It was reported over the weekend that former four-star Georgia player Brent Benedict had decided to leave the school due to personal reasons, although it was unclear what might be his next football destination.
While that remains the case, there will be no restrictions placed on where the offensive lineman will be permitted to continue his collegiate career by his now-former school.
Continuing a “tradition” that was in place during his days at Florida — and apparently continues to this day — UGA athletic director Greg McGarity tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Benedict will be free to transfer to any school in the country. And, yes, that includes other schools in the SEC.
“I bring the same philosophy as we had at Florida,” McGarity, the former longtime associate AD, told the paper. “UF If a kid’s not happy, we just want him to be happy. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I don’t care where he goes. These four or five years are the supposed to be the best and most important of these kids’ lives and they need to be happy. …
“It’s the theory of plenty. There’s plenty of good ones everywhere. I don’t worry if they go to Florida or Tech and may come back to beat us. You can’t think that way. Life’s too short. [Student-athletes] are our most valuable resource. If they’re not happy here, I want to see them happy somewhere.”
The Journal-Constitution noted that Florida and South Carolina were among the finalists for Benedict before the Jacksonville, Fla., product chose the Bulldogs in 2009, so there’s the possibility he ends up back in the same conference. Others who Benedict reportedly seriously considered were Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, and the lineman’s father told the paper that he “would imagine some of them would take a look at him again.”
Benedict sat out last season as he recovered from major knee damage suffered during his senior year of high school. However, Benedict participated in this season’s spring practice and was listed as the backup to Cordy Glenn at right tackle.