Asher Allen has reportedly decided to leave UGA for NFL riches. TotalUga is reporting that Allen has told members of the coaching staff that his decision has been made, and he plans to pursue his professional career a year early.
If true, it creates a big hole in Georgia's secondary, arguably larger than the ones on offense created by the two departing offensive stars last week in Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno.
Not good news for Dawg fans. Or for a defense that struggled through the 2008 season.
The AJC's Tim Tucker reported earlier today that Georgia's junior cornerback was mulling over the decision to turn pro after requesting a projection from the NFL advisory board of his draft status.
Allen has been less than specific about what he needs to see from the board for him to forgo his senior season. But many mock drafts list him around the seventh-best defensive back should he decide to leave campus. The earliest it would seem he would go would be mid-second round.
Allen had a solid, yet unspectacular season in '08. But Coach Willie Martinez recently revealed that his cornerback played with a broken hand from the end of the LSU game through the end of the season in Orlando.
There is certainly talent behind Allen ready for the challenge, but it is talent as yet unproven.