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Blog: Benedict hopes to play elsewhere after leaving Georgia

Brent Benedict plans to continue his college football career elsewhere.

A day after Georgia announced that the redshirt freshman offensive guard had left the program, his father said the school has cleared the way for him to transfer.

“He would hope to play again, he’s looking around, but no plans of any kind at this time.” Ed Benedict said this afternoon. “Coach (Mark) Richt gave him an unconditional release. We should be able to go pick that up or have it sent to us later today.”

Ed Benedict said that Richt and the family agreed to portray the departure as simply leaving for “`personal reasons.’ We need to just leave it at that.”

He would not address speculation that Brent, a backup on the depth chart, had differences with Georgia’s strength and conditioning program about his offseason workouts as he returned from a severe knee injury sustained his senior season at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.

“I have no idea what’s out there,” Ed Benedict said. “Any time somebody leaves a university like that, it’s going to be all kinds of stuff.”

Brent Benedict is continuing to workout, his father said. He said that he is about “95 percent” as he returns from tearing his ACL, PCL, meniscus and hamstring in a non-contact injury while running down the field to celebrate a touchdown at Bolles.

Benedict was a top-40 recruit nationally when he committed to Georgia.

His offers at the time included Florida, Southern California, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

“I would imagine some of them would take a look at him again.,” his father said.

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