Brian Herrien’s Georgia career has come to an end, as the senior running back announced that he would not be playing in the 2020 Sugar Bowl against Baylor.
Herrien posted on his Instagram account that he would be missing the game due to personal reasons.
“Due to personal reasons I will not be participating in the Sugar Bowl with my brothers,” Herrien wrote. “I have decided to rest and heal my body to prepare for what is next to come in my life.”
It had been widely expected that Herrien would miss the Sugar Bowl, with DawgNation reporting the news on Friday, Dec. 27.
Herrien was the team’s second-leading rusher this year, as he had 490 yards and 6 touchdowns. With D’Andre Swift battling a shoulder injury, redshirt freshman Zamir White started for Georgia.
In the statement, Herrien also thanked the Georgia fans for supporting him during his time in Athens.
“It has been a blessing to call a place like Athens, Ga., ‘Home’ for the past four years,” Herrien said. “I am forever grateful for all of the support from those who have supported me throughout this chapter of my life.”
Herrien finishes his Georgia career with 1,413 career rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. One of the best plays from Herrien’s Georgia career came in the 2019 Florida game when he made a diving one-handed catch along the sideline.
Prior to the Sugar Bowl, Georgia coach Kirby Smart made it clear on what Georgia’s philosophy was with bringing players to New Orleans.
“If they could play, they were going to be able to come. That was the big deal,” Smart said.
Georgia is taking on Baylor in the 2020 Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs are missing a number of other contributors including starting tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson. For live updates on the game, follow along here.
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