Joey Waldrop came to UGA in the fall of 2003 after graduating from Newnan High School. At 7 feet tall, approximately 350 pounds (he had been up to 410 pounds at one point), and with a size 21 shoe, Waldrop was the biggest player on Coach Felton's roster.
Waldrop joined the team as a walk-on and worked hard to lose weight, improve his conditioning and grow in ability as a basketball player. By his sophomore year, Waldrop had dropped 50 pounds.
Due to the fact that Waldrop temporarily lost his Hope Scholarship, Coach Felton placed Waldrop on an athletic scholarship. Waldrop competed hard on the court and became a favorite of many fans. He averaged less than a point per game during his freshman year, but he did have a few blocked shots and rebounds.
When Waldrop was not involved in sports or with other coursework, he focused in on his love of the theatre. A drama major, Waldrop appeared in a number of school productions.
After leaving Georgia, although Waldrop did not remain involved in sports, he did continue to pursue opportunities in the arts. Joey rejoined Offshoot Productions, a theater company in Peachtree City. Waldrop is still involved with the company and Dawg fans south of Atlanta may see him in a role in the future at one of Offshoot's theatrical performances.