Georgia starting corner Shaq Wiggins will transfer

NCAA Football: Georgia at Florida

Georgia’s secondary will be down a key member and eight-game starter from last year.

UGA announced cornerback Shaq Wiggins is transferring. He started eight games as a true freshman and recorded two interceptions. When Jeremy Pruitt was hired, he made every secondary position wide open, and Wiggins didn’t spend much time with the first team.

Mark Richt released a statement that read: “Shaq and I have been talking over the last few days and a fresh start is what he believes is in his best interest. We respect his decision and certainly wish him nothing but the best.”

Wiggins becomes Georgia’s second defensive back starter to leave the team. Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed in February. Wiggins’ absence makes a shaky secondary even shakier. Damian Swann is a safe bet to start at corner, and Tray Matthews should start at safety. Former running back JJ Green’s move to the secondary needs to be a home-run move for the Bulldogs. Reggie Wilkerson is recovering from a torn ACL, and Sheldon Dawson will also be in the mix.

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  • Like to know more about why this is happening, especially this late in the year.

    • Back in January, Wiggins was arrested and charged with Driving With a Suspended License. Wiggins was pulled over for Speeding 52 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone and a check of his license revealed a failure to appear warrant. This could be part of it.

      • I don’t think so, because Mark Richt had already addressed that Wiggins wouldn’t even see any suspension time. My gut says that Wiggins liked Grantham and didn’t like Pruitt as well. Pruitt/Richt may have also told Wiggins that he probably wouldn’t start. Just odd timing regardless.