Hamilton in Search of 'Fresh Start'

ATHENS - Jakar Hamilton already was out for this season for Georgia after sustaining a stress fracture in his ankle in the preseason.

Now the safety is gone for good.

He is transferring, a decision that his mother said Tuesday was mutual between Hamilton and coach Mark Richt.

"We just decided he needed a fresh start with himself and his injury," said Tracy Hamilton,. "Players are coming up, and they're good."

Georgia has juniors Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams at safety along with freshman Corey Moore.

"He hasn't chickened out, but both he and Richt agreed it would be best for him," she said. "My son ,he loved Georgia and he loved playing there, but sometimes things change."

Hamilton was in line for a backup role this season before the senior was injured. He started the first five games last season. He had 27 tackles and an interception.

Georgia said Hamilton "left the team for personal reasons." His mother said that he has returned home to Johnston, S.C., and will look to transfer to a "lower-level" program.

Coaches couldn't shed any more light.

"I don't know anything about what happened or why he left," secondary coach Scott Lakatos said. "He was trying to prepare himself to get ready for his future."

Bert Williams, who coached Hamilton at Georgia Military College, said by email that he spoke with Georgia coaches last week and there was no mention of Hamilton's pending departure.

QB Mason `has earned playing time'

Coaches told backup quarterback Hutson Mason that he would play "no matter what" last week, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.

Richt would not say if Mason will get more playing time this week.

"We really haven't gone any further with that discussion, not to say we won't before the week is over," Richt said. "He really runs our system well, and he's earned playing time in my mind. How we'll manage that, I'm not ready to make any promised I can't keep."

Said Bobo: "There could be some things in the future for him. You'd like to play a guy a series a game or so, but you never know, but he's a guy that we'd like to get in there."

Mason completed 6-of-9 passes for 68 yards with a touchdown Saturday in his only action this season.

"He had an outstanding practice today so it's only going to help his cause," Bobo said after Tuesday's practice.

Tyson said he wasn't injured

DeAngelo Tyson missed last week's game against Coastal Carolina with what Richt said after the game was a strained back.

The defensive end said on Tuesday night "that I didn't have an injury. I was just told I wasn't able to play because of what was going on, but I'm doing whatever I need to do to get back on the field."

Asked if he was disciplined, Tyson said "Unh-uh."

Tyson indicated he's good to go to play this week.

"He was dinged," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "He'll play Saturday."

'Hot Seat Bowl' label easy to predict

Richt had a feeling it was coming.

That doesn't mean he's thrilled that Georgia vs. Ole Miss is being labeled by some "The Hot Seat Bowl," heading into Saturday's tilt in Oxford.

"Oh, I knew that would happen," said Richt, in his 11 th season as Bulldogs coach. "That was pretty easy to predict. You'd think they could have thought of something better than that. I think a couple of kindergartners could have figured out that one."

Richt and Houston Nutt both could use their first Southeastern Conference win in a bad way.

Both of their teams are 1-2, 0-1 in the SEC.

White recognized for service

Tight end Aron White was named Tuesday as one of 11 FBS players to the AFCA Good Works Team given to players "committed to making a difference in their communities."

White works with the Boys & Girls Club, volunteers at local hospitals and reads to students at Barrow Elementary School.

"It's really important to give back when you do have things or when you are blessed with a position where people look up to you," White said. "Setting a good example to young people means the world to me."

This and that

Wide receiver Marlon Brown (mild high ankle sprain) is "questionable to doubtful" this week, Richt said. "It's been lingering more than we hoped." Brown would miss a chance to play close to home in Memphis…Offensive guard Kenarious Gates practiced with the second unit on Tuesday as he returns from an ankle injury. … Rambo was banged up in practice Tuesday and returned in a non-contact jersey. Lakatos said it wasn't serious and he isn't worried about Rambo's availability for Saturday.


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