|| Boss Bailey
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6-3 / 229
High School: Charlton County...USA Today All-USA honorable mention...chosen one of the Super Eleven, Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ...named to Macon Telegraph Sweet 16...named to 1998 Fox Sports South Countdown To Signing Day All-South third team defense ... All-Region selection ... missed much of senior year due to torn anterior cruciate ligament ...recorded seven tackles and recovered one fumble...at quarterback, had 109 yards and two touchdowns rushing and 106 yards and one touchdown passing...also averaged 36.3 yards on 10 punts...for career, had 143 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions...totaled 1,079 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing and 1,243 yards and 16 touchdowns passing...finished as the school?s all-time leading passer...scored 165 points during career... received team?s Linebacker Award and Freshman Award... also a track and field standout ...reached the 1996 Class A State Championships in the 110-meter hurdles... received the track squad?s Sprint Award ...High School Coach: Rich McWhorter.
College: 1998 - Played in all 11 games during regular season as backup SAM linebacker...best game vs. Vanderbilt with six tackles...also one of the team?s best special teams tacklers...
1999 - During spring drills, earned starting SLB job going into fall practice....recorded three tackles and one QB sack in annual spring G-Day game....started all 11 games at SLB finishing the season as the team?s third leading tackler with 66 tackles....best games vs. Central Florida (10 tackles) and Tennessee (11 tackles)....started and recorded three tackles in Georgia?s 28-25 come-from-behind overtime victory over Purdue in the Outback Bowl, the biggest comeback in bowl history (from 0-25 deficit) and the first major sporting event of the 21st century (11:07 a.m., Jan. 1, 2000)....
2000 - Listed as number one SLB at conclusion of spring drills....injured knee on opening kickoff of season-opener against Georgia Southern....missed entire season but received redshirt year......
2001 - th by pre-season practice...listed as number one SLB at conclusion of spring drills...named to Phipps/Regions Bank pre-season All-SEC first team....named to pre-season Butkus Award Watch List...finshed the regular season fifth on the team in combined tackles with 65...had stellar return vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 1), recording seven combined tackles, including five unassisted stops, and one pass breakup ...added another strong performance at Tennessee (Oct. 6), recording 10 combined tackles, including one tackle for loss (-1), and breaking up two passes.....strong outing versus Florida (Oct. 27) produced a pair of interceptions, which stalled Gator scoring threats, and also accounted for six tackles, including three solos.... recipient of Leon Farmer Athletic Endowed Football Scholarship...named SEC Coaches All-SEC second team....recorded six tackles in 2001 Music City Bowl vs. Boston College.....
2002-- Recorded three tackles in annual spring game...listed as number one SLB at conclusion of spring...selected pre-season All-America first team by The Sporting News...selected pre-season first team All-SEC by sportswriters at SEC Football Media Days...recipient of Leon and Vickie Farmer Endowed Football Scholarship....brother of former UGA starters CB Ronald Bailey (1995-96-97) and All-America CB Champ Bailey (1996-97-98); set school vertical jump record with leap of 46" prior to ’02 season (record of 42" by Champ Bailey had been broken earlier in the testing day by Reggie Brown who lept 43 1/2"); 32 career starts....all-star season leading the team in tackles with 109…named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for performance against Clemson (14 tackles, one sack)....other best games include S.C. (14 tackles and Tennessee (11 tackles)...has blocked three field goal attempts this season (vs.Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech)...named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2002 Rotary Lombardi Award and also chosen semi-finalist for Butkus Award..…All-SEC first team by The Atlanta Journal.....All-America first team by the American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp....All-America second team by The Associated Press and The Sporting News.... team co-leader in tackles for 2002 with 114.....member of team that won Georgia's first SEC championship in 20 years, defeated FSU for Nokia Sugar Bowl title, set school record for most victories in a season (13), and finished with a final national ranking of No. 3......part of defense that finished first in the SEC and fourth nationally in Scoring Defense (15.1 ppg), first in the SEC in Red Zone Defense (58.8%), second in the SEC and 19th nationally in Rushing Defense (114.0 ypg), fourth in the SEC and 15th nationally in Total Defense (303.5 ypg), and allowed only 30 total second half points in the final seven games of the season.....elected permanent defensive captain by teammates at conclusion of '03 season....Major: Sociology.
Boss was drafted by the Detroit Lions as the 34th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Pre-Draft Article By Michael Smith, Globe Staff