The University announced this evening that freshman defensive back Shaq Jones has been dismissed from the team.Probably not coincidentally, Athens-Clarke County jail records indicate that Jones was arrested today for theft by shoplifting. Mark Richt did not specifically reference that in the statement announcing Jones' dismissal, but he did declare that Georgia has "certain expectations and standards" for all players.
The loss doesn't really affect the depth chart, as Jones had only seen limited action in one game this season, recording a pass break up in his lone appearance of the season against Troy. But he follows Sheldon Dawson (unspecified dismissal) and Rico Johnson (medical disqualification) as the third Bulldog defensive back lost in the past week. With Brendan Langley's move back to defense, Georgia has 11 healthy scholarship DBs left plus walk-on starter Aaron Davis. So that's not really the issue.
While I'm all for discipline and standards, I remain frustrated by the turnover in the Red and Black defensive backfield. We keep talking about how young the Georgia secondary is, but it's hard for it to get any more seasoned if the prime players are continually dismissed or choose to transfer year after year. Interestingly, Jones had been briefly committed to Louisville before deciding to come to Georgia. So if Auburn doesn't snatch him up that'll be something to keep an eye on.
If there's any positive from this, it's that it frees up another scholarship for the 2015 class, where Georgia appears to have more takers than available offers. Three of those pledges so far are from defensive backs, all of whom (Deandre Baker, Shaquery Wilson, and Deontai Williams) are, like Shaq Jones, tall, rangy Floridians. Georgia may well lead for each of several big time cornerback and safety recruits including Rashad Roundtree, Tarvarus McFadden,Donte Jackson, Darius Slayton, and Micah Abernathy.So it's safe to say that help is on the way. Sadly none of them will be on campus this week, however. Until later . . .