Rosenhaus: Top 5 Georgia Football Players Kicked Off Team To Go On And Be Successful With Other Schools
It happened again this week… another Georgia Bulldog, Jonathan Taylor, was arrested and will most likely be released from the team. And future potential Bulldog was arrested for stealing from a dorm room this week too. Five Star recruit Darnell Saloman was the subject of an arrest warrant issued earlu on Wednesday morning, July 23d, 2014.
Speculation that this was largely a problem because of the recruiting done by Todd Grantham seems to not be holding water. This is happening on both sides of the ball and continues to happen after Grantham’s departure last year.
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 University of Georgia football players that have been dismissed from the team, yet have gone on to have success elsewhere.
Nick Marshall – Originally a cornerback at the University of Georgia, Marshall now is the starting QB at Auburn. Marshall and two fellow freshman teammates were caught stealing from another teammate before the 2012 season. They were dismissed from the team as Marshall then found his way to Garden City Community College where he was the starting QB in 2012 and led the team to a 7-4 record while scoring 37 touchdowns (19 rushing, 18 passing), passing for 3,142 yards, and becoming the team’s leading rusher with 1,095 yards. Transferring to Auburn before the 2013 season, the former UGA player led the Auburn Tigers to the National Championship game where they would eventually fall to Auburn.
Zach Mettenberger – Zach Mettenberger originally attended University Of Georgia but was kicked off the team due to a violation of team rules. On April 30, 2010, Mettenberger pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor sexual battery charges which took place just outside of Valdosta, Georgia. Mettenberger expressed regret for the incident and said he hoped to get a second chance to play football, and that he did at LSU two years later. After spending a year at Butler Community College and leading them to the JUCO National Championship game, he transferred to LSU and was the starting QB for two full seasons in Baton Rouge. He was selected in this past May’s draft by the Tennessee Titans.
Isaiah Crowell – A former five star recruit for UGA out of Columbus, GA, 2011 was his only year of contribution in Athens. During the summer before the 2012 season, Crowell was arrested on a weapons charge and dismissed from the team. He was charged with possessing a concealed weapon, having a weapon in a school zone and having an altered ID mark on the weapon. He also had drug problems which came about during his arrest, and was suspended and disciplined during his freshman year for drug related issues. He rushed for 850 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman despite missing playing time due to those suspensions as well as injuries. He’s currently with the Cleveland Browns in training camp.
Tray Matthews – A starter during the 2013 season, Matthews was thrown off the team following the season for a myriad of things including a classroom disruption as well as taking a part in a check cashing scheme. Matthews, promising when healthy, suffered a hamstring early on that slowed him down most of the season. He has now gone on to transfer and play for enemy #1, the Auburn Tigers, and will suit up for Gus Malzahn starting this upcoming season.
Josh Harvey-Clemons – Another member of UGA’s secondary a year ago, Harvey-Clemons was dismissed for multiple violations of UGA’s marijuana-use policy back in the spring. Harvey-Clemons started 11 games at safety for the Bulldogs last season, making 66 tackles, grabbing an interception and securing three fumble recoveries. A former five star recruit out of Valdosta, Josh will redshirt the 2014 season and will play under former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham starting in 2015 at the University of Louisville.