Another football player from UGA’s summer football roster is headed to the state of the Florida.
JJ Holloman has transferred to Florida International, an FBS school located in Miami that is coached by former University of Miami coach Butch Davis.
In June, Holloman was abruptly dismissed from UGA after allegations surfaced about domestic abuse. From a football standpoint, it was stunning news at the time for the Bulldogs as Holloman was the team’s top returning receiver.
At FIU, Holloman will wear the No. 4 jersey, per the football program’s updated roster. Holloman will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, then he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Which other UGA player is headed to Florida? Former 5-star signee Brenton Cox, as the outside linebacker appeared to be falling on the depth chart with the Bulldogs. Cox enrolled at arguably Georgia’s chief rival – the Florida Gators a few days ago. He’ll have to sit out this season.
Meanwhile at UGA, the summer departures surprisingly have had very little impact with the Bulldogs, at least among the media and the team’s fans. Georgia still holds a consensus No. 3 ranking in the polls, and is expected to face Alabama again in the SEC Championship game.
Losing a former 5-star signee and the team’s top receiver – especially this close to this season – would cripple many major-college programs. But not at Georgia, where Kirby Smart has assembled his most-talent heavy roster since he was hired as coach of the Bulldogs.
At receiver, Georgia has a ton of depth, although much of it is unproven. Freshman George Pickens, a 5-star signee who flipped from Auburn to UGA on last February’s signing day, became a viral superstar this weekend when practice video leaked of Pickens making an acrobatic one-handed catch.
A couple of UGA players have said Pickens “could be the next A.J. Green,” while the Bulldogs all-time leading receiver (Terrence Edwards) described Pickens as “a true No. 1 WR.”
At outside linebacker (Cox’s former position), Georgia has emerging stars in Azeez Ojulari and Adam Anderson, while incoming freshman Nolan Smith was rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit for last year.
UGA has 21 players remaining on their roster who earned a 5-star ranking from at least one recruiting service, including 14 from the universally recognized 247Sports Composite, per DawgNation’s Mike Griffith.