As you may have heard yesterday, sophomore DL Jonathan Taylor was arrested and charged with a pretty serious felony and no-no.
Today, he got checked out of his short stay off Jail Road in Athens-Clarke County, and was shortly thereafter dismissed from the team according to multiple reports. One can only assume that was the reason such a decision wasn't announced yesterday, to give Richt a chance to deliver the news to the kid personally before announcing it in the media. Everyone is reporting it as official, although Georgia has yet to put a statement up on georgiadogs.com.
And as we saw with Tray Matthews, "dismissed" means Taylor isn't restricted in his options for transfer. This is Richt's long standing policy, even if it means we might be seeing him soon on an opposing SEC roster. Taylor has already redshirted one season though, so it may make more sense for the young man from Jenkins County to play this coming season at a JUCO before choosing his next major college landing spot so that he can still get much needed game time in the fall.
The departure of Taylor leaves Tracy Rocker with thinner group to work in on the DL, as the 6'5 wide body was expected to make a big step up into the defensive rotation this fall. Georgia still has Ray Drew, Sterling Bailey, Chris Mayes, Mike Thornton, Toby Johnson, and a couple others to battle in the SEC trenches this fall.
Expect Georgia to significantly reload across the board in the 2015 signing class, with a size that may match or exceed the large group of two years ago.