Mark Beard had a quick change of heart.
Mark Beard blocks as Shaun McGee rushes on the field during the first day of the University of Georgia football practice in Athens, Ga., August 1, 2013. (AJ Reynolds/Staff, @ajreynoldsphoto)
And just like that the rising senior offensive tackle is back on the Georgia football team.
Just 13 hours after the school announced that Beard planned to graduate this summer and then transfer to another school, he asked to return to the Bulldogs.
Coach Mark Richt said yes.
“Sometimes making a decision and living it out are two different things,” Richt said in a statement released Friday morning. “As I’ve mentioned before the same thing happened to me. As a player (at Miami) I told my coach I had decided to leave for what I thought were all the right reasons. But after a few days, I realized it was a bad decision and asked to come back. He took me back and I’m happy Mark will still be a part of the program.”
Beard is one several players in recent seasons that had been announced as transferring and then returned to the team not long after, joining linebacker Brandon Burrows, safety Marc Deas and tailback Ken Malcolme.
Malcome did end up transferring after all last offseason. He played last year at Southern Illinois.
So put Beard back in the mix as a candidate to start at offensive tackle along with John Theus and Kolton Houston.