Georgia football sees first player enter the transfer portal ahead of College Football Playoff game

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Georgia defensive lineman Bill Norton will enter the transfer portal.

Georgia defensive lineman Bill Norton has entered the transfer portal, becoming the first Bulldog this season to do so.

“I have officially entered the transfer portal,” Norton wrote in a message posted to Twitter. “Thank you to Coach Smart for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this team for the past 4 years and attain a National Championship. Im forever grateful for Coach Scott for taking a chance on me and forever believing in me, even if I didn’t. Thank you Dawg Nation for for everything.”

Georgia coach Kirby Smart shared his thoughts on the transfer portal and how things will go for Georgia in navigating the roster management tool.

“We try to build it where they want to be part of our program. If they don’t, then I certainly acknowledge that it’s an opportunity,” Smart said on Sunday. “I think you’re asking also about I guess maybe evaluating kids in the portal. We went a year where we didn’t take one. So you’re always going to look, and people try to reach out once they go in the portal. It’s there. They have people on staff at Ohio State, and we’ve got people on our staff that are going to be constantly looking through there and watching tape, evaluating it.

“But the focus is on our team. It wouldn’t be fair to all the guys playing if you weren’t focused on your team. So you can’t put a ton of focus and attention to looking for kids in the portal and things like that.”

The Bulldogs took zero players out of the transfer portal last off-season.

Georgia saw 13 players transfer out after last season.

Georgia will take on Ohio State on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. The transfer portal will remain open from Dec. 5 through Jan. 18, giving players the ability to officially enter the transfer portal in that span.

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