ATHENS — Two years ago Tramel Terry was one of Georgia’s top recruits, a receiver with star potential.
On Wednesday night, Terry decided to transfer, having rarely seen the field, his career never the same after a knee injury in a high school all-star game.
“I appreciate the opportunity provided by Georgia,” Terry said in a statement released by UGA. “I have many friends there but believe I’ll have a better chance for playing time somewhere else.”
Terry was buried on the depth chart at defensive back, where he moved in 2013, his first year at Georgia. Terry redshirted that season, after tearing his ACL during the Shrine Bowl all-star game in December 2012.
Initially there was still optimism that Terry could return and show the offensive skills that made him Mr. Football in South Carolina in 2012. But then came the move to defense, followed by seasons of Terry not being able to crack a fluid defensive back depth chart. He played in 10 games last year, all as a reserve, totaling six tackles and an interception. This year he played in three games for the Bulldogs, all again off the bench.
Terry’s final game at Georgia was last Saturday, against South Carolina, his home-state team. He had two tackles and forced a fumble.
“Playing time is important to every player and I understand the way he feels,” coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but success at his next school and will assist any way we can in the process.”
Quarterback Jacob Park, another South Carolina Mr. Football who signed with Georgia, elected to transfer this summer.