting with relatives in his hometown of Shellman since the Outback Bowl.

Thomas Davis will be missed in Athens where he was a favorite among Bulldog fans with his ferocious hits on opposing backs and receivers.

He has led Georgia in tackles the last two seasons and had eight tackles and two sacks in the Bulldogs 24-21 Outback Bowl win.

Georgia coaches are also waiting to hear whether juniors Odell Thurman and Max Jean-Gilles are also NFL bound.

posted at 11:55pm by roberth@walb.com