ATHENS - The demise of the UAB football program may prove to be a boon to Georgia's linebacker corps.
Jake Ganus, who led UAB in tackles the past two seasons, is joining Georgia's program for his senior year. He is expected to be able to play in 2015.
I'm so blessed and honored to be able to finish my college football career at The University of Georgia!! #DawgsOnTop— Jake Ganus (@jakeganus_4) December 19, 2014
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UAB decided to shut down its football program earlier this month. That made Ganus and every other Blazer with eligibility remaining a free agent.
Ganus will be count as part of Georgia's 2015 signing class, as well as the 85 scholarship limit. He has to apply for a waiver in order to be eligible to play in 2015, but considering the circumstances his chances are good.
Ganus is a definite candidate to play for Georgia next year, especially because both inside linebackers (Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera) are outgoing seniors.
Ganus (listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds) was UAB's leader in tackles last season, with 70, and also had a team-high 16.5 tackles-for-loss. He had six sacks, seccond on the team.
He started 10 games as a freshman in 2012, finishing fourth on the team in tackles. A year later he started every game, and led the team with 93 tackles.
Ganus is a native of Alpharetta, but played his high school ball in the Birmingham, Ala., area.