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Senior linebacker Tim Kimbrough leaving Georgia

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Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldog defense was dealt a blow on Wednesday with news that senior middle linebacker Tim Kimbrough will be leaving the team. The Indiana native started seven games in 2015 and was Georgia's leading returning tackler after notching 67 total stops last year, but had been splitting snaps with junior Reggie Carter and sophomores Roquan Smith & Natrez Patrick. Still, it was a safe bet that the 6'0, 231 pound senior was going to be counted on to play significant snaps in the middle of a Bulldog defense that's replacing most of its starting linebacking corps from 2015.

Kimbrough was cryptic in a series of tweets discussing his decision, saying only that it was a move that was in his "best interests." Kimbrough was suspended for last year's TaxSlayer Bowl, but today's decision does not appear to have been rooted in any sort of disciplinary or academic issues. But Kimbrough's father, however, seemed to indicate that distance from home and family considerations may have played a part.

It's premature to talk landing spots, but Kimbrough hasn't graduated yet to my knowledge. At least I couldn't find him listed among the Bulldog athletes recently receiving degrees. So unless he drops down to FCS it's likely that wherever he ends up he'll need to sit out a season and play in 2017.