ATHENS - A third freshman, defensive back Chris Sanders, has been dismissed from the Georgia football team in what has turned out to be a sort of Friday morning massacre for the program.
Sanders, cornerback Nick Marshall and receiver Sanford Seay were all dismissed for what was announced as a violation of team rules.
"It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University," said head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education."
The news about Sanders was a stunner, as Marshall and Seay's departures had already been reported. Those two were involved in an alleged cash theft from a teammate's dorm room; it wasn't immediately clear what led to Sanders' dismissal.
Sanders played three games this year, mostly on special teams, before taking a medical redsdhirt. He was expected, along with Marshall, to help with defensive back depth.
The status of starting cornerback Sanders Commings, who was charged two weeks ago with misdemeanor domestic violence, is also under review.
And Jordan Love, a cornerback who played in nine games this year, decided in January to transfer.
The team only signed one defensive back in this year's class, Sheldon Dawson from Memphis, Tenn.
The remaining scholarship cornerbacks are Commings, fellow starter Branden Smith, rising sophomore Damian Swann, redshirt freshman Devin Bowman and Blake Sailors, a former walk-on and special teams standout.
Corey Moore, who played in 12 games as a freshman, was slated for safety, but he could be given a look at cornerback now. So could Quintavius Harrow, who played on special teams this year as a freshman.