“We’ve still got enough guys to be two deep but we’re in desperate need of a great recruiting class in that area, I’ll say that,” coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.
The secondary now has nine available players who came to Georgia as scholarship defensive backs.
After safety Sheldon Dawson was off the team last week and cornerback Rico Johnson was forced to take a medical disqualification because of the risk of spinal injury, freshman cornerback Shaq Jones was dismissed after being charged with shoplifting $43 worth of merchandise at an Athens Wal-Mart.
He wasn’t shown the door just for that, Richt said.
“I would say there was an accumulation of things,” Richt said. “I wouldn’t say if another young man did something similar it would mean he’d lose his opportunity to be at Georgia, but all of these things are based on a lot of factors. Would I say it was just that one factor? no it was not.”
“Things happen, man,” safety Corey Moore said. “It’s life. You’ve got to learn how to adjust. …Losing a teammate, just in general, it’s hard. It comes down hard on you, especially on the back end.”
Added Richt: “Overall the guys understand that I’m serious about doing things right. I don’t think they’re shocked. A guy may be a roommate with somebody or that might be his closer friend or whatever, but I think they understand that I’m serious about guys behaving and that it’s a privilege to be at the University of Georgia and there’s things that can happen that will cause you to forfeit that opportunity if you don’t things the way you ought to do them.”
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