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Blog: Offensive lineman Austin Long won’t play again for Georgia

Offensive lineman Austin Long’s career at Georgia is over, his father Tim confirmed Thursday.

The senior reserve had not practiced with the team this month.

In a statement Thursday night, Georgia only said that Long won’t play again for the Bulldogs because of “academic reasons.”

“I feel for the kid,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “It’s a tough situation he’s going through. He worked extremely hard on the field to put himself in position to get in the rotation. I got a chance to see him (Wednesday) night at the scrimmage. I told him I was thinking about him.”

Long, from Memphis, appeared in 13 games last season and coaches had said he was making a push to possibly start before breaking a hand in bowl practices.

He had worked his way into a backup spot on the line last November after dealing with back surgery earlier in his career. He also had a shoulder injury and mononucleosis.

Long’s brother, Hunter, is a reserve center for the Bulldogs.

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