Brandon Boykin and Cordy Glenn both said there was one common denominator that convinced them to return to Georgia for their senior year instead of to leave early for the NFL - redemption.
"Everybody knows that we ended up 6-7 and had a very disappointing season," Boykin said. "I just really didn't want to go out on that note."
Glenn, who held a joint press conference with Boykin at Stegeman Coliseum prior to the men's basketball game against Mississippi State, concurred.
"I just wanted to come back and help prove people wrong, that we're much better than what we showed last year," Glenn said. "I also want to improve my draft status and get closer to my degree."
Boykin will earn his degree next December.
Both players sent their names into the NFL Advisory Board, but neither said their results played a role in their decision.
"I won't get into specifics, but it was about what I expected," Boykin said. "At the end of the day it was just a gauge; there was no leeway either way. I can't speak for Cordy, but for me it was just the opportunity to come back to school and finish what we started here."
Glenn said he just wanted to make the best decision for him and his family. This was simply not the time for him to turn pro.
Both players said they've been impressed by what they've seen from the new strength and conditioning staff led by new coordinator Joe Tereshinski.
"It's just the attitude they bring," Boykin said. "Nobody's happy with the way we ended the season so it's all about having that mindset that we want to get back on top and they've definitely implemented that mindset with the strength and conditioning program. I think everybody's really bought into the system and is training hard every day."
Glenn is hopeful the new methods will pay off.
"They're just making us mentally prepared for the season right now," he said. "I really think they're making us tougher and more mentally prepared."
Glenn was also asked about former offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who left Thursday to become the OL coach at Texas.
"He called me. He told me he loved me and he wished us all the best," Glenn said. "But it was a business decision for him. He had to do what was best for him and his family."
Glenn shrugged when asked if he will miss his former coach.
"It's out of my hands. I'm just positive Coach (Mark) Richt will bring in somebody good for us," Glenn said. "I'm just looking forward to the season."
Glenn added he has been given no indication whom his new coach might be.
"I have no idea," said Glenn.
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