ATHENS - Receiver Blake Tibbs, who struggled to see the field his three seasons at Georgia, is leaving the team.
The decision to leave is based partly on academic reasons, according to a source. Tibbs could not be reached for comment, but UGA confirmed his departure late on Wednesday afternoon.
"Blake and I have met and he has decided it would be in his best interest to transfer to another institution," head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "I certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best."
Tibbs, a 6-foot-2 native of Lithonia, will have two years of eligibility left at his next program. He only had four catches the past two seasons, after redshirting his freshman season. He battled injuries, as well as the depth chart, after coming to Georgia as a consensus three-star recruit in 2012.
This past spring set up as perhaps Tibbs' last opportunity to make a move, after the departures of Michael Bennett and Chris Conley, and before the arrival of a talented receiving signing class. But he suffered a shoulder injury early in spring practice, and sat out the rest of the way.
Tibbs caught two passes last season, a 13-yarder at Kentucky and a 12-yarder against Troy. He also had two catches in 2013, including an 11-yarder against Missouri.
The news leaves Georgia with just five receivers currently on scholarship, though four more are on the way. The team also has several walk-ons who could contribute this year, including Kenneth Towns, Charlie Hegedus and Clay Johnson.
Receiver is a concern spot for Georgia, with senior Malcolm Mitchell the only established starter. Others contending for a starting spot are sophomore Isaiah McKenzie, senior Justin Scott-Wesley and junior Reggie Davis. Several of the incoming freshmen, notably Terry Godwin, should also see the field a lot.