Georgia football exceptions make it official and post farewell graphics

ATHENS – Former Georgia captains Monty Rice, Ben Cleveland and Eric Stokes have made it official. They are leaving the Peach Bowl experience to concentrate on preparing for the 2021 NFL draft.

Kirby Smart, coach of the UGA, said last Saturday that players who are not excluded from the game of the game are not the trend.

“It’s not necessarily the modern thing or the tendency to do it,” Smart said. “People make it that way, but it’s not true.”

Smart said 58 of the top 64 players selected in last year’s NFL draft had bowling games last season.

Smart reported last Saturday that Rice, Cleveland and Stokes were not expected to play in the bowling game. The head coach said Rice (foot) and Cleveland (shoulder) have ailments they played with.

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The tight end Tre ‘McKitty, who also picked, had to deal with a knee, Smart said.

Former UGA linebacker Jermaine Johnson has also moved in and recently announced he will take over for the state of Florida.

Smart did not address the status of former starting cornerback DJ Daniel, who in 2019 also chose to prepare for the Senior Bowl.

The Bulldogs ruled out three players for the Sugar Bowl last year, with team captains Andrew Thomas and JR Reed choosing not to travel to the bowling alley.

Reed aggravated a foot injury while preparing for the ball in Athens and wanted to prepare for the NFL poacher.

Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, like Thomas last year an NFL pick in the first round, also did not prefer the Sugar Bowl game with Baylor.

There were at least 13 UGA players who did not play in the 26-14 victory over the Bears.

Smart indicated at the time that this was the nature of the animal.

‘The NFL environment we have, if we continue to recruit at a high level, which we did, it’s likely to be an annual agreement where guys decide for certain reasons not to play in the game . or whatever they choose, ”Smart said last year. ‘And that’s the choice they have. I respect that. ”

It is understandable that Smart explained this year that he wants the focus to be on the players participating in the match, and that he is proud to do so.

Outfielder Azeez Ojuarli, predicted by some as a first-round pick of the 2021 NFL draft in the NFL, has opted to play in the Peach Bowl after several reports that he prefers it.

Senior Richard LeCounte is still training in an effort to overcome the injuries he sustained during a Halloween Night dirt bike accident on Macon Highway, and senior defender Malik Herring even plays in the Peach Bowl, even with a Senior Bowl invitation in hand.

Rice, Cleveland, McKitty, LeCounte, Herring, Daniel and defensive back Mark Webb were all invited to the January 30 game in Mobile, Ala. It contains a week of practice sought after by all the NFL coaching staff and general. managers.

This is a record number of Georgia players at the Senior Bowl as things stand, more evidence of the talent Smart is recruiting and developing for the NFL level.

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