ATHENS — Former Georgia football receiver Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal after being dismissed from the Bulldogs team last Friday.
Holloman was set to be the go-to target on a Georgia team expected to compete for the SEC championship this season before a police report surfaced in which he allegedly admitted to striking an ex-girlfriend following the 2018 UGA G-Day game.
The victim did not file a report of the incident that allegedly occurred on April 22, 2018, with the University of Georgia Police Department until June 2, 2019.
The police report states that the victim “did not want to pursue an investigation for this incident” and “wouldn’t want him to be subject to criminal charges.” Due to that, the police report lists the case as “inactive.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart issued a statement after the police report surfaced in the media, first in Holloman’s hometown paper, the Covington News.
“We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football,” Smart said. “It is disappointing when this does not happen.”
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The Bulldogs lost three receivers to the NFL Draft along with their top receiving tight end from the 2018 season. Holloman’s dismissal leaves Georgia without its top five pass catchers from last season.
Georgia will likely lean heaviest on incoming Miami graduate transfer Lawrence Cager, along with 2018 transfer Demetris Robertson and returning senior Tyler Simmons at the start of fall camp. UGA also added Tennessee graduate transfer tight end Eli Wolf.
The Bulldogs also lost three players to transfers during this offseason.
Backup freshman quarterback Justin Fields elected to transfer to Ohio State, freshman tight end Luke Ford chose to transfer back to his home state of Illinois, and reserve linebacker Jaden Hunter transferred to Western Kentucky.
Fields was granted immediate eligibility with the Buckeyes, but Ford’s request for a waiver to play immediately has been denied.
Ford had high-profile attorney Tom Mars helping him make his case, leaving some surprised by the result. Mars helped paved the way for Fields’ successful bid to gain immediate eligibility.
Hunter played in only four games last season, which constitutes a redshirt under new NCAA rules.
Former Georgia defensive back Deangelo Gibbs was suspended indefinitely when he transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he will be eligible to play this season.
Former UGA reserve safety Tray Bishop, once a 4-star U.S. Army All-American recruit from Dawson, Ga, is also in the transfer portal. Bishop took part in the 2018 G-Day Game before being arrested in May of 2018 as a result of a 2017 incident. He did not appear in any games for Georgia.