Georgia made a couple of football players available Thursday to talk about the Special Forces-style training players did over the weekend as a team-building exercise.
Sophomore backup linebacker Ryne Rankin was the lone defensive player. Naturally, he got questions about what’s happened on defense this offseason when safeties Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews got kicked off the team and disgruntled cornerback Shaq Wiggins chose to transfer.
Those three combined to start 25 games last season.
Rankin was asked if there’s an “issue” at Georgia.
“I don’t know if there’s an issue,” he said. “I don’t think there’s an issue. You’ve just got to act right. It’s not hard to act right, I don’t know. I was always raised to act right. If I didn’t act right, I was getting hit. My parents put me in line and I’m thankful for that. Kids, if you can’t act right, then I guess you’re going to see some consequences because of it.”
Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins transferred to Louisville and Matthews to Auburn.
“We’ve got the players we’ve got now,” said Rankin, who had five tackles last season. “I ain’t going to sit here and look at the people who are gone. Get on the team or get left. That’s what it is. If you can’t act right…I’m not going to say nothing. You’ve got to be able to act right when you’re in college, man. Especially when you get scholarships paid for and everything is free. Just act right and don’t put yourself in harm’s way.”
He added: “It’s sad to see people leave the program but you’ve just got to be able to act right. Grow and be a man. If you act wrong in society out there, you’re going to end up in jail. It’s simple.”
More later about the leadership on the team out of the weekend activities.