Reserve O-linemen Austin Long's career over

semerson@macon.comAugust 15, 2013 

Austin Long played in 13 games for Georgia, all as a reserve or on special teams.

WES BLANKENSHIP — UGA

ATHENS - After weeks of uncertainty, reserve offensive lineman Austin Long's status has been resolved, and not in a good way for the senior.

Long's career is over at Georgia, derailed by an academic matter, according to a source and multiple other media reports. It's not a big surprise, as Long had not been practicing with the team this month, and the team had already seemed prepared to move on without him.

Long never started a game, and appeared in a total of 15 over the previous two seasons. He was making a push last December for a first-team slot entering the Capital One Bowl, but a hand injury knocked him out. He was the second-team right guard entering this preseason.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Long came to Georgia with pretty good credentials: His father Tim Long played on year in the NFL, and Austin Long was Tennessee's Mr. Football in 2009, and was rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com. But Long could never quite get things going at Georgia, derailed his first four seasons (including a redshirt) by injuries, and finally by academics.

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