GAINESVILLE -- Georgia has lost another offensive lineman, further hindering its depth heading into the 2011 season.
Rising junior A.J. Harmon is transferring for what was announced as “personal reasons.”
Head coach Mark Richt declined to elaborate.
“That’s kind of why you say it’s personal reasons. Because it’s personal,” Richt said before speaking to a meeting of Georgia fans. “So that’s all I can really say about that.”
Harmon was academically ineligible for the Liberty Bowl. He appeared to have a solid spring, finishing as essentially the team’s third tackle, the top backup at both spots.
The Bulldogs also lost Trinton Sturdivant, a rising senior and projected starter, to a knee injury the week before the spring game. That left Cordy Glenn, a converted guard, and Justin Anderson, another former guard who played nose tackle last year, as the projected starting tackles.
While the Bulldogs have other tackles on the roster, they are inexperienced, and Richt would prefer not to play freshmen.
“You’d like to have more depth by now. You’d like to have more guys waiting in the wings for their opportunity,” he said. “I’d rather not go through another cycle of freshmen playing; they kind of go through the program, and when they leave you’re playing freshmen again. It really is not ideal. But if that’s what it takes, that’s what we’ll do.”
Richt did say, when specifically asked about possible academic casualties, that he did not expect any further attrition.
“I don’t. I don’t,” Richt said. “I expect everybody to be here in the fall.”