Freshman leaves UGA football team (UPDATED WITH RICHT REACTION)

Six months after signing with Georgia’s football program, and without participating in a single practice,  freshman outside linebacker Dexter Morant left the team.

“Football’s just not for everybody,” coach Mark Richt said at his post-practice media briefing Wednesday.  “I think he felt like he lost the desire to play. We tried to convince him that it would be in his best interest to stay and fight through it. . . . In the end, he felt like it wasn’t for him, at least not right now.”

Morant, a 6-foot-7, 240-pounder from Manning, S.C.,  signed with Georgia in February. He played defensive end in high school but was projected as an outside linebacker in new UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 alignment.

Coming out of high school, Morant was rated the nation’s No. 15 defensive-end prospect by Rivals.com, No. 44 by Scout.com and No. 73 by ESPN.com.

Morant, who had been in Athens since June, informed Richt of his decision to leave before Tuesday’s practice.

“He told me a couple of times,” Richt said. “We were working hard to try to keep him. He was leaving; then he was staying. He was leaving; then he was staying. He finally decided he wasn’t going to stay.

“He came to me with his keys in his hand and said he wanted to go. I sat with him and tried to get him to stay. He didn’t want to do it.”

Richt isn’t sure of Morant’s plans.

“As I spoke to him, it didn’t seem like he was that interested in playing football. Period,” Richt said. “He said, ‘Coach, if I really wanted to play football, Georgia is where I want to be. It’s just that I don’t know what I want to do right now.’ It was more of a feeling like he lost the desire to play the game.”

(AJC correspondent Andy Johnston contributed to this blog from Athens.)

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374 comments Add your comment

track dawg

August 4th, 2010
3:05 pm

the kid quit

GeoffDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:06 pm

Not good given our dearth of bodies at OLB. Looks like Gamble’s move just became permanent.

RxDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:08 pm

No room for quiters. That’s too bad, but you still have to work hard in life to move ahead despite the smoke blown up your ___ in high school.

Red Panties

August 4th, 2010
3:09 pm

He was blown away when he realized that most of his teammates were illiterate goons.

That’s enough to disillusion anybody.

There’s a reason UGA is known as The Cesspool of the South.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

August 4th, 2010
3:11 pm

RED PANTIES THAT WAS ALL VERY WITTY

charlotte dawg

August 4th, 2010
3:12 pm

i didnt realize “UGA is known as The Cesspool of the South”. please elaborate.

LakeHardingDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

Red Panties – You are just upset that you or your kid could not get in. Talk about an illiterate goon!

PMC

August 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

Try not to kill anyone in the aerospace engineering department with your samurai sword Red Panties.

Gators R Us

August 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

Now he’ll transfer to a real school where he can get a real education and some real coaching. It didn’t take him long to figure out what a joke and a laughingstock UGA is.

And he didn’t like wearing the red panties that Richt handed out to the new guys.

fan

August 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

red panties, no athens is referred to the CLASSIC CITY. only dumba$$ tech fans call athens that.

PMC

August 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

Imagine how many people would flunk out of tech if Social Skills 101 were a freshman requirement….

AltamahaDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

Somebody didn’t eat thier Jimmy Dean breakfast.

track dawg

August 4th, 2010
3:15 pm

GATORS R US

The boy said he dosen’t want to play football anymore. florida can have him. According to ugasports.com

AltamahaDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

CosPlay is the only tech freshman requirement.

Mikey in the SAV

August 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

I’m sure we will find out the “rest of the story” very soon.

Otto

August 4th, 2010
3:17 pm

Wouldn’t a cesspool be near a water treatment plant in a city that needs its sewer system overhauled?

dawgwalker

August 4th, 2010
3:18 pm

Don’t no facts yet but can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen

HugoStiglitz

August 4th, 2010
3:20 pm

Too bad for UGA. Kid looked like a solid player.

Reality

August 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

Let’s face it. He was too big for the red panties, became embarrassed, and quit. UGA will have to make larger sizes.

Recruiting guru

August 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

Some of the blame here could go to Richt and his evaluation process. Looks like Richt and his staff did a poor job of evaluating this kid- his heart, his desire, his drive. He must have just looked at his size and athletic ability solely and not talked to his coaches, advisors, or people around him to find out about the kid’s drive, character, etc. It also explains why the dawgs have such a plethora of player arrests and bad apples. Richt and his staff simply do a poor job of evaluating the intangibles of what makes a good football player and it continues to haunt us.

dawgfan

August 4th, 2010
3:23 pm

UGA didn’t want him anyway. Good riddance!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 4th, 2010
3:23 pm

is this red panties taunt supposed to make UGA fans upset? NEWS FLASH TO ALL THE UGA HATERS- nobody gives a crap about that. Makes you ‘tards look even more pathetic. we can all go back to the time a GT student posted an ad on craigslist that said “never been kissed”…how come everyone forgot about that??

Reality

August 4th, 2010
3:24 pm

@charlotte dawg -

The phrase, “The cesspool of the South,” has been used for decades to describe UGA. The fact that you’ve never heard it doesn’t shock me.

GA Tech has re-worded your rather pedestrian fight song, “Glory,” to include that phrase. Listen to the Tech student body this season and you will hear it.

Gaytors

August 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

I love watching the fans of a 7-5 football team this year slam other schools. funny.

Recruiting guru

August 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

Reality and Hugo Stiglitz,

The kid had the athletic ability-size, speed,etc. Richt just does a poor job of evaluating player’s mental toughness and their character. That’s why we have chronic 4 and 5 star players that underachieve and on top of underachieving get in frequent trouble with the law for the dumbest of things.

DawginLex

August 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

to all the hater tools who bash UGA:

FACTS:

UGA is increasingly more and more difficult to get into each year with the HOPE scholarship.

Many in-state kids CAN’T get in.

They end up at Auburn and Alabama.

Florida actually turns down in-state kids because of required quotas of multiple nationalities.

UGA is a much better school now than it was 20 years ago and the other schools get our leftovers.

Reality

August 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Wow. So you know these details about “never been kissed?” So then, tell us – did you finally kiss him?

Obvious

August 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

dawgwalker: “Don’t no facts yet but can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen”

…don’t look now but your UGA education is showing!

Recruiting guru

August 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

Reality,

I have never ever heard UGA called “the cesspool of the south”. Where does that come from?

Freshman leaves UGA : ChuckOliver.Net

August 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

DawginLex

August 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Cesspool of the south comes from the jealous nerd herd.

They can’t beat us so they call us names.

Sierra

August 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Did they make him turn in the official UGA red panties he was issued?

godawgs678

August 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

its too bad he left. he seemed like he would be a solid player. quite frankly, I wish that some people (a.k.a. tech fans and gator fans) would be mature enough to go on their own walls and blog.

kevin

August 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

Reality,

“The cesspool of the South” has been used for decades to describe UGA…by who? We have not heard it b/c it’s some sort of dorky inside joke at GT…or the password to your World of Warcaft ID.

AltamahaDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

Yea, they really should have a better “homesick radar” guru. Idiot!
Pollack almost quit twice before becoming one of the the most driven, biggest hearts on the team, and if it had been 2 degrees hotter that day, who knows.

Chronos

August 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

I’d like to see someone evaluate these “fabulous” recruiting classes taking into account the players who never show up, or leave before playing their first game.

DawginLex

August 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

when you quit at florida, do they make you turn in your AK-47?

Reality

August 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

@DawginLex

LOL! Did you just graduate from a ‘how to twist facts’ course? Your phrase “more difficult to get into each year” is right, but only because more and more high school graduates that aren’t even college worthy apply to UGA to party.

Look at the average SAT score of the applicants to UGA and you will see. UGA averages about 200 points less than GA Tech on the applicants. This was reported by the AJC and so you can verify it through their archives.

Just because UGA may have BILLIONS of idiots applying for admission does not speak well of the school.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

Really people, why don’t we wait and see why the kid wanted (needed) to leave before ripping him. Might be family matters or health etc.

Education

August 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

Dawginlex,

Its not as if Georgia is a freaking harvard or something. Of course Georgia is now a lot harder to get into than say Alabama and AU. Georgia has twice the population of Alabama and has the hope scholarship which means substantially more people than ever are applying to UGA. Far more applicants than available spots and the lottery making college affordable means UGA is now in much more demand. Its just simple supply and demand. Doesn’t mean UGA is all of a sudden some kind of Harvard of the South. And lets face it. Your academics are now where near as tough as Tech and you know it!

GeoffDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:31 pm

Reality, doesn’t the fact that tech has worked derisive comments about Georgia into their official school lexicon strike you as a massive inferiority complex? You even have rings made with the 2008 game score on them. Act like the little brother and you’ll always get treated like the little brother.

Obvious

August 4th, 2010
3:31 pm

DawginLex
August 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

“UGA is a much better school now than it was 20 years ago…”

… in other words, 20 years ago UGA was a really crappy school given that it’s a pretty crappy school now. I couldn’t agree more.

Moire

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Cesspool of the south comes from the jealous nerd herd.

They can’t beat us so they call us names.

You Dawg fans who keep repeating “30-24″ like a mantra enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against thug-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on posting your “30-24″ all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.  

DawginLex

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Did I mention Tech?

Of course not but don’t let the facts get in the way of your haterade.

Dorsey Hill

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Gators R Us,

Amazing insight. You’re right. His visits and summer workouts were not enough to make him realize what a mistake he made coming to UGA. It was the two days of practice that made everything clear. Especially the fact that the former Dallas Cowboy DL coach can’t coach a lick.

You know usually I think that fans of other teams who troll on Bulldog web sites are idiot losers with no life and even less brains. However, after reading your incredible insight I have to admit that the florida trolls are in a completely different category. I think labotomized fuc*tards is the most appropriate description for your group.

oh my gosh

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

The kid new he was going to flunk out anyways. You know ugay is so difficult. Or he couldn’t handle the glitzy night life of “Cow Town” athens. thwg

VixDawg

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

It’s summer practice. This is where you seperate the men from the boys. It’s tough no doubt.

destin dawg

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

these techies are pathetic on UGA blog… I mean get a life !!!! living in downtown getto.. crime, muggers, no women.. causes depression and bi polar behavior…stuck there watching business men leave for the suburbs at 5 or 6 PM. every day.. sirens all night.. scared to go out ???

The police

August 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Dawginlex,

With 40 players arrested since 2007 you guys have absolutely no standing in calling out somebody like Florida. For Pete’s sake your school is leading the 2010 Fulmer cup standings you idiot.

Reality

August 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

@Recruiting Guru and others….

I already explained the origins of the term “cesspool of the South” in my original posting. I do know that this has been used to describe UGA since at least the 70’s.

Just because you may have not heard of it speaks more about you than anything else.