Veteran Georgia wide receiver reportedly enters transfer portal
Georgia on Tuesday received a slew of announcements about players returning, but the Bulldogs will likely miss a veteran receiver for the 2021.
Junior WR Matt Landers has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports, including from Seth Emerson of The Athletic and Matt Zenitz of AL.com. Landers had two catches for 27 yards this season, saw a number of snaps, suited up in the Peach Bowl but didn’t have any targets. He did not play against Alabama or Missouri, and those catches both came against Arkansas in the season opener.
Landers last year played in 12 of 14 games, and finished with 10 catches for 105 yards. He had a career-long catch of 26 yards against Georgia Tech, and caught a career-best three passes for 25 yards against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl, including his first career TD catch for 16 yards.
The St. Petersburg, Florida native was a 247Sports 3-star prospect and was the No. 97 ranked wide receiver nationally and the No. 89 overall prospect in Florida. He had a reported 24 offers, including several across the SEC.
About a year ago, coach Kirby Smart discussed Landers’ progression after the receiver admitted it took him awhile to adjust to Smart’s coaching style early in his career.
“I think that Matt has finally figured out that ‘If I play special teams and I play well, then I have an opportunity to contribute on offense and maybe even get some balls,'” Smart said, per Dawg Nation. “You earn the right to do that by how you compete, what you do, and he’s come a long way. I’m really proud of Matt and how he’s grown up.”