Roster attrition occurring at alarming rate for Georgia football

ATHENS – Georgia has agreed on a new five-year contract for football coach Mark Richt, so clearly the UGA administration is happy with the job he’s doing. But one thing the Bulldogs’ 12-year coach appears to struggle with is simply keeping his players around.

If reports are true that defensive stars Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo are suspended for multiple games to start this season — UGA has yet to confirm or deny them — then it continues a trend of roster attrition that has occurred at an alarming rate the past few years.

Reviewing AJC archives over the past four years, these latest suspensions would bring to 28 the number of players who will not be playing for the Bulldogs at the beginning of the 2012 season who otherwise would be eligible.

Since January, the Bulldogs have lost 13 players to transfer, disciplinary punishment or inability to achieve academic eligibility. That number balloons to 19 including losses off of last year’s roster.

Here’s what I’ve been able to gather so far. Please feel free to advise me in the comments section if you think I’ve overlooked anyone.

DEPARTED DOGS

Player, would-be year: Comment

  1. LB Alec Ogletree, Jr.:  Reportedly faces multi-game suspension for team rules violations.
  2. FS Bacarri Rambo, Sr.: Reportedly faces multi-game suspension for team rules violations.
  3. TB Carlton Thomas, Sr.: Three separate one-game suspensions in 2011. Quit team before spring practice
  4. WR Sanford Seay, RFr.: Dismissed from team in January for rules violation.
  5. DB Chris Sanders, So.: Dismissed from team in January for rules violation.
  6. DB Nick Marshall, So.:  Dismissed from team in January for rules violation.
  7. CB Sanders Commings, Sr.: Gets 2-game suspension for simple battery, disorderly conduct conviction
  8. CB Branden Smith, Sr.: Faces suspension of at least one game for arrest on marijuana possession.
  9. CB Jordan Love, Jr.: Transferred after this past season for lack of playing time
  10. DE Jalen Fields, Jr.: 2010 signee failed to qualify after high school, then junior college
  11. DL Chris Mayes, So.: 2011 signee failed to qualify out of high school. Enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  12. WR Lonnie Outlaw, Jr.: 2010 signee failed to qualify after high school, then junior college
  13. LB Kent Turene, Fr.:  2011 signee failed to qualify out of high school. Last thought to be headed to Marshall.
  14. DB Jakar Hamilton, Sr.: Transferred due to lack of playing time
  15. DB Derek Owens, Jr.: Transferred due to lack of playing time
  16. OL Brent Benedict, So.: Transferred to Virginia Tech due to philosophical differences with UGA’s strength staff.
  17. OL A.J. Harmon, Sr.: Academic difficulties forced transfer to Alabama State. No longer with that program either.
  18. TB Washaun Ealey, Sr.: Transferred to Jacksonville State after multiple disciplinary run-ins at UGA
  19. QB Zach Mettenberger, Jr.: Dismissed after arrest (and eventual conviction) for sexual battery. Slated to start at LSU.
  20. TB Dontavius Jackson, Sr.: Transferred out after suspension for DUI. Senior at UAB.
  21. LB Demetre Baker, Jr.: Dismissed from team following arrest for DUI. Now star RB at South Alabama.
  22. TE Bryce Ros, Jr.: Medically disqualified
  23. OL Johnathan Owens, Sr.: Medically disqualified
  24. DE Jeremy Longo, Sr.: Medically disqualified
  25. DE Toby Jackson, Sr.: Failed to qualify, signed with UCF after junior college and now a senior there.
  26. DB Makiri Pugh, Sr.: Transferred to Colorado due to lack of playing time at UGA.
  27. DE Montez Robinson, Sr.: Dismissed after arrest on domestic violence charges
  28. OL Chris Little, Sr.: Transferred to junior college, played one year at Southern University, ruled ineligible.

NOTE: Tailback Caleb King (academically ineligible), linebacker Marcus Dowtin (transfer) and safety Nick Williams (transfer) also left with eligibility remaining, but that eligibility would have been exhausted by this season.

473 comments Add your comment

dawgdays

March 29th, 2012
11:12 am

dawgdays

March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Only the news worth reporting…

Coach Johnson

March 29th, 2012
11:14 am

I’ve got my can of mace so I can go to the library. #watchoveryourshoulderontheflats

Godawgs123

March 29th, 2012
11:15 am

Thank God we undersign. Wouldn’t want to have other options!

SmyrnaMan

March 29th, 2012
11:16 am

Phil Fulmer 2.0 minus the Crystal

Newman

March 29th, 2012
11:18 am

Just keep loving ‘em.

Coach Chizik

March 29th, 2012
11:19 am

Geeze, you people act like they’ve committed armed robbery or something.

Coach Dooley

March 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Y’all want Da’Rick back?

Bob

March 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Sure looks like we’re too busy treating the symptoms rather than trying to solve the problem. Do any of these players realize the “gift” of an athletic scholarship? The responsibility to their teammates for their actions…on and off the field? Or the gratitude to the fans, season ticket purchasers, and donors who make this possible? Or do we really need a head coach and asst. coaches who can remind them from time to time? Just thinking.

Bad Dawg

March 29th, 2012
11:22 am

Seems to me like there is a discipline problem. The solution would be to recruit better young men or hire a stricter head coach. Go Dawgs!

Joey

March 29th, 2012
11:22 am

Wow! “Thomas Brown” has been posting this stat for months.

Boy, a team made up of those guys could win the SEC . . .

Coach Steve Spurrier

March 29th, 2012
11:23 am

Good, I was wondering what happened to all the 5 Stars UGA signs, now I know. Thanks for clarification.

BamaFan

March 29th, 2012
11:23 am

You get what you recruit…..Not hard to figure out.

Fred

March 29th, 2012
11:23 am

I understand why it would be easy to blame Coach Richt. However, students make their own choices and Mark Richt cannot be with them 24/7.

Crimedog

March 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Richt will find a way to minimize damage before the MO game with the usual slap on the wrist and wink.

dawgdays

March 29th, 2012
11:24 am

You think Jordan Love is rethinking his lack of playing time now?

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Coach Muschamp

March 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Will someone please take A.C. Leonard off of my hands?

Bulldog Long and 4Ever

March 29th, 2012
11:25 am

For this UGA alum and loyalist, the Branden Smith arrest has just about done me in. With these two latest ones, I’m just throwing in the towel. This is so tiresome. I think any violators should just be kiced off the team and open up the scholarships to people who want them. Finally had enough.

lucky21

March 29th, 2012
11:26 am

25 players gone is alot(I don’t count the medical cases those are different and sad) that’s close to pandemic status, and someone needs to take responsibility for these occurences.

Stephen Garcia

March 29th, 2012
11:27 am

Coach Steve Spurrier couldn’t handle the raw energy I possess.

Clarke County Warden

March 29th, 2012
11:27 am

Oh Georgia fans, how amusing that you try and spin this as UGA holding a higher standard because they are punishing these players. How about you be honest and just admit UGA has a quota of having 15% of their players arrested each season. You must be so proud. Get off the Richt koolaide.

That's a Fact Jack

March 29th, 2012
11:27 am

Kids are going to be kids. The problem isn’t what the kids do. They ALL do it. Every football program has the same problems and the same kinds/types of problems.

What to watch for is how the coach handles those problems. At UGA, everyone always talks about how the players are suspended or arrested or kicked off the team as a coaching problem. However, the FACT that the players are getting busted for their mistakes says Coach Richt is taking care of business. At Bama… same things are going on. But the kids aren’t in trouble for their mistakes. Same with most places in the country.

Zach Mettingberger gets kicked off the team… but shows up at LSU. Why? Because Richt won’t put up with what Miles WILL put up with.

How a coach handles the given mistakes of their players is what to watch for. If there’s a coach without players getting in trouble… it’s because they haven’t felt the need to address the issues and make them public because they ARE going on.

Chris

March 29th, 2012
11:28 am

Maybe if other coaches actually enforced team rules, UGA would not be the only team with suspension issues. Great job CMR!!!! Keep it up

Joey

March 29th, 2012
11:29 am

I don’t think the “signature hugs” are working anymore . . .

George Stein

March 29th, 2012
11:29 am

I think that’s probably pretty correct, Fact Jack.

SimpleDawg

March 29th, 2012
11:30 am

Troubling…..

Character issues always come back to bite you in the arse.

PartyDog

March 29th, 2012
11:32 am

no big deal–just suspend them for those early creampuff games. The Dogs can win those games easy minus a few starters. Just get them back for Fla and Auburn!

Abe Lincoln

March 29th, 2012
11:33 am

You can add another player to the list. I have told that 3 starters failed the last drug test.

That's a Fact Jack

March 29th, 2012
11:33 am

I take back what I said, clearly I’m an idiot. As a UGA fan I’ve been brought to believe all college football players are destine to get in trouble and I’ve had so much Richt Koolaide I actually believe UGA holds a higher standard because of the high volume of suspensions. Give me a few minutes and I’ll come up with some more asinine comments spinning this to some positive light for Georgia fans in denial.

badnews

March 29th, 2012
11:34 am

The AJC needs to spend more time digging up dirt on alabama, tennessee and auburn and quit focusing on all this bad stuff in athens–I’m tired of reading about all these arrests. Alabama and tennessee cover up everything.

Uh, Fact Jack...

March 29th, 2012
11:35 am

Wasn’t the starting QB at LSWho suspended BY LES MILES for several of the games just last year? So, how can you say that Les Miles puts up with stuff that Richt does not? Mettenberger WAS Richt’s problem, not Miles’, and as far as I know, Mett has not done anything wrong while at LSWho…

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

March 29th, 2012
11:37 am

Put me down on the side of bringing back the athletic dorms. No one could possibly keep a close eye on that many athletes scattered all over Athens.
I agree that the athletes should be responsible and not require a (forgive me) watchdog, but look at the list above and tell me that is the norm for the Dogs over the past few years.
Times have changed. Football players are catered to like they are rock stars. Unfortunately, many of them act like they are. I must agree with Richt’s discipline; the problem is we don’t make it easy for him when these “rock stars” have too much freedom and consider themselves above the law.
I will always be proud to be a Bulldog fan, but right now I’m a disgusted one, as well.

Unfortunately, badnews...

March 29th, 2012
11:37 am

…the writer of this blog, a UGA grad, takes great pride in dumping on his alma mater every chance he gets – he does it under the guise of “investigative journalism”, which is a crock, yet he does not care…

SEC Football

March 29th, 2012
11:38 am

DO THESE KIDS REALIZE THE STUPID THINGS THEY DO NOW WILL COST THEM DOWN THE ROAD IF THEY HAVE NFL POTENTIAL. IF THEY WERE MINE RICHT WOULD NOT HAVE TO PUNISH THEM BECAUSE I WOULD MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENED AGAIN. THE COACHES CANNOT BABYSIT THEM 24 HOURS A DAY. IT STARTS AT HOME!!!!!!!!!

George Stein

March 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Not their job, badnews.

Dawg Haus

March 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Good grief…

Joey

March 29th, 2012
11:39 am

“Great job CMR!!!! Keep it up”
**********************************
After an article like this, that remark just takes the cake.

Holy crap, the fan-boys sure love them some Mark Richt.

Just maybe, Chris, other coaches actually enforce team rules, and their players actually respect and even fear their HC a little.

GTBob

March 29th, 2012
11:39 am

When you recruit low quality individuals and treat them like they are kings of the world then you really shouldn’t be surprised when they get in trouble.

Realistic

March 29th, 2012
11:41 am

It’s all about who you bring in as recruits. They may be 5 stars but, if they have character issues and are never on the field what good does it do you?

Clarke County College for Girls and Effeminate Boys

March 29th, 2012
11:42 am

we love bad boyz at CCCGEB…

some sense

March 29th, 2012
11:42 am

Chip,

This has gotta be it.

We need a major cultural change at UGA.

As bad as some of the other prograns are, none has come to this.

This is awful.

Abe Lincoln

March 29th, 2012
11:42 am

These are not the only 2.

Gene Chiziki

March 29th, 2012
11:45 am

looks like UGA needs god on their side

High School Athlete

March 29th, 2012
11:45 am

Man these guys need to grow up. I am currently a sophmore in high school and love sports and the Bulldogs. I play football, basketball, and track. I am 6 feet, 150 pounds, and i’m not fast or strong. How i would love to earn a athletic scholarship to get into college for free. Me and my 2 siblings are studious students, so my parents will be sending 3 kids to college in 8 years. All we have is HOPE and currently if my grades stay up i’ll be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship. Its sad that these guys are only getting an opportunity 2% of high school athletes get and they are wasting it. If I was in this boat. there aint no way I would let it go to waste.

Dawg Haus

March 29th, 2012
11:45 am

Chip, I think “alarming” is an understatement. Something HAS to be done at UGA to prevent this nonsense from occurring on such a regular basis. I can’t believe these kids have such a low level of respect for themselves, their teammates, their coaches and the university they represent on the football field.

Alphare

March 29th, 2012
11:46 am

Drove by Athens one time, not impressed to say the least.

Now somehow I feel that place is a drug zone. I don’t think I ever want my child to be in that kind of environment.

East Repeat

March 29th, 2012
11:47 am

South Carolina will be East champs. UGA will be East chumps. Disaster season ahead, warm up the HOT SEAT for CMR.

UGA policy to blame . . .

March 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Will people please stop talking about a culture change. UGA (the school) has a no drug use enforcement policy that the NCAA does not require and frankly no other SEC school requires. Drug use among not just college football players but college students abounds. While I am disappointed, please don’t act like UGA is different from any other college program.

evil empire

March 29th, 2012
11:49 am

Something HAS to be done at UGA to prevent this nonsense from occurring on such a regular basis…

you did do something…you gave an extension to the problem…that bogus 10 game winning streak against nobody clouded your decision…Fulmer Cup should be changed to Richt Cup….credit where credit is due…he’s earned it…