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Potential O-line starter’s career at UGA over due to academics

Austin Long AP

After a hand injury cost him an opportunity to push for a starting job in Georgia’s bowl game, Austin Long was expected to make an even more significant push for a starting job this year.

Instead, Long’s collegiate playing career has been derailed by a non-medical issue.

UGA confirmed Thursday evening that the senior offensive lineman’s career with the Bulldogs has not so unexpectedly come to an end due to what was described as “academic reasons.”  The news is not exactly unexpected as Long had not practiced at all in summer camp due to those classroom issues.

He had taken snaps with the first-team offense during the spring and would’ve had a legitimate shot at claiming the No. 1 spot at right guard had he been able to get his classroom house in order.

Long played in 13 games last season as a reserve offensive lineman.  All told, he played in 15 games during his time in Athens.

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4 Responses to “Potential O-line starter’s career at UGA over due to academics”
  1. friarjack61 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:12 AM

    Why worry ? The Cost Accounting, Organic Chemistry, Marketing Research, and English Composition courses, are not required by the NFL. You do not need academic smarts, only the ability to sign your name.

  2. jonkybon says: Aug 16, 2013 10:36 AM

    It just goes to show why Mark Richt is one of the classiest coaches in college football. His three strike policy for rule violations and strict academics set the bar. If every team in the SEC East followed the example of UGA, UK and Vandy; schools like South Carolina wouldn’t be able to field a football team.

  3. cuckflemson says: Aug 16, 2013 12:40 PM

    Jonkybon, kind of ironic that you’re talking about a schools academic policy’s considering you dropped out of high school. You have a serious case of c*ck envy.

  4. sportsbastard says: Aug 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    Come on Jawja, gotta keep those starters eligible and make an example of the non-contributors. (To free up the scholly). Sincerely, Will Muschamp

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