ATHENS — Georgia receiver Michael Chigbu is considering giving up football, according to head coach Kirby Smart.
Chigbu, who has one year of eligibility remaining, has not been at the past few spring practices.
“He’s going through some injury things,” Smart said after Thursday’s practice.”I don’t know yet what he’s doing. He may be thinking about hanging it up, but he hasn’t decided yet.”
Chigbu could take a medical disqualification, which would add him to a growing list. Offensive linemen Sage Hardin and Sam Madden, receiver Shakenneth Williams and safety Rashad Roundtree have all done so within the past year. Players who take medical disqualifications stay on scholarship but do not count toward a team’s NCAA scholarship limit of 85. At the most recent count, Georgia was at 88 scholarships committed toward the 2018 season, once all signees enroll.
Chigbu has 13 career catches, 4 as a freshman and 9 as a sophomore, then none last year. He still saw the field a lot, especially in situations where he was used to help with run blocking.
A native of New Orleans, Chigbu arrived at Georgia as a 3-star prospect.