Some midweek Georgia items for you:
–Tanner Strickland was noncommittal about the 2011 season when I spoke to him during a bowl practice in Memphis, but the backup Georgia offensive lineman confirmed today that he‚Äôs done playing at Georgia.
The redshirt junior¬† is just one class away from earning his degree in communications.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve decided to walk away from football,‚Äù Strickland said.
Strickland started three games last season at guard, but played most of his career as a backup.
He underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder earlier in his career and sat out the 2009 season.
‚ÄúIt was a combination of all the troubles with my shoulder,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI just thought I needed to move on.‚Äù
Strickland said juniors Cordy Glenn and Trinton Sturdivant choosing to return for their senior seasons had no bearing on his decision.
‚ÄúNo, not at all,‚Äù he said.
–Georgia fans wanted a foul on Tennessee‚Äôs Brian Williams for going over the back of Chris Barnes on his rebound and putback to beat the buzzer Tuesday night in the Bulldogs‚Äô 59-57 basketball loss.
Williams sounded like he expected a call.
“I’m surprised they didn’t call¬†a foul, but I made the shot to beat Georgia and go and tie for first place,‚Äù Williams told the ESPNU crew after the game. ‚ÄúThere ain’t no better feeling than this.”
Tennessee isn‚Äôt quite in first place yet. Florida and South Carolina are 2-1 in the SEC East. Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky are at 2-2 and Vanderbilt is 1-2.
–Interesting item from the Albany Herald regarding receiver commitment Sanford Seay, who told me he was going to focus on getting qualified academically.
Lee County‚Äôs basketball coach told the newspaper that Seay ‚Äúwill put basketball on the backburner as he focuses on shoring up his academic work.‚Äù
–Former Georgia linebacker Demetre Baker, who was dismissed from the team following an arrest this fall, has officially transferred to South Alabama, the school announced Tuesday.
The 6-1, 210-pound Baker is set to play running back.
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