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Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton catches a touchdown pass against Michigan during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA College Football Playoff semifinal game, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.(AP Photo/Jim Rassol)
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Former Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton announces transfer to Alabama

Burton caught 26 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns for Georgia last season. Alabama will be without its top two wide receivers entering next season, as Jameson Williams and John Metchie are both off to the NFL.

Alabama’s success with Williams likely played a part in Burton’s decision. After little usage at Ohio State, Williams emerged as the top receiver in the SEC catching 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. Burton will also get to play with Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young as well.

Georgia signed Burton as a member of the 2020 recruiting class. As a sophomore, Burton played in 14 games but his production was limited due to a variety of injuries. The Bulldogs’ leading receiver was actually tight end Brock Bowers, as he led Georgia in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns.

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Of the eight Georgia players that have entered the transfer portal, four of them have ended up at other SEC programs. Wide receiver Justin Robinson is headed to Mississippi State, Jalen Kimber will play for Florida and Latavious Brini announced on Sunday he would be playing for Arkansas.

Without Burton, Georgia will look to get more out of AD Mitchell, Kearis Jackson and Ladd McConkey. The Bulldogs will also need healthy seasons from Dominick Blaylock, Arian Smith and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint who all missed games for Georgia this season.

The Bulldogs signed three wide receivers in the 2022 recruiting cycle and hold a commitment from 3-star prospect Dillon Bell. Georgia also signed Oscar Delp, who has already enrolled at Georgia and was one of the top tight end prospects in the 2022 recruiting cycle.

Georgia is without a wide receivers coach at the moment, as Cortez Hankton is now at LSU.

The Bulldogs did beat Alabama 33-18 in this month’s National Championship game, with Burton catching two passes for 28 yards in the win. The two teams are not scheduled to meet in the regular season but will likely be favored to win their respective divisions.

Georgia opens the 2022 season against Oregon on Sept. 3.

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