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.