From Athens to DC: Dawgs in the Capital
In Athens, the University of Georgia has a saying for the players that embody the UGA spirit, “Da** Good Dawgs” or “DGD” for short. Well, after the supplemental draft the DC Defenders just had, “DCD” (DC Dawgs) might become the new moniker.
On January 1st, the XFL 3.0 held its supplemental draft, adding 90 players to the league rosters. Of the Defenders’ twelve picks, three of them were spent on former UGA players. Davin Bellamy (DL), Tyler Catalina (OL), and Brian Herrien (RB) were drafted in the 1st, 5th, and 9th rounds, respectively.
Davin Bellamy played amongst some of the most talented linebackers in the country during his time with the Bulldogs. He was able to finish his career at Georgia with 136 tackles, 13 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Bellamy was instrumental in the 2017 national championship run. He was third on the team in QB pressures that season. The former UGA linebacker was signed as an undrafted free agent and bounced around a bit in the NFL. He was drafted by the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL in the 2nd round, and had a breakout week one performance, winning Defensive Player of the Week. He would finish the season with 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks (4th in USFL).
Though he initially started his collegiate career at Rhode Island, Catalina ended his career at Georgia. He started at left tackle to start the season and finished as the starter in 12 of the 13 games. Catalina may have only spent one season in Georgia, but he embraced the culture. He was signed by the Washington Redskins, now Commanders, and made his starting debut in Week 8. He was later waived and bounced to the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers. The former Dawg was then drafted by the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL in the fifth round.
When you talk about DGDs, if Brian Herrien isn’t high on your list, that list might be wrong. While Herrien may not be the “household” name nationally, he was highly regarded amongst Bulldog fans. He often got lost in the shuffle behind “little-known” names like Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, and DeAndre Swift. But that is what made Herrien such a DGD. He worked hard and any time he was needed, he answered the call. Herrien finished his career at Georgia with 1,414 rushing yards and 13 TDs, while adding 167 yards and 2 TDs receiving. The shifty back was signed by the Cleveland Browns but was waived before the season. He has a new opportunity to become a DCD with the Defenders.
Demarcus Hayes (OL) is also on the DC Defenders. He played in ten games for the Bulldogs in 18-19 seasons. Hayes was redshirted in 2017, but participated on the scout team.
For a full list of the Supplemental draft results, click HERE.