There was a lot of accountability shown by the Georgia football team in the wake of a stunning 20-17 loss at home to South Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Senior captain J.R. Reed said the loss would not linger. Rodrigo Blankenship was one of the very first Bulldogs to meet the media after likely the most unexplainable loss of his Georgia career.
It brought to mind the dismissal of former receiver Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman back in June. University police investigated allegations of a domestic dispute between Holloman and his girlfriend. It was a disappointing end to his time at Georgia.
The contest with South Carolina marked the first time all season where his absence was clearly felt on the field in a contested game. While Georgia does have good emerging young playmakers at receiver in freshmen Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens, those two are still first-year players in the SEC.
Redshirt junior receiver Demetris Robertson came up to make a few plays. He finished with five catches for 51 yards. Robertson’s 6-yard touchdown catch with 1:48 left to play tied the game up at 17.
Holloman had the skills to help Georgia recover from the humbling loss on the road at LSU last season. He is now sitting out the 2019 season after transferring to another FBS program at Florida International University.
He hauled in two big touchdown passes from Fromm to help put down the Gators and steady the 2018 season. When the NFL drafted Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley this spring, he was in line to be Georgia’s leading returning receiver 2019.
The reason he is no longer at Georgia is a non-football story, but his absence is another reason why Georgia didn’t have more options that could consistently get off the line and create separation on Saturday.
Remember the downfield blocks he made to turn 15-yard runs into touches that went the distance? Holloman’s blend of size, speed and physicality has been missing from that unit all season. He helped all phases of the offensive game plan.
Holloman tweeted out his regrets after the game for not being on the field for Georgia, too. He did so while also showing support to his former teammates in Cager, Fromm, Malik Herring and Richard LeCounte III after the loss.
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