Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4 Dawgs Sign Free Agent Contracts


After NFL teams drafted six Dawgs over the weekend, four more former Georgia football players have signed NFL free agent contracts since the league's draft wrapped up on Sunday.

Three out of the four Dawgs signed with teams from the AFC. Fullback Brannan Southerland of Dacula signed a contract with the New York Jets, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe of Hamlet, N.C., signed with the Baltimore Ravens and wide receiver Demiko Goodman of Newnan inked a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For the NFC, wide receiver Kenneth Harris of Cherryville, N.C., signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints.

The Detroit Lions selected quarterback Matthew Stafford of Dallas as the first overall pick in the 2009 draft on Saturday and five more Bulldogs followed. Running back Knowshon Moreno of Belford, N.J., (1st round ­ 12th ­ Denver Broncos), wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi of Charlotte, N.C., (2nd round ­ 50th ­ Cleveland Browns), defensive back Asher Allen of Tucker (3rd round ­ 86th ­ Minnesota Vikings), defensive tackle Corvey Irvin of Augusta (3rd round ­ 93rd ­ Carolina Panthers) and defensive end Jarius Wynn of Lincolnton (6th round ­ 182nd ­ Green Bay Packers) were the other five Georgia players selected.

The six Bulldogs chosen this year brings the total number of former Georgia players selected in the past eight NFL drafts to 46. The five players taken in the first three rounds ties the record set by the draft classes of 2005, 2003 and 2001.

Munson Into Hall Of Fame

Longtime University of Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame during the organization’s 50th Annual Awards program scheduled May 2-4 in Salisbury, NC.

Munson called Georgia football games from 1966 to 2007. Starting at age 20, Munson began to accumulate lots of experience in sports broadcasting. He called games for major and minor league baseball, the University of Wyoming football and basketball, Nashville Vols (baseball), Vanderbilt football and basketball for 16 years and was a member of the original Atlanta Braves broadcast team when they moved from Milwaukee.

“This is an overwhelming tribute, and I am honored to be selected to this group of outstanding and accomplished professionals,” said Munson. “To be elected to any Hall of Fame is quite humbling, but to be chosen to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor.”

This award will be added to his many other broadcasting accolades.

Munson was recognized by the Georgia General Assembly in 1983, inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Men's Golf

Georgia golfers Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford, Harris English and Russell Henley have been named First-Team All-Southeastern Conference, according to an announcement Monday by the league office.

Adam Mitchell earned Second-Team All-SEC honors, meaning all five members of the lineup picked up conference recognition. In addition, Rob Bennett was selected for the SEC Community Service Team.

Harman earned First-Team All-SEC honors for the third time in his career, while Swafford made the First Team for the second time. Mitchell was a First-Team selection and English and Henley were Second-Team picks a year ago.

The No. 1-ranked Dawgs have won five tournaments this season, including the SEC Championship. Georgia will learn its NCAA Regional assignment next Monday.

Women's Golf

The No. 14-ranked Georgia women's golf team will compete in the NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla., on May 7-9, the NCAA announced on Monday.

Georgia has posted nine top-10 finishes during the past 11 NCAA Championships and only failed to advance from the Regionals to championship play once since 1998.

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