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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTES: Georgia TE Charles enters NFL Draft

Georgia tight end Orson Charles (7) pulls in a ouchdown pass reception against Mississippi during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Georgia tight end Orson Charles (7) pulls in a ouchdown pass reception against Mississippi during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

ATLANTA -- Saying he's accomplished all he wanted in his college career, Georgia tight end Orson Charles is headed to the NFL.

Charles announced Wednesday he'll give up his final season of eligibility with the Bulldogs, a decision he said wasn't all that difficult after he prayed on it and met with a host of advisors, including former NFL coach Tony Dungy.

"You know how you have a gut feeling when you pick a college?" Charles said during a conference call with the media. "I really couldn't go wrong either way."

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Charles, who had 94 receptions for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Bulldogs, has yet to hire an agent but said there's no chance of returning for his senior year. He finished with the most yards in school history for a tight end and tied Leonard Pope's mark for most touchdowns at that position.

"I felt like I was ready," Charles said. "There's definitely a lot of things I can work on as far as blocking, catching and running routes. But I feel like I can accomplish all that."

Charles made 45 catches this past season, tied for second on a Georgia team that went 10-4 and reached the Southeastern Conference championship game. He worked the last two seasons with quarterback Aaron Murray, his teammate at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla.

"To play with my high school quarterback was a blessing," Charles said. "How many people can say they did that?"

Murray, according to Charles, didn't make any attempt to lobby his friend to come back for another season, merely telling him to do whatever was the best decision for his future. After Charles made the announcement, the quarterback tweeted, "Congrats to my boy ... Can't wait to see my boy ball out in the NFL."

Charles wouldn't reveal where he ranked in the draft projections provided by the NFL scouting combine. Several Web sites project him as a second- or third-round pick with good potential because of his receiving skills.

"What (the NFL) gave me, I felt really confident about," Charles said. "That's another reason why I made this decision."

Charles is the first Georgia underclassman to enter the draft. Defensive star Jarvis Jones, who led the SEC with 13.5 sacks, would seem another leading candidate for the NFL but said repeatedly late in the season that he intended to return for another season with the Bulldogs. He has two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from USC.

Heisman winner RG3 leaving Baylor early for NFL

WACO, Texas -- Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is headed to the NFL.

Griffin made it official Wednesday, announcing that he would skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft after a record-breaking college career. The announcement comes a month and a day after the dual-threat quarterback became the first Baylor player to win college football's highest individual honor.

"It was a tough decision, I love the people at this university, love my coach for giving me a chance to be a quarterback," Griffin said.

Stanford's Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, and Griffin are likely to be the first two quarterbacks selected next April.

Griffin arrived at Baylor along with coach Art Briles before the 2008 season. Briles was at Griffin's side Wednesday, both still basking in a season that ended with the Bears ranked No. 13 -- the first time since 1986 that they were in the final poll of the year.

"I talked to coach, neither of us broke down, surprisingly,' said Griffin, though Briles broke in to add: "Not on the outside."

Small wonder. Losing a talent like Griffin would be a blow for any coach.

Griffin set or tied 54 school records while playing 41 games at Baylor over the past four seasons. The fourth-year junior has another season of eligibility remaining at Baylor because he got a medical redshirt after he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the 2009 season.

Florida announces Pease as offensive coordinator

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Will Muschamp and Brent Pease first crossed paths on the recruiting trail in 2000.

Muschamp was an assistant at Valdosta State in Georgia, and Pease was at Northern Arizona. They were competing to sign defensive tackle Vincent "Sweat Pea" Burns, who grew up in the shadow of Valdosta State.

Somehow, Pease persuaded Burns to leave his hometown for a school 1,700 miles away.

"Right then I knew he could recruit," Muschamp said Wednesday.

The 47-year-old Pease has been on Muschamp's radar ever since. Muschamp hired him Tuesday to replace Charlie Weis as Florida's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, tasking him with improving the program's worst offense in the last two-plus decades.

"When you go out and you talk to numerous people, many very qualified for this job, he really is the right fit for us," Muschamp said.

Pease spent the last six seasons at Boise State, five as receivers coach and the last one as offensive coordinator.

He has 11 years of play-calling experience, beginning at his alma mater, Montana (1996-98), and then Northern Arizona (1999-2000), Kentucky (2001-02) and Baylor (2003-05).