Former South Carolina receiver DeAngelo Smith has transferred to Fort Valley State and is eligible to play this year, coach Donald Pittman said.
Smith, who is 6-1, 196 pounds, caught six passes for 69 yards in 17 career games for the Gamecocks. His lone TD came on a 30-yard reception against East Carolina last fall. He is from Camden County.
Smith will help ease the loss of Chris Slaughter, another former SEC player who transferred from Auburn. Slaughter caught 52 passes for 1,052 yards — 20.2 yards a reception — and eight TDs last year.
Grambling QB at Albany State
Albany State found a QB in Frank Rivers, who transferred from Grambling last month. He will be a junior.
Rivers threw for 954 yards and seven TDs in nine games last year and 967 yards and 10 TDs in seven games in 2011. He likely was going to lose playing time to D.J. Williams, the son of Grambling coach Doug Williams.
David Kooi, last year’s starting QB, was also a transfer, coming from Florida Atlantic.
Dickey stepping down after season
West Georgia coach Daryl Dickey will focus on being the school’s athletic director after this season.
Dickey was hired as West Georgia’s coach in 2008, after seven seasons as the QBs coach at Florida State, and added AD responsibilities in 2009.
The school plans to form a search committee for a new coach this fall.