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.