Georgia punter Marshall Long thanked the UGA fans as he officially confirmed his retirement from the Bulldogs on Sunday.
“I will forever be grateful for the times between the hedges and being able to call myself a dawg. It’s been an honor. #godawgs”
Long hasn’t contributed to UGA’s football team since 2016 when he was the starter. Since then, Long has had three knee surgeries, among other health issues.
“What a strange few months it has been without football,” Long said on his Instagram account. “As some may know, I made a tough decision to end my football career a year early due to 3 knee surgeries and many health issues that seemed to not go away.”
Long’s retirement was no surprise; it had been rumored since late February — and the roster move helps open up another football scholarship for UGA. Last season, Jake Camarda started as a freshman at punter for the Bulldogs, averaging 42.6 yards on 43 punts.