Judging from his disposition after the Sugar Bowl, it’s not surprising that Isaac Nauta had played his last game with the Georgia Bulldogs.
The junior tight end stood in the locker room and fielded reporters’ questions with his eyes blood red from crying. He was still emotional 30 minutes after the 28-21 loss to Texas had been posted.
“It’s emotional,” Nauta said. “You put a lot of time and effort and emotion into it and, you know, you look around the room at all the guys and the seniors and it’s not easy losing like that.”
He said then it’d be “a couple days” before he made a final decision on whether or not to turn pro. Right on time, Nauta made that announcement via his Instagram account on Friday afternoon.
“After thinking through this decision and speaking with my family and coaches, I have decided to forego my senior season and declare for the 2019 draft,” Nauta said from his account, ijay18. “I truly feel in my heart this is the best decision for me, and I’m ready to pursue another life dream of mine, playing in the NFL.”
Nauta certainly did good work at Georgia. A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, he finishes his college career with 68 catches for 902 yards and eight touchdowns. He might have been under-utilized as a receiver, following a freshman year of 29 catches with a sophomore season of nine. But he had 30 this past season and finished with a career-best 430 yards. He caught just one pass for three yards in Tuesday night’s loss to Texas.