ATHENS - The dismissals of Chris Sanders and Nick Marshall earlier this month have left Georgia with a major depth issue at defensive back, especially for the 2013 season. So in order to fill that void, could the Bulldogs turn to ... Chris Sanders and Nick Marshall?
It's certainly possible. Sanders in particular. The freshman is headed for Georgia Military College for his sophomore year, and there's precedent for Georgia sending a player to GMC and then getting him back.
"I know from an ability level they'd love to get him back," GMC head coach Bert Williams said this week. "Honestly I'm not privy to their process and how they get him back and what he has to do, and that side of things. That's a question for (head) coach (Mark) Richt and those guys. I know their desire is he comes down and does everything that he's capable of doing in the classroom and the field, and certainly the way he conducts himself."
But Williams said the "desired outcome" is for Sanders to end up back at Georgia.
"That's the plan, that's how we're operating at this point," Williams said. "But he knows there's no guarantee on that. He's got to earn his way back."
Marshall is headed further away, to Garden City Community College in Kansas. The other dismissed player, receiver Sanford Seay, hasn't made his next step known.
Richt was asked on Thursday to what extent the door was open for the dismissed players to return.
“All I can tell you right now is I want these guys to, wherever they land, to do great where you’re at, and still be able to chase your dream of playing major college football and get your degree, and playing pro ball, whatever their goals may be," Richt said. "That’s what I hope for these guys if they ever end up getting dismissed from our football team. …
"I’m not gonna sit here and say 100 percent yes or 100 percent no. But right now they’re on this journey where they gotta take care of business. So maybe later on we can talk about the possibility of that, but I’m not really in position to say.”