Troupe to focus on football

Mark Richt expects Tift County standout Israel Troupe to be a Bulldog when practice begins the first week of August. Troupe signed a scholarship to play wide receiver for Georgia in February.

He was then drafted in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft, but Richt expects him to spurn pro baseball for now.

"My impression is he's full speed ahead Georgia and not really considering it," Richt said. "I'm not 100 percent sure."

Troupe plans to play both football and baseball for the Bulldogs, and he would become the first player to do that in Richt's tenure. Richt won't require Troupe to attend spring football practice if it interferes with baseball, he said.

"He'll be free to do anything baseball that they want him to do once football season is over," Richt said. "If everybody is willing to let him stick a little spring (football) in, I'll be happy to do that. If they don't want him to do any, I'll be fine with that. It's whatever baseball wants to do."

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