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Ex-UGA players finding new football homes

Jakar Hamilton AP

Eight months after Jakar Hamilton (pictured) decided to transfer from Georgia, and a couple of months after Derrick Lott made the same decision, both players have apparently found new, lower-level locales in which to continue their collegiate careers.

Hamilton’s high school coach, Lee Sawyer, confirmed to CFT via email that Hamilton has enrolled at South Carolina State and just completed his first semester at the school.  While Sawyer could not say whether his former player is officially eligible to play this season, a SCSU official confirmed that, barring the unexpected, Hamilton will be on the field for the Div. 1-AA (FCS) school this fall.

In 2010, Hamilton played in 13 games, starting five of those contests.  Expected to compete for significantly more playing time in 2011, a stress fracture in his lower right leg effectively ended his season, and it was announced in September that he would be transferring from the Bulldogs program.

As for Lott, he’s dropping down a level as well, with the Chattanooga Times Free Press reporting that the defensive tackle will play for Tennessee-Chatannoga this year.  Lott signed with the school last week.

“We’re expecting him to be a pretty good player and we’re excited about having him,” Mocs coach Russ Huesman said. “He’s athletic and he’s big.”

Lott played in five games the past two seasons for UGA.  A four-star member of UGA’s 2009 recruiting class, Lott was rated as the No. 27 defensive tackle by Rivals.com.

At the time of his departure in late March, Lott was a backup to starting right defensive end Garrison Smith.

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5 Responses to “Ex-UGA players finding new football homes”
  1. jonkybon says: May 17, 2012 8:53 AM

    Good luck gentlemen. Its too bad you didn’t feel you could compete on the best team the SEC East has to offer. Hope you find what you’re looking for at your new schools.

  2. microbrewuga says: May 17, 2012 9:51 AM

    I have a feeling our coach URGED them to make these decisions. I have no evidence to back that up, but this is the internet and I can pretty much say whatever I want!!!!!

  3. thegamecocker says: May 17, 2012 11:31 AM

    They selected their new schools over going to Auburn. Both schools are academically superior to Auburn.

  4. woebegong says: May 20, 2012 7:13 AM

    Gamecocker,

    It has very little to do with academics. It has more to do with getting playing time, and they will see more playing time at smaller, non division 1 schools, than they would have at bigger schools. That is why they left UGA. If they felt they could compete at the SEC level or Div. 1 level, they would have chosen Auburn just as easily.

  5. thegamecocker says: May 20, 2012 8:10 PM

    @woebegone

    I think you missed the humor of my post. No big deal. In case you didn’t realize it, I do not like either Auburn or Clemson. I make sarcastic comments anytime I see an opportunity.

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