ATHENS – Georgia redshirt sophomore safety Marc Deas has decided to return to the Bulldogs.
Deas told coach Mark Richt he was quitting to seek a transfer on March 31. However, Deas remained enrolled at UGA and apparently has had a change of heart. UGA spokesman Claude Felton confirmed via email early Tuesday afternoon that Deas asked the coaching staff for a chance to return.
“[Deas] has had a change of heart and will be remaining with the Bulldogs,” Felton wrote.
That’s good news for Georgia, which has been decimated in the secondary due to other transfers and disciplinary suspensions. Senior cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for the first two games of the season as discipline for an offseason arrests. Senior Branden Smith, the other starting corner, is also expected to be suspended after his arrest last mongth for marijuana possession. And the high school coach of senior Bacarri Rambo said the All-American safety will be suspended for the first four games after running afoul of Georgia’s drug policy for the second time in a year. Meanwhile, defensive backs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders were dismissed in January for violating team rules and Jakar Hamilton and Jordan Love quit the team since the middle of last season.
Deas (6-foot-1, 197 pounds) is a graduate of Osceola High in Kissimmee, Fla. He played in all 14 games last season but mostly on special teams.
I’ll have more on this later.