ATHENS Less than two years later, Nick Marshall is a star, but Chris Sanders and Sanford Seay are still waiting their turn for redemption, far away from home.
The three then-freshmen were dismissed together from the Georgia football team, the morning of Feb. 4, 2012. They had been implicating in stealing from a teammates dorm room.
Marshall quickly re-energized his career, transferring to a junior college for one year and turning himself into a quarterback prospect. He now leads No. 7 Auburn.
Sanders and Seay, meanwhile, also went the junior college. But they're still there.
Sanders, a defensive back from Tucker, got into trouble again after leaving Georgia. He transferred at first to Georgia Military College, with the hope of flying right and being accepted back with the Bulldogs. Instead he was dismissed from GMC that summer.
He ended up at Eastern Arizona, a junior college, where he has drawn the interest of some four-year schools out west.
He made some mistakes. He went out west to get another chance, said Franklin Stephens, who coached Sanders at Tucker High School, and is now the Lamar County head coach. I think hes matured and he sees the error in his ways. Hes gonna find someone else to give him a chance to finish his career, to finish his college education.
Seay, a receiver, spent the past two years at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. He has committed to play at Louisiana Tech, according to Dean Fabrizio, his former head coach at Lee County High School.
The situation is what it is, what happened at Georgia, Fabrizio said. Sometimes kids mistakes. But the thing about it is he had to go another route. Hes gone to the junior college and done well there, academically. Hes definitely making the most of his second opportunity.
Marshall was the more highly-recruited of the three. But Sanders impressed in practice during his one season, and likely would have been pushing for playing time at safety this season. Seay was very down on the depth chart after the 2010 season, but if he had stuck around he could have benefited from Georgia's injuries at receiver this year.