Kirby Smart talks about Jeremiah Holloman's departure, Georgia's WR situation
One of the bigger stories out of Athens this offseason was WR Jeremiah Holloman being dismissed from the Georgia football team. More than just the loss of Holloman, the story brought renewed attention to the fact that UGA was losing its top five receivers* (a trio of wide receivers and TE Isaac Nauta elected to leave for the NFL Draft). With the dismissal happening in June, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart had not answered questions from the press (only releasing a statement) on Holloman’s dismissal until his Tuesday appearance at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.
“[W]e were made aware early in June, this June, that there was an incident,” Smart said during his main room press conference. “And once we were, we took action and removed him from the team. Very unfortunate. I wish JJ the best.”
As far as UGA’s passing attack in 2019, Smart said the Holloman departure doesn’t change much as who would step up was already a question with Nauta and company gone.
“I don’t think it changes anything,” Smart said, per Dawgs247. “One of the biggest question marks coming into the season was going to be receiver. I think it’s more glaring now because one of the guys with a lot of touches is now gone but we were facing an issue anyway with a lot of touches leaving when it comes to catching the ball, not necessarily running it. I’m excited about the guys we’ve got. I certainly think those guys have worked really hard. The more you guys write about it, the more chip they get on their shoulder and the better, hopefully, they do.”