Team leaders preach accountability as Georgia loses another player to transfer

ATHENS – The hits just keep coming for the Georgia Bulldogs.

For the second time in as many days, a player informed coach Mark Richt he was unhappy with his role on the team and is seeking a transfer.

Deas

Deas

Marc Deas, a redshirt sophomore safety from Kissimmee, Fla., has decided to quit the team due to lack of playing time and is seeking a transfer, Richt said Saturday. Deas joins junior defensive lineman Derrick Lott, who made a similar decision less than 24 hours earlier.

“It was really an almost identical situation,” Richt said. “[Deas] felt like he wasn’t going to get the opportunity to get the kind of playing time he was hoping for at Georgia. I think both kids love Georgia, and we love them. They just didn’t feel it was going to happen for them during the time frame that they were here. So they decided to move on and go where they feel like they’re going to have a better chance of playing. That’s their choice to make.”

Their choices came on the heels of news earlier this week that at two of Georgia’s star defensive players – linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo – are facing multiple-game suspension after failing a UGA-administered drug tests. Alan Ingram, Rambo’s coach at Seminole County High School, confirmed that Rambo is expected to miss four games due to marijuana use and said as many as five UGA players, includingOgletree, flunked surprise post-spring-break drug screenings arranged by the athletic association.

Richt and Georgia officials have refused to confirm or deny those and other reports, but have acknowledged they’re in the midst of “a process that has to run its course.”

Richt insisted Saturday the decisions of Lott and Deas have nothing to do with any ongoing disciplinary matters.

“There was no discipline issue, there were no problems, no academic issues,” Richt said. “They were just looking for an opportunity to play. . . . I’m telling you that straight up.”

Georgia has incurred an alarming rate of attrition in 2012. Since the Bulldogs returned from their Outback Bowl loss to Michigan State on Jan. 3, 11 players have either left the Bulldogs, been dismissed from the team or are expected to miss games due to disciplinary suspensions. In addition toOgletree and Rambo, fellow defensive starters Sanders Commings and Branden Smith are also facing suspensions. Tailback Carlton Thomas and cornerback Jordan Love each quit due to a lack of playing time and three other players were dismissed in the wake of a dorm-room theft.

All this negativity is occurring at a time when Georgia is being mentioned as a national championship contender for next season. That’s starting to grate on the Bulldogs’ players that have managed to stay in line.

“We’re going through some stuff and, as a team, we have to work together to solve those issues,” said linebacker Christian Robinson, a senior from Norcross . “We have two weeks left of spring ball and then we’ll have a break. We’ll definitely sit down as a group and lay down what our expectations are as far as holding each other accountable. We have such a great opportunity. We don’t want to throw it away. At this point it’s about grabbing whatwe’ve got left and dealing with it.”

Said senior defensive end Cornelius Washington: “There’s a whole lot of distractions. But, you know, you’ve just got to bring the guys in and tell them, ‘look, you’ve got to eliminate the outside distractions and focus in on what’s most important, which is try to get to Miami next year.’ So you’ve got to keep instilling the idea of what we’re trying to get done around here and just make sure they keep pushing.”

In the cases of Deas and Lott, it doesn’t appear that their losses will profoundly impact Georgia’s ability to compete. Deas (6-foot-1, 197 pounds) had three tackles last season playing mainly special teams. Lott (6-4, 303) appeared in five games in his career and recorded a total of 10 tackles.

But the sum total of the Bulldogs’ attrition is starting to stack up. Including past signees that  failed to gain academic admission and players that have had to leave the program for any reason, Georgia is up to 30 players that could have had eligibility for the 2012 season.

“You definitely need as full of a boat as you can have,” Richt said. “You want to make sure you have enough guys out there to do all of your special teams work and everything. But that’s part of the reason we’re making sure that every guy, from the starters on offense and defense down through the scout team, are getting work [on special teams].”

179 comments Add your comment

01HAWK

March 31st, 2012
4:40 pm

SHIP is sinking fast. Yes it is………………………………..CMR

01HAWK

March 31st, 2012
4:40 pm

Oh, I was first. LOL

01HAWK

March 31st, 2012
4:41 pm

Speaking of BOATS……………………..The TITANIC at UGA is sinking fast.

01HAWK

March 31st, 2012
4:42 pm

ATHENS – The hits just keep coming for the Georgia Bulldogs.

I could not have stated it better.

david p

March 31st, 2012
4:48 pm

Ouch. Athens, we have a problem

Dawg Haus

March 31st, 2012
4:50 pm

Robinson hit the nail on the head. The players need to hold each other accountable to keep the off-the-field shenanigans under control. In terms of the guys transferring, there’s not a whole lot than can be done other than wish them well. If their hearts weren’t in it at Georgia, it’s best for both parties to sever ties.

Dawg Haus

March 31st, 2012
4:52 pm

*that can be done…

sogadog

March 31st, 2012
4:59 pm

Ok thats it. Between the end of recruiting and fall practice, there is never any good news concerning UGA football. The only headlines are about players goofing up and leaving the team.

Therefore I resolve not to read the sports page until August.

Adios everyone, see you this fall. GO DAWGS!!

Fan of the Game

March 31st, 2012
5:01 pm

Just a sign of the times, no matter what school. Many players don’t want to try to stay, work hard and beat out anybody so they hit the road. Now if they flat can’t beat out the next guy, they don’t stay and be a good team guy so they hit the road. Just like high school, they just quit or go play another sport.

Fan of the Game

March 31st, 2012
5:03 pm

Also the character and integrity of NCAA athletics, particularly football and basketball is going downhill.

*SlowClap*

March 31st, 2012
5:05 pm

This is getting absolutely hysterical.

01HAWK

March 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

Vance Duly

March 31st, 2012
5:15 pm

Well — hopefully, we’ll have at least 24 scholarship players on the roster (including a punter & kicker) by the time the season arrives……… It seems logical that there might be something more behind the scenes, especially with Deas, since our depth there has already disappeared due to suspensions and other guys leaving….. Maybe I should abandon my usual “GO DAWGS” and say “STAY, DAWGS!”…

Clifton Crowsummore

March 31st, 2012
5:18 pm

How soon can we get Da’Rick on the field?

ScoutDawg

March 31st, 2012
5:19 pm

Wow, A whole lot of nothin’ blown up into a non-story. Good job Hawk, at least you have something to be proud of, “cricketts”.

01HAWKisTECHfan

March 31st, 2012
5:21 pm

No one who actually pays real attention to the Dawgs reads this rag so 01HAWK you are only hearing Crickets because no one cares. GTech is gonna suck again, and its funny we got to keep our sec east champ what happened to tech acc champ? oh ya you lost it from cheating, im sorry.

Hilton Head, Jr.

March 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

If you pick up Da’Rick, do you have to take Nance too?

ScoutDawg

March 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

Yes, what he said. +1 DAWGZILLION.

01HAWKisTECHfan

March 31st, 2012
5:27 pm

UGA will surprise everyone with the play of their backups this year, and everyone will see what a real coach like Coach Todd Damn Grantham can do with football players. Coach Fatty Tubbs over at Tech is gonna get crushed again this year. I can’t wait to beat Tech every year, and its funny because if Tech fans weren’t such jerks I would actually feel bad for them. Get ready world! The Junkyard Dawgs are back.

Paddy

March 31st, 2012
5:28 pm

I really wan’t to read some good news and soon. this is wearing me out!

Dawg Haus

March 31st, 2012
5:30 pm

Probably a good policy, sogadog. I just can’t help it. We’ll see you in August, brother!

RiverDawg

March 31st, 2012
5:32 pm

Keep positive people, this stuff happens at other schools as well. Making negative comments do not help.

01HAWKisTECHfan

March 31st, 2012
5:32 pm

The problem you have SOGADAWG is that you read this rag for Dawg info. http://www.thedawgbone.net is the best site for bulldog news. All sides of the story, not just the negative ones, like this free blog we are seeing now

evil empire

March 31st, 2012
5:35 pm

let me give yall a heads up…at wrestlemania tomorrow night, cena beats the rock, with help of rome, georgia’s own arn anderson…you heard it here first…go dawgs!!! remember when rome was the bad boy in georgia high school football??

bkbroila

March 31st, 2012
5:35 pm

LOL…who cares…good thing we don’t play SC in week 2 anymore…we will be missing some starters in week 2 against Mizz and Vandy, but we can handle them…boy, oh boy…Rambo is gonna be fresh for the second half of the season…he’s gonna be a worldbeater when it comes to catching INTs thrown right to him without a receiver within 10 yards and man, oh man….I’m gonna miss him getting toasted on the double triple quadruple halfback passes that he gets burnt on every 2 games….NFL roster is 60 or so….UGA will be just fine…Just think, 8 of the returning starters were thinking of going pro…look on the bright side….

Dawg Haus

March 31st, 2012
5:35 pm

Dawg Sports is a good one, too: http://www.dawgsports.com/

Gatohater

March 31st, 2012
5:37 pm

I was hungry and ate some brownies if found on the counter has got to be the most bogus response I’ve ever heard…who be leaves that?? That’s right up there with.. Ops.. I just slipped and my johnson ended up in your girlfriend! Sorry dude!

bwell

March 31st, 2012
5:43 pm

what ahole at uga decided to give a drug test after spring break. how about after spring practice is up. Really. I understand the reason behind it; but darn the coaches couldnt have said hey you may be tested after spring break be careful. This is sad. They didnt leave b/c of not having any playing time. Thats bs. they left for other reasons. Hopefully we can rebound from this and make good on the upcoming season. And all of this cant recruit a player because of charcter, feed that crap to someone else. The kid that stole something from the locker room last year that is now at tenn. wow he looks like a saint now.

Dawglasville

March 31st, 2012
5:48 pm

Gatohater – Can’t believe that got through.That is funny.

It is time for the seniors on this team and to read these guys the riot act. Some of this behavior is just so unbelievably selfish.

Benchwarmers

March 31st, 2012
5:49 pm

Let me see. People who do not play or no chance of really playing leave. And you nitwits say the ship is sinking? Maybe you have never played sports. Atheletes want to play as racehorses like to run. If you cannot run, go to another pasture, time is short. It is not a crime to go somewhere where you can live a dream, go, have fun, and these guys are smart enough to read the tea leaves. If anything, it shows CMR is bringing in better players than what is on the roster. Fire CMR? That is idiot talk.

BamaTrash

March 31st, 2012
5:50 pm

hay we dont drug test come play fer us

BamaTrash

March 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

evil u sownd like a butt hurt tek fan

ugalee

March 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Mark Richt is always preaching love together ness etc. But in the end, it doesnt seem like the players really buy in to all of his feel good BS. Ultimately they do whatever the heck they want. Really, does anybody reallliy believe that the players respect CMR or are they just glad that hes a gullible bible beater that wont hold their feet to the fire. There is no way that this leaderless outfit is going to win anything of consequence next season just like in 08. History just keeps repeating…………

BamaTrash

March 31st, 2012
5:53 pm

war eagle yall

LakeDawg

March 31st, 2012
5:53 pm

The attitude at UGA has to change NOW! It might already be too late for next season. The overarching theme at UGA the past 5-6 years is the players aren’t ALL IN! There’s plenty of blame to pass around. Senior leadership, current culture, parents, etc. Bottom line, however, when it becomes the culture of the team for a long period of time it is the fault of the coaching staff.

Say it ain't so

March 31st, 2012
5:56 pm

say what? I thought the Parade was today. You know the one to show off all the Dream Team members from the last 4 years. You know, the ones who were going to bring up the national championship. I realize we say that every year for the last 32 years but CMR you promised. Or those idiots on sports radio in Atlanta did, cannot remember now.

Anyway, I’m standing here on Peachtree Road waiting for the hawg dawgs to come by on a float beating their chest how great we are and we don’t even have to play Bama or LSU to prove it.

Wow, all I see is some idiot with a bumper stick that says Honk If a Dream Team member hauled arse out of Athens today.

U=DUMB

March 31st, 2012
6:00 pm

Why isnt anyone mentioning the absolutely BRUTAL schedules we had all the previous years? Cuz it proves your point worthless?

Do these morons think UGA or any other school picks their schedule?

evil empire

March 31st, 2012
6:03 pm

no bama, not a tech fan..if you cross me however, you’ll be recognized as butthurt bama trash…you can believe that boy…

Macclenny_dawg

March 31st, 2012
6:08 pm

Just another reason we should sign a full 25 scholarships. Its called insurance 4 problems like this. Also Uga should lower their standards on their policy 2 match other SEC programs. This is just another reason we cannot win a NC!!! Sick and tired of everytime u read about Uga its negative!!! I am sick of the Preaching of excellence its time we demand it!!!

SayWhat

March 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

Who did USCe play last season that the Dawgs didnt? Ark? Dawgs played LSU in Dome.
UGA had same or harder schedule. So why all the hate on Georgia……lol

U=DUMB

March 31st, 2012
6:13 pm

intranet theats LMAO @ u watertrash

BamaTrash

March 31st, 2012
6:15 pm

evil u reetard come too bama an see wut happens

pj

March 31st, 2012
6:18 pm

From the football side of things – we are about to not have a 2 deep. We can put our starters out there and look great, but when south carolia and florida take us deep into games – we won’t have the gas because all of our backups are gone.
I always look at things half full, but the only thing half full here is a cup of cloudy urine…

BamaTrash

March 31st, 2012
6:19 pm

im senior dis yaer and jus moved to riverside ill be the won wit my foot up yer butt

UGADawg91

March 31st, 2012
6:20 pm

Sounds like 2 more scholarships for the 2013 class. Any JC DB’s around that can be picked up this late? Not too worried about losing Lott because there is plenty of DL depth. But the secondary is really thin already and losing another guy has to hurt.

Froude

March 31st, 2012
6:21 pm

Said senior defensive end Cornelius Washington: “There’s a whole lot of distractions.”

The pot calling the kettle black.

don4654

March 31st, 2012
6:27 pm

This is why Saban signs all he can every year.Guys flunk out,guys transfer for playing time ,guys get into trouble,guys get hurt.Happens to every team every year

And you're paying Richt how many million a year for this crap?

March 31st, 2012
6:28 pm

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see through Richt’s lies and figure out that Lott and Deas failed the drug test.

Will any of Richt’s goons still be around by September?

GSUBB

March 31st, 2012
6:53 pm

We will take your cast-off over at GSU. Keep them coming. :)

Jason

March 31st, 2012
7:03 pm

Nobody wants to go to bama. It’s a wasteland. There are 7 months of the year when football is not being played. Tuscaloosa really? Besides forest gumps hometown of greenbow which dosent even exist Alabama has nothing to offer so you can hang you’re hat on that all day long if you want. So excuse me while I go enjoy a concert in downtown Atlanta while the Alabamians crawl back to their shanties in a drunken stupor.