The defensive personnel issues continued this evening for Georgia, with the school confirming one of its players on that side of the ball has decided to leave the football program.
In a press release, the Bulldogs announced that defensive lineman Derrick Lott will be transferring from the university. The release states that Lott is leaving in order to obtain more playing time.
There’s no word on where the Kennesaw, GA, product may head to next.
“Derrick and I met and he believes he will have opportunities for more playing time elsewhere,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We support him and will assist in any way possible during this process.”
Lott has played in five games the past two seasons. The 6-4, 303-pounder was projected as a backup to starting right defensive end Garrison Smith.
A four-star member of UGA’s 2009 recruiting class, Lott was rated as the No. 27 defensive tackle by Rivals.com. Coming out of high school, Lott carried offers from, among others, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma State and South Carolina.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.