Quarterback Brice Ramsey and defensive back Reggie Wilkerson have decided to transfer from Georgia.
The program announced the two departures in a statement Tuesday. With Ramsey leaving, Georgia now only has two quarterbacks on scholarship entering spring practice. The other two are rising sophomore Jacob Eason and early enrollee freshman Jake Fromm.
Both Ramsey and Wilkerson are leaving the program as graduate transfers and will be able to play immediately at their next institution as long as they choose a field of study that Georgia does not offer.
Ramsey arrived at Georgia in 2013 as a highly regarded four-star quarterback out of Camden County. But during his time at Georgia, he never started a game and was beat out by Greyson Lambert for the position in 2015. After Lambert started the first game of the 2016 season, Eason stepped in as a starter, with Ramsey serving as a third-string quarterback this past year.
A person with knowledge of the situation said a potential landing spot for Ramsey is North Carolina, although no announcement has been made on where he will transfer to.
In addition to serving as a backup quarterback, Ramsey was started games as Georgia’s punter over the past two years. Appearing in 24 games total, Ramsey completed 45-of-74 passes for 582 yards and four touchdowns and punted 45 times for an average of 38.7 yards.
Wilkerson appeared in 20 games since enrolling in 2013, the same year as Ramsey. Both redshirted that first season.
“Our sincerest thanks to both Brice and Reggie for their contributions to the University in general and the Bulldog football program in particular over these past four years,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “We wish them all the best at their next destination and final season of eligibility.”
Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III is due to receive a $750,000 roster bonus on March 11 and the team isn’t saying at this point whether or not they will give it to him.
There’s no smokescreen from the Browns about their desire to find a long-term answer to their eternal need at starting quarterback and that quest will cover all avenues, so there wasn’t much need for coach Hue Jackson to delve into specifics about where the team might be looking for outside additions. He also didn’t give a hint about their thoughts regarding Griffin.
“Obviously, Robert’s on our roster right now,” Jackson said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I think there are some things that he did well, some things he needs to continue to improve at and we’re going to keep working with him until we don’t. He’s one of the three quarterbacks on our football team right now, and I’m very fortunate we do have some guys under contract right now to work with. But we’ve got to continue to get him better as he moves forward.”
The roster bonus isn’t so onerous that the Browns would be limiting themselves from doing other things if they paid it while waiting to see how other things play out on the quarterback front.
COLLEGE STATION _Johnny Manziel annd Mike Evans have made the semifinal cut for the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the nation’s top offensive player.
The semifinalists were announced Tuesday. A&M was one of three schools nationally with two semifinalists. Oregon State is represented by quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks, while Baylor has quarterback Bryce Petty and tailback Lache Seastrunk.
The finalists will be announced Nov. 25.
Mannziel, last year’s Heisman winner, is third in the country in total offense (386.4 yards) and eighth nationally in passing yards (324.3 yards) per game.
Evans is second in the country in receiving yards per game at 137.6 yards per game.
Spurrier was asked by a student why he hadn’t won against Eli Manning, who was at Ole Miss, after going undefeated against Tennessee’s Peyton Manning. His reaction drew some laughs from the crowd. (Spurrier was off to the NFL by the time Eli Manning had started any games against Florida and got back into college football after the younger Manning entered the draft). “Eli? When did I coach against Eli?”
9. Midway during the event, Spurrier was asked about former Florida linebacker James Bates’ impression of him: “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it about a 3. He tries. I give him an A for effort.”
10. Asked about his favorite golf hole, Spurrier revealed that he has hit six hole-in-ones in his life – and he shared a detailed story about one he hit during his first year on the job in Gainesville. “I can’t pick all six, can I? I’ll pick the longest one. … National Signing Day was Feb. 10. It was Feb. 3, one week until Signing Day. … Here I am, I was playing golf a week before signing day. No coach does that. I said, ‘Boys, we’ve got to keep this quiet. If we don’t win here at Florida, it’ll be a big story.’”