JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Last week, when Kirby Smart announced three position switches, he indicated it was more about the future. Georgia’s travel roster for the Florida game bears that out.
Neither Tae Crowder (who switched from tailback to inside linebacker) or Michael Barnett (from defensive to offensive line) or Shakenneth Williams (from receiver to defensive back) are on the trip. Barnett and Williams can still redshirt this year, and Crowder, despite getting early praise for his work at inside linebacker, still has some players ahead of him there.
Another notable player not on the trip is Solomon Kindley, the freshman guard. Kindley has played this year, and has been the second-team right guard, but the one game he played in was Georgia’s third of the season. The NCAA rules say you can pursue a medical redshirt, if you have one available, if you were hurt after the fourth game of the season.
Kirby Choates, a sophomore defensive back who has played in three games this year on special teams, is also not on the trip for unknown reason.
Otherwise, the scholarship players not on the trip are the usual group: Freshmen Ben Cleveland, Chris Barnes, Chauncey Manac, and others such as Shaquery Wilson, Kenneth Towns, Johnny O’Neal and Sam Madden.
Sam Vaughn, who had been the No. 3 quarterback, is not here. That means Brice Ramsey’s hand is healthy enough to be the emergency quarterback.
Meanwhile, a few notable players who are here:
- Starting cornerback Deandre Baker, who missed the Vanderbilt game with a sprained ankle but had been practicing this week.
- Senior defensive back Shattle Fenteng, who has a key role on special teams coverage units, but has been out the past five games with an injury.
One other note: Hubert Owens – perhaps the best-known SEC referee at this point – is the ref for this game.