Dismissed former Bulldogs defensive back Chris Sanders is headed to Georgia Military College for the next six months and has an eye on an eventual return to Athens. Sanders was dismissed from the team last week along with teammates Nick Marshall and Sanford Seay.
What led to Sanders' dismissal seems to be unrelated to that of Marshall and Seay and at least on the surface, it seems possible that he could find his way back to Athens once his stint at GMC is over.
"Of course Coach Richt was disappointed," Sanders said of his infraction. "He asked me what happened, and I explained to him what happened. Of course he felt bad, and I felt bad. But I was honest with him."
Mark Richt hasn't said one way or the other whether or not Sanders would be welcomed back to the program but it wouldn't be the first time that a player ended up at GMC and then returned to the Bulldogs. Former standout linebacker Odell Thurman went on to good two-year career with the Bulldogs after a stint at GMC.
The report quotes Marshall's high school coach, Wilcox County's Mark Ledford, that Marshall will get a shot to play quarterback at Garden City, a position he played in high school. The departure of Marshall and fellow DB Chris Sanders will create depth concerns for the Bulldogs, who return 10 starters on defense but lose corner and return specialist Brandon Boykin to the NFL Draft. Starting corner Sanders Commings might be facing a suspension after his arrest on domestic violence charges.
Earlier this week it was announced that three Georgia Bulldogs freshman football players had been dismissed from the football team for a "violation of team rules," per a university statement. Chris Sanders, Nick Marshall and Sanford Seay will all be taking their football talents elsewhere, and one possible opportunity for many players for discharged Bulldogs players is Georgia Military College.
Three University of Georgia freshman football players have been dismissed from the football team for a "violation of team rules," according to a statement released by the university. Freshman defensive back Chris Sanders from Tucker, Georgia, is the third named player to be dismissed.
As previously reported, freshman cornerback Nick Marshall and freshman wide receiver Sanford Seay were let go from the team. Fox5 in Atlanta reported that the pair was dismissed for their role in the theft of $500 worth of money and valuables from another Georgia player. The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that Sanders' dismissal may or may not be related to this incident, or stem from unrelated circumstances.
Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt released the following statement:
"It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University. Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education."
Sanders played in three games as a true freshman in the 2011 season, recording tackles against Coastal Carolina and Boise State. Of the three freshmen, Marshall saw the most time at Georgia, playing in 13 games last season, while Seay was redshirted and unlikely to see much (if any) time at receiver in 2012.