ATHENS, Ga. — Rising redshirt senior Brice Ramsey will depart Georgia as a graduate transfer, the school said Tuesday.
The move has been anticipated as a possibility this off-season.
Ramsey was third-string at quarterback last season behind Jacob Eason and Greyson Lambert, but took over as the punter after Marshall Long’s season-ending knee injury.
Ramsey averaged 34.7 yards per punt on 20 punts last season and punted 45 times for an average of 38.7 yards in his career.
He is on track to graduate from Georgia in May.
“It’s rare for a quarterback who’s not getting to play to stay anymore probably,” said Jeff Herron, who coached Ramsey at Camden County High. “Certainly, I think he can play anywhere. That’s my opinion of him. I think he would be a great addition to any team and have a chance to maybe go on from there.”
Herron said he hasn’t talked to Ramsey for about five weeks.
As part of a statement Ramsey provided to 247Sports, he said, “I understand the meaning of living life with no regrets. So after a talk with my family over spring break, I have decided to try and play my last year at another institution.”
Ramsey completed 45 of 74 passes for 582 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions for the Bulldogs. He was beat out for the starting job by Lambert in 2015 and was part of the competition in 2016 for the position.
“I have enjoyed my years at UGA, the bonds I have made with the coaching staff as well as the numerous friendships with my teammates will last a lifetime, and will continue to guide me with decisions and future endeavors,” he said. “I will never look back on my time at UGA with regret. I have loved every minute of my time here.”
Georgia now has two scholarship quarterbacks in Eason and freshman Jake Fromm along with walk-ons.
“You want to have four or five quarterbacks on your roster and we don’t have that right now,” coach Kirby Smart said Monday night.
Smart said in August his policy on graduate transfers was not to place restrictions on them.
Georgia also announced that reserve defensive back Reggie Wilkerson will leave as a graduate transfer.
Wilkerson is a rising redshirt senior from Citra, Fla., who played in six games last season, making five tackles. He had 17 career tackles in 20 games with one interception, against Vanderbilt in 2015.
He missed the 2013 season after sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee during a summer passing drill.