Georgia DB J.J. Green decides to transfer
For the second time in as many days, a defensive back will be transferring away from Georgia.
This time it is sophomore JJ Green who has elected to transfer, citing a chance to contribute on the offensive side of the ball.
In statement, Mark Richt says J.J. Green, who was tailback in 2013, wanted to be an offensive player and thus decided to leave.
— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) December 2, 2014
“J.J. and I talked a couple of times and he wanted the opportunity to be an offensive player,” Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “He decided another school would better afford him that opportunity. We’ll help him in any way we can to find the right place.”
Green was currently playing defensive back, but had spent time at running back during his time at UGA. He played in all 13 games last season as a running back, rushing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries. His best performance came against Tennessee where he ran for 129 yards on 17 carries against the Vols in a 34-31 Georgia win.
Prior to this year, Green was switched over to defensive back. When Georgia’s running back depth was thin due to Todd Gurley’s suspension and a rash of injuries to other players, Richt discussed the possibility of Green coming back to running back, but no such change ever occurred.
With players like Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Keith Marshall all slated to be a major part of UGA’s running game next season, it’s likely Green wouldn’t ever get a realistic chance as a running back if he stayed with Georgia.