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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs an ‚Äúissue‚Äù at Georgia.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if there‚Äôs an issue,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think there‚Äôs an issue. You‚Äôve just got to act right. It‚Äôs not hard to act right, I don‚Äôt know. I was always raised to act right. If I didn‚Äôt act right, I was getting hit. My parents put me in line and I‚Äôm thankful for that. Kids, if you can‚Äôt act right, then I guess you‚Äôre going to see some consequences because of it.‚Äù
Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins transferred to Louisville and Matthews to Auburn.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got the players we‚Äôve got now,‚Äù said Rankin, who had five tackles last season. ‚ÄúI ain‚Äôt going to sit here and look at the people who are gone. Get on the team or get left. That‚Äôs what it is. If you can‚Äôt act right…I‚Äôm not going to say nothing. You‚Äôve got to be able to act right when you‚Äôre in college, man. Especially when you get scholarships paid for and everything is free. Just act right and don‚Äôt put yourself in harm‚Äôs way.‚Äù
He added: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs sad to see people leave the program but you‚Äôve just got to be able to act right. Grow and be a man. If you act wrong in society out there, you‚Äôre going to end up in jail. It‚Äôs simple.‚Äù
More later about the leadership on the team out of the weekend activities.