Georgia‚Äôs busy offseason of transfers continues.
The latest is redshirt freshman wide receiver Uriah LeMay, who leaves without ever having played for the Bulldogs.
He is the sixth Georgia scholarship player to depart from the program with eligibility remaining since the end of last season. The Bulldogs did not lose any players as an early entry to the NFL draft.
LeMay, from Matthews, N.C., was one of four Georgia players who were arrested on the eve of spring practices on misdemeanor charges of theft by deception for ‚Äúdouble-dipping‚Äù their tuition checks, but coach Mark Richt in a statement on Tuesday indicated LeMay chose to leave.
‚ÄúUriah made the decision in order to have a better opportunity for playing time,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHe has our best wishes in achieving all his goals as a student and athlete.‚Äù
His brother, quarterback Christian LeMay, transferred after Georgia‚Äôs bowl game to Jacksonville (Ala.) State.
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed this winter and transferred to Louisville.
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins and inside linebacker Paris Bostick also have transferred and defensive lineman De‚ÄôAndre Johnson was medically disqualified. Bostick will play for Iowa Western Community College.
Georgia announced plans in February for another player, offensive lineman Mark Beard, to transfer, but he quickly changed his mind and is in the Bulldogs‚Äô rotation up front.
Five members of the 2013 signing class are now gone: Uriah LeMay, Wiggins, Bostick, Johnson and safety Shaquille Fluker, who left the program near the end of last season after never playing.
Richt, at the UGA Day event in Albany Monday night, told Dawgs247 that ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not afraid of attrition. Sometimes attrition is good. Life is too short for guys not being where they ought to be or where they want to be, all those types of things. In the end, you want everybody to be where they want to be and have the best opportunity to do what they want to do.‚Äù
Including the incoming signing class, Georgia now has 85 players on its roster who were recruited to Georgia on scholarship. The NCAA limit for FBS teams is 85 football scholarships at a time.
Uriah LeMay, defensive linemen James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor and safety Tray Matthews were the four players arrested before spring practices on theft charges. LeMay was charged with four counts, the most of any player.
He was a reserve at a position that ended the spring with Chris Conley, Michael Bennett, Reggie Davis, walk-on Kenneth Towns and Jonathon Rumph ahead of him and the Bulldogs are expected to gain back Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley from injury.
Brendan Langley also has moved to wideout from the secondary and Georgia has four signees arriving this summer that are pegged to play receiver.