ATHENS — Tim Kimbrough was absent from Georgia’s football practice on Wednesday, and he apparently won’t be back Thursday, or ever again in a playing capacity.
Kimbrough, who was Georgia’s leading returning tackler, is transferring, according to statements made from his Twitter account. He posted Thursday morning he doesn’t want to sit out this season and will likely look to join with an FCS or Division II school.
Kimbrough has not graduated yet. He will have to sit out a season if he chooses to transfer within the FBS level.
The departure leaves Georgia pretty thin at inside linebacker. Carter is in his fourth year but only has one career start. Patrick had two last year, while Smith played sporadically last yer. Senior Ryne Rankin has mostly just played special teams, leaving sophomore Juwan Taylor and true freshman Jaleel Laguins.
This will be the third player to leave Georgia on his own volition since Smart’s hiring. Safety Jonathan Abram, who started four games as a freshman, left for a junior college after being upset when then-defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t retained. Tailback A.J. Turman opted to leave for more playing time, and ended up at Florida Atlantic. (A fourth player, quarterback Faton Bauta, left the team just before Smart was officially hired, and ended up at Colorado State.)