Freshman LB rejoins UGA team four days after quitting

(From AJC correspondent Andy Johnston in Athens:)

Dexter Morant, the freshman linebacker who quit the Georgia football team on Tuesday, rejoined the Bulldogs today.

Coach Mark Richt said Morant called him on Friday and asked if he could  return to the team.

Richt said he conferred with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and the senior players before agreeing to let Morant return.

Morant participated on a limited basis  in today’s practice.

Morant, a 6-foot-7, 240-pounder from Manning, S.C., signed with Georgia in February. He did not practice Monday, the Bulldogs’ first day of preseason camp, and told Richt the next day that he was leaving the team.

But since then, Richt said today, Morant had sent text messages to several players indicating he made a mistake by leaving.

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. He projects as an outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

In other news today, wide receiver Rantavious Wooten has a sprained left knee. Richt said he expects Wooten to be sidelined for a couple of weeks.

For more on Morant’s return and other notes from Saturday’s practice, click here.

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5 Buck Box

August 7th, 2010
7:41 pm

uga bill

August 7th, 2010
7:44 pm

Dang coach, are you gunna let them all quit for a week ?

uga bill

August 7th, 2010
7:45 pm

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poopdawg

August 7th, 2010
7:50 pm

Good luck Dexter, things will get better. GO DAWGS!

Jacket Spray

August 7th, 2010
7:51 pm

Finally came to his senses. Although, I question his character and his ability to play like a true UGA bulldawg!

poopdawg

August 7th, 2010
7:52 pm

Bill , ever been away from home?

rogeriter

August 7th, 2010
7:53 pm

Good for him. And please everyone–don’t come on here berating this young man! He’s a little mixed up now. But he’s willing to admit to a mistake. Give him a break.

Paul Johnson

August 7th, 2010
7:53 pm

Damn it! Our chances certainly aren’t getting better.

QB

August 7th, 2010
7:59 pm

I mean the kid is 18 years old and from a small town and his first time away from home I mean give him a break its ok to be home sick its human nature when you go off to college. I believe he may have went home for a few days and realized that going to sschool and getting a free college degree is the right choice to make since a lot of kids don’t get the opportunity to go to college. Good Luck Dexter and keep your eye on the prize you will be a damn good dog.

kerryb

August 7th, 2010
7:59 pm

Eighteen year old kid, first time awat from home, and confused. Give him a break. He will grow up and maybe be one of the best players on our defense in a couple of years.

POSER

August 7th, 2010
8:03 pm

I don’t blame the kid. Its hot as hell in Athens and all that sweating.But if he’ll just keep his mind frame on the fall and the games and just hang in there he will never regret comming back.

ToccoaDawg

August 7th, 2010
8:03 pm

The young man got home sick probably the first time he had ever been away that long. The seniors understood this feeling. Now he has had a soul search and came back. This may not be a bad thing. Leave the young man alone.

Octavious,Dontavious and Rantavious

August 7th, 2010
8:03 pm

Uh oh …..Excuses are starting to reign in. Hows the midget?

Truth

August 7th, 2010
8:04 pm

Welcome back Dexter! In 4 years, you can look back and know that you made the right choice to return to Athens, if for nothing else, the fact that you will have a college degree in your hand.

Tide Roll

August 7th, 2010
8:05 pm

Guys, How would you like to be
Bean Anderson. You’re whole future was based on you playing offense. Then you’re moved and there goes your future. Kind of like Kiante Tripp, who Richt predicted would be an 1st round draft pick as an OT. There’s something about Richt that seems a little fake. He professes to care about the kids and then does this kind of stuff to them. Roll tide.

Right On Time

August 7th, 2010
8:06 pm

Hard to make the decision to leave. Harder to admit a mistake and ask to come back.

He will either quit again soon or will be a tremendous player for the next few years.

Good luck to him.

kerryb

August 7th, 2010
8:10 pm

Roll Tise, worry about your Alabama team and keep your nose out of ours. You don’t know what you are talking about. You want to see something fake? look at Nick Saban when he tries to act like a decent human being. Bean was asked if he wanted to move to defense and he was excited about it. Kiante Tripp was asked to move there because we were thin on the defensive line at taht time. They asked these guys if they want to do that, they don’t demand that they do it like Saban would.

Duluth Dawg

August 7th, 2010
8:17 pm

Tide Roll.
Bean Anderson has a learning disability that Coach Searels and the other linemen have tried to work with and through for 2 seasons. This issue has made his play on the offensive line rather erratic. Bean’s best chance to play at the next level is at nose guard, where he is now playing.

Before you make anymore STUPID remarks, know what you are talking about. You should feel pretty dumb for your remarks about Richt above. Stay off the UGA blog and worry about your own team.

Tuckdawg

August 7th, 2010
8:23 pm

Tide Roll mind your business Nick Satan is evil he does what he wants when he wants all the time just wait till he screws the tide like he has EVERYONE else then lets see how you feel. Now good for you Dexter welcome back and we true Dawg fans are happy to have you everybody gets cold feet at sometime you made the right choice GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGGGGGGGGGGS!!!!! GATA!!!!

Football Fan

August 7th, 2010
8:28 pm

This guy is a kid. Cut him some slack. Glad he’s back. Besides, many of these kids come from different home situations than what many people realize.

Tide Roll

August 7th, 2010
8:29 pm

Duluth Dawg. That’s sounds like more UGA B.S. They must have known the kid had a learning diability when they signed him. I’m sure there have been many highly successful OLs with learning disabilities. Richt is just looking for an excuse to play Chris Davis ahead of him . Bean with a learning disability is better than Davis. It’s not about that and Richt knows it. Maybe it’s because they lack size at nose or they feel that Geathers isn’t ready, but I don’t think that’s the only reason do you? For whatever the reason they’ve ruined the Kid’s furture ,just like Kiante’s. Roll tide

Glad You are Back!!! Welcome Home!!!!

August 7th, 2010
8:30 pm

Welcome Home Dexter. Life has many twists and turns. The slate is clean, we’re glad to have you and wish you the best. Life is tough sometimes and quitting is seldom the answer. I pray you will make the most of this second chance. You seem like such a fine young man and we’re glad you are a Dawg!!!!

track dawg

August 7th, 2010
8:32 pm

the kid came back

WITHOUT LINDSEY SCOTT,THERE'S NO 1980 TITLE

August 7th, 2010
8:32 pm

U SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN SOUTH CAROLINA,BUT YOUR FAMILY SAID GET THE HE!! ON BACK 2 ATHENS,GA!

Ted Striker

August 7th, 2010
8:33 pm

Anyone who counts will agree the slate is clean. Welcome back.

ugaaccountant

August 7th, 2010
8:41 pm

This is great news! Not many coaches would handle this with the class that Richt did. This will be a moment in Morant’s life that will make a lot of difference in growing into a man. I’d think that he’ll be very driven now to succeed.

Dawggunnit

August 7th, 2010
8:41 pm

Welcome home, Dexter! Make us all proud!

Forrest Gump

August 7th, 2010
8:43 pm

Tide Roll (Wipe)

Stupid is as stupid does

kerryb

August 7th, 2010
8:46 pm

I’m going to love it when Alabama, getting all this #1 hype, falls flat on their faces.

Worm

August 7th, 2010
8:47 pm

Dexter, Times are tough..I’ve seen many all-americans go home, only to return and have great careers..Good luck to you and congrats on making the honor roll!

Gravy Train

August 7th, 2010
8:48 pm

Good choice Dexter. Stay with UGA and they will prepare you for the next level. Champions get drafted the highest. It would’ve been a shame to see God given ability go to waste.

Big L

August 7th, 2010
8:49 pm

All u holier than thou jags need to lay off. I am sure at the age of 18, you were all totally dependable and strait up citzens. He’s a kid.

DAWG 1

August 7th, 2010
8:50 pm

Tide Roll – I suppose you chose that name because of what certain rolls are used for, huh. Wipe your mouth while you are at it, because you are obviously obsessed with UGA since you know so much about the players. You are probably P O’ed because you could not get into UGA.
This kid is full of character because he had the ba!!s to admit he made a mistake. He just needed to get home, see mama, eat some soul food and think. He realized he wanted to get to the next level, and to accomplish that he had to sweat out being homesick and college. Hopefully he will get home to see mama often enough to keep his mind on his future.

jim

August 7th, 2010
8:51 pm

Tide Roll…still spending tons of time discussing UGA football…weirdo

CLEVON LITTLE

August 7th, 2010
9:00 pm

Welcome back

Bdawg

August 7th, 2010
9:04 pm

Great decision to let him return. Hopefully he’s worked out whatever problem he had. Now it’s time for him to buckle down and play some hard nosed football. Does anybody know if we are still recruiting Ray Drew and Stephon Tuitt and how aggressive are we going after both of them?

NW Georgia Dawg

August 7th, 2010
9:08 pm

If you’ve been through Manning, SC, it’s hard to imagine being homesick for it, but nevertheless, young kids make mistakes. I had wondered if he might be back, and I’m glad he is. Hopefully he’ll mature and develop into a solid player.

Roll Tide: I’m sure no kid has ever changed positions at Alabama. I mean it’s absurd to think that Bean Anderson at 6′5″ 325+ with explosion off the ball might have a future at the next level as nose guard rather than a run-of-the mill right tackle. You’re an idiot.

I Could Have Put Some Lame Name Here

August 7th, 2010
9:09 pm

With out linsdey that is teh stupidest name/thought ever. First of all it wasn’t the last plkay of the game.

With out Spurrier UF would have no National Title. With out Urban UF ….
etc etc etc
With out the wishbone etc etc etc
STFU!!!!

Jacket Spray

August 7th, 2010
9:09 pm

I agree Duluth Dawg stay on your own blog Tide Roll. I’m just glad the kid came back!

Joe for 3

August 7th, 2010
9:10 pm

“But since then, Richt said today, Manning had sent text messages to several players indicating he made a mistake by leaving.”

Who is Manning?

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2010
9:15 pm

The good thing about going off to college is you can change your mind and it may work out. Not so when joining the Armed Forces.

steve

August 7th, 2010
9:17 pm

six foot seven linebacker ???? come on make him a de

Hilarious

August 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

I’m surprised so many are understanding and welcoming Morant back, since he was a “quitter” and not worth a scholarship last week.

Funny how that works.

bonairedawg

August 7th, 2010
9:22 pm

anybody ever notice how many folks ar FROM alerbamer????

phillip

August 7th, 2010
9:24 pm

I’m a Bama fan, and I try to be a ‘good’ one. I enjoy this board when the football talk is good. I hate the petty, 8th grade, back and forth stuff.

Hiram Dawg

August 7th, 2010
9:27 pm

Who’s Manning? Anyone at AJC reviewing the spew before it goes to the public?

Pitbull

August 7th, 2010
9:29 pm

I can’t believe Dexter quit! Wait, I can’t believe he came back! Wait, I can’t believe he quit! Wait…

ASA

August 7th, 2010
9:31 pm

REMEMBER 35 YEARS AGO WHEN MIKE MOONPIE WILSON WENT HOME 2 TIMES HIS FRESHMAN YEAR MIKE IS AND STILL IS A FAMILY MAN MISSED HIS FAMILY,HE CAME BACK TO BE ONE OF GA GREATEST BEING INDUCTED INTO GA HALL OF FAME PLUS PLAYING 14 OR 15 YEARS IN THE PROS SO YOU THAT DON’T BELIEVE THIS KID CAN COME BACK TO BE A GREAT PLAYER GO PULL FOR SOMEONE ELSE DAWGS DON”T NEED YOU

Octavious,Dontavious and Rantavious

August 7th, 2010
9:33 pm

Dont know who Manning is but do know the dawgs better Man – up or they could get more beatdowns this year…….

Festus

August 7th, 2010
9:39 pm

6′ 7″ ?? Duz thait thare boy haive any hawp in him? Aw Shucks he culd blawk them xtree point tries or field golds.