Rumors out of Athens since the bowl game have had sophomore wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie considering a transfer, potentially to join Mark Richt at Miami. However there hasn't really been anything to substantiate the rumors, at least until this evening when McKenzie's fellow Bulldog receiver Terry Godwin posted the below photo on Instagram.
While it's certainly nothing official, it sure looks like a farewell to McKenzie. Since he hasn't redshirted, McKenzie could transfer to an FBS program, sit out a season, and still have two years to play. Another pull might be that Mark Richt recently added McKenzie's high school coach, Mike Rumph, to his staff in Coral Gables.
If the Human Joystick does take his talents back home to south Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, the effect on Georgia's offense and special teams would be palpable. McKenzie was among the few bright spots for the Red and Black offense late in the season, when Brian Schottenheimer finally got the jet sweep he'd wanted to run all season to finally gel. And while Godwin and Reggie Davis may be serviceable as punt returners, neither is the threat to take every kick to the house that iMac is.
Some attrition is a normal part of every coaching change. And McKenzie hasn't always had a smooth ride in Athens, having been suspended for the Belk Bowl during his freshman season, and part of a police investigation after an incident at a local Chili's in October. But it's pretty frustrating to imagine him leaving town at precisely the moment things seemed to be coming together for him. McKenzie's transfer would put additional pressure on a receiving corps that is losing Malcolm Mitchell already. While Godwin showed real potential as a freshman and fellow freshman Michael Chigbu played some meaningful snaps, there's far less depth than needed at the position, and no players on campus or in the 2016 recruiting class with McKenzie's big play ability. Put another way, there's no good way to spin this.