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Jay Rome uncertain about joining UGA basketball

Jay Rome might give up basketball to concentrate on his football career at Georgia.

Kevin C. Cox

It was a lot easier for Jay Rome to be a part of Georgia's football and basketball teams last season. The tight end redshirted as a freshman last year, and went on to play in seven games for the Bulldogs' basketball team. But as he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chip Towers, he isn't sure if he's going to go from the gridiron to the hardwood again this year.

Rome saw action in all 13 of the Bulldogs' football games this year, starting a game. He caught 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He said he's still considering returning to hoops, where last season he was a forward, but said he has yet to make a decision:

"Both coaches are still going to allow me to do it if I choose to but I'm not really sure myself if I want to go through with it again this year," Rome said on Tuesday. "I haven't made a decision yet. It's something me and my dad are going to talk about, something I'm going to pray about and talk to Coach Richt and Coach Fox about."

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rome could only be a boost to a Georgia men's basketball team that has struggled to a 3-7 start to the season. He was an all-state basketball player at Georgia's Valdosta High. He said if he did give up basketball, it wouldn't be easy:

"No doubt that I'll miss it," Rome said. "Basketball has always been my favorite sport. But sometimes when you get older you have to make decisions that are going to be the best for you and I have no doubt that football is going to be the best for me."

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.