Safety Shaquille Fluker, who never played in his one season at Georgia, said Tuesday he is transferring.
Fluker, speaking from back home in Meridian, Miss., said his parting of ways had more to do with his lack of playing time than health issues that contributed to him not playing after being signed out of East Mississippi Community College.
‚ÄúI was supposed to get my playing time at Georgia, that‚Äôs how it was supposed to be but it wasn‚Äôt what they said in my living room and on my couch, it wasn‚Äôt done that way,‚Äù Fluker said. ‚ÄúI wasn‚Äôt getting my playing time like I was supposed to and like they said they were going to get me.‚Äù
Fluker, a candidate to start as preseason practices began, had been listed on Georgia‚Äôs injury report for much of the season as being out with an undisclosed illness. Fluker said he had suffered a seizure. He said that was due to a ‚Äúa lack of water fluids.‚Äù
Georgia coach Mark Richt said midway through the season that Fluker was heading towards a redshirt season.
Fluker said he could have stayed and still played next season.
‚ÄúMany times transferring to another school is for the best and we certainly wish Shaquille nothing but success in achieving his academic and athletic goals,‚Äù Richt said in a statement.
Richt wasn‚Äôt available to speak to the media on Tuesday, but student privacy on issues pertaining to medical issues would probably keep him from speaking on Fluker.
Fluker said he first talked to Georgia coaches about possibly transferring in October and returned home before Thanksgiving after his daughter was born. He said he was able to complete his final exams.
Fluker said he is talking to FCS and Division II schools. He said he will have two years of eligibility remaining.