Georgia may be down a couple of defensive starters for the Sugar Bowl against Texas on New Years Day. According to head coach Kirby Smart, defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker D’Andre Walker could be game-time decisions for the Bulldogs.
Walker injured his groin in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama at the end of the season. He had missed some practices leading up to the bowl game early on after leaving the SEC Championship Game in the fourth quarter. Walker’s absence would be a tough one for Georgia as he is the team’s leader with 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. The senior may still get a chance to play, but it would not be a shock at this point to see him sit out the game whether or not it is his decision with a bright NFL future on the horizon. Davis, a freshman, has 1.5 sacks this season and 25 tackles.
Both players have reportedly been active in practices closer to the Sugar Bowl, but how much they play against a live opponent remains to be seen.
Georgia is already playing without Deandre Baker, who is skipping the Sugar Bowl to focus on the NFL.
Texas A&M’s depth at the tight end position just got a bit more shallow. Jordan Davis announced, via Twitter, he will be leaving the program and seeking an opportunity to play elsewhere in 2016.
“My life at Texas A&M has been a rewarding experience. The memories made have been unforgettable,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, I believe my time here has expired. It is with a heavy heart for me to say that I plan to transfer to another institution, but I feel it is the best situation for my future football career. Texas A&M will forever hold a special place in my heart.”
NCAA transfer rules will require Davis to sit out the 2016 season if he transfers to another FBS program, meaning he will be out of action for his sophomore season. Davis played in three games for the Aggies last season, catching two passes for a total of seven yards and a touchdown.
With the departure of Davis, and seniors Brandon Alexander and Caden Smith exhausting their eligibility, Texas A&M is left with zero scholarship tight ends on the current football roster.
Well, that’s not quite the case. Texas A&M still has freshmen Grant Gustafson and Greer Shetler listed on the team’s website, but Davis was Texas A&M’s leading receiver at the position with his minimal production. Texas A&M did not use a scholarship in the Class of 2016 for the tight end position (Davis was the only scholarship tight end in the Class of 2015). It is still early, of course, but the Aggies do not have a tight end locked up for the Class of 20176 at this point either, although it may be safe to assume that will not remain the case as the recruiting process plays out.