Georgia linebacker, who started multiple games this season, reportedly to enter transfer portal
Georgia linebacker Jermaine Johnson was beginning to hit his stride this season for the Bulldogs. Johnson has 16 tackles this season, and has started three games for Georgia, and played in seven.
But according to a report from Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com, Johnson is going to enter the transfer portal. Johnson has four sacks, which is third on the team, and 11 QB pressures. He was injured and missed the Auburn and Tennessee games.
Johnson arrived at Georgia from Independence (Kan.) CC where he was featured on season three of the award-winning Netflix documentary “Last Chance U.” The 6-foot-5 and 240-pound senior is originally from Eden Prairie, Minn.
Before last week’s game at Missouri, coach Kirby Smart talked highly of Johnson.
“I think he’s just starting to really come into his own,” said Smart, per the AJC. “He’s gotten more and more comfortable with our calls and our games and our pass-rush stuff. He’s rushed more this year. Last year, he and (junior outside linebacker) Adam (Anderson) were spying more times than they were rushing, and now they’re rushing more on the whole. He’s doing a nice job of that, so very pleased with his growth.”
Johnson noted that academic issues caused him to miss out on a Power 5 school immediately after high school.
“I feel like I’ve done pretty well here,” Johnson said. “Some things could’ve went a little better, but you can’t get everything your way. Just take advantage of the opportunities and make the most of it.”