Georgia‚Äôs offensive line is losing more than its three senior starters from last season.
Offensive tackle Mark Beard, who was a candidate to start after the departure of left tackle Kenarious Gates, will graduate this summer and transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility.
Under an NCAA rule, Beard will be immediately eligible as a transfer next season for his final season.
He transferred to Georgia from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College before the 2012 season
‚ÄúWe appreciate Mark‚Äôs contributions to our program the last two years and wish him the very best for his final year of eligibility,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said in a statement released Wedneday night.
The Adamsville, Ala., native played in 26 games at Georgia, starting twice.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm grateful for the experience I‚Äôve had at Georgia and that I‚Äôll leave with a degree from UGA,‚Äù Beard said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm looking forward to the next step in my football career.‚Äù
John Theus, Kolton Houston and Watts Dantzler are the top candidates to start at tackle for Georgia, which signed four offensive linemen in its latest recruiting class.
Georgia lost Gates and starting guards Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee.