With his path on Georgia’s depth chart blocked, Detric Bing-Dukes has decided to look elsewhere to continue his collegiate career.
After announcing it Saturday, Georgia released statements from the player and his now-former head Sunday officially confirming the decision to transfer. The decision was triggered by Bing-Dukes’ desire to seek a better opportunity at playing time at another football program.
“I love Georgia and appreciate the opportunity I had to be a Bulldog,” said Bing-Dukes in his statement. “However, I think my opportunities to play and contribute more will be better at another school.”
As is the case with any Bulldog who transfers out, head coach Mark Richt won’t block Bing-Dukes’ move to any other FBS school, including those in the SEC. If the linebacker does land at another FBS school, though, he’ll have to sit out the 2015 season.
“Detric has been an outstanding Bulldog and I understand his decision and desire to have a better opportunity,” said Richt. “We will do anything we can to assist him in the transition and wish him great success.”
Bing-Dukes was a four-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 15 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 29 player at any position in the state of Georgia. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and had been buried fourth on UGA’s depth chart through the first part of summer camp.
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Concussions and head trauma awareness is stronger than it has ever been, and hopefully it is helping to reduce problems later in life for a number of young football players. That should be the hope for Georgia fullback Merritt Hall, who has been forced to step away from the game after being medically disqualified to play football as a result of a recent concussion.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Hall suffered the third concussion in the last two seasons and it was so severe it put his career at risk. During a scrimmage on Saturday, Hall took a blow to the head in a scrimmage with the first-team offense. After sitting out three days of practices, Georgia head coach Mark Richt confirmed Hall’s playing days have come to an abrupt end.
“Merritt told me he was medically DQ’d,” Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason said. “He said it wasn’t necessarily how many concussions he’s had; it was how he responded to the last concussion, the symptoms he was having. They kind of threw up a red flag about it.”
Georgia loses what would have been an asset to the run game with his strength blocking and opening running lanes for guys like Todd Gurley. As a result of the loss of Hall, Georgia has moved freshman Detric Bing-Dukes from linebacker to fullback to fill some depth. Senior Taylor Maxey has reportedly been taking the first team reps in Hall’s absence.
When a four-star recruit goes through his first fall camp as a collegiate player, the thought of switching from the defensive side of the football to offense probably isn’t expected. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to Georgia’s Detric Bing-Dukes.
Bing-Dukes was recruited as a linebacker and began camp as part of the defense. However, Georgia’s coaching staff decided to permanently moved him to fullback, according to The Macon Telegraph‘s Seth Emerson.
The move won’t be entirely foreign to Bing-Dukes. The freshman played some running back in high school. He officially made the move to the backfield Monday.
“It was a fast change,” freshman tailback Nick Chubb told the Athens Banner-Herald‘s Marc Weiszer. “It was great to get him in the (running backs) room with us.”
Bing-Dukes may have an opportunity to contribute early. Projected starter Merritt Hall continues to be sidelined due to an undisclosed injury, and the junior could miss a significant amount of time.
Bing-Dukes will compete with Taylor Maxey, Cameron Faulkner, Quayvon Hicks and Matthew Hicks to replace Hall.
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One of the nation’s top defensive ends will be staying close to home for his college football. Norcross, Georgia defensive end Lorenzo Carter announced Wednesday afternoon he will be joining Georgia.
Carter is ranked the third defensive end in the nation by Rivals and is one of the top five players in the state of Georgia as well. He joins a recruiting class at Georgia with a solid focus on defense. Georgia has defensive tackle Kendall Baker and linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes already signed as well as defensive end Keyon Brown out of Florida. All are four-star prospects.
The recruiting battle for Carter came down to the wire. Georgia ended up getting the victory and may have benefitted from getting the last official visit on Carter’s travel agenda. Carter visited Georgia last weekend, a week after he visited Florida State and two weeks after visiting LSU. He had visited Florida in September as well. All four schools were considered high on his final list, which made for a heated battle.
Carter was named a first-team All-USA player by USA Today, and he played in the Under Armour All-American bowl as well.
Georgia already had a top ten recruiting class according to Rivals, ranked ninth before the addition of Carter.