ATLANTA -- Wide receiver was not a position of strength for the Georgia Tech football team. The decision by Jeremy Moore to leave the team has weakened it even more.
Moore approached head coach Paul Johnson earlier this week and said he needed to quit the program because of personal reasons. Moore was the starter for the Virginia Tech game and worked in a three-man rotation the past two games.
Moore, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound junior from Austin, Texas, had three catches for 64 yards.
"He said he had some personal issues to deal with," Johnson said. "I wish him well and told him that I hope he finishes school, and I think he will."
The unexpected move leaves the Yellow Jackets short-handed at the position and required Johnson to move Corey Dennis, a 6-2, 203-pound sophomore from Troy, Ala., from safety to wide receiver. Dennis went to Georgia Tech as a wide receiver but was moved to safety.
The move likely means that sophomore Jeff Greene will move into the starting spot; he was listed second on the depth chart last week behind Moore. Sophomore Darren Waller starts at the other side. It may also mean more playing time for Anthony Autry, a freshman from Norcross.
Greene has five catches for a 21.4-yard average and one touchdown. No other wide receiver has a catch among the team's 25 receptions. Waller dropped the only ball thrown his way last week.
Part of the depth problem will be alleviated next week when senior Chris Jackson is eligible to return against Middle Tennessee State. Jackson had some unexpected issues develop regarding his eligibility due to the number of classroom hours that were accepted after he transferred from Alabama.
Miami got some good news and some bad news regarding its depth chart. Wide receiver Allen Hurns and safety Vaughn Telemaque will both be back for Saturday's game, but middle linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the game with a high ankle sprain.
Note the time
The Georgia Tech athletics department is reminding fans that kickoff for Saturday's game is 3 p.m., not the traditional 3:30 time. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South and streamed on ESPN3. More than 48,000 tickets have been sold, which would make it Georgia Tech's best-attended game of the year.
The honorary captain will be Tim Singleton, who played football and ran track at Tech in the late 1950s. Singleton is the founder of the Peachtree Road Race and a member of the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame.