ATHENS — Georgia, for the first time in awhile, projects to be close to the NCAA scholarship limit of 85. And now room is being made.
Head coach Kirby Smart confirmed after Thursday’s second bowl practice that the following players are leaving:
- Cornerback Juwuan Briscoe, a sophomore who started the first four games this year before losing his first-team spot.
- Cornerback Rico McGraw, a sophomore who began the preseason as the first-team nickel back, then lost his starting spot two days before the season opener.
- Receiver Shaquery Wilson, a sophomore who has not played this season.
- In addition, sophomore safety Kirby Choates, who has been dealing with academics issue, will be mulling whether to return to the team, according too Smart.
“I don’t think they’ve decided exactly where they’re going yet,” Smart said of the first three. “But we wish those guys nothing but the best. They’ve been good to Georgia. They’ve worked really hard, and we wish them success as they move on.”
Several other players will switch positions:
- Rashad Roundtree, a sophomore who moved from safety to inside linebacker earlier this year, is back with the defensive backs.
- Michael Barnett, a sophomore who moved from defensive line to offensive line in October – then moved back to defensive line after two weeks – is again back with the offensive line.