ATHENS, Ga. --- Junior inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin, among Georgia's top tacklers each of the past two seasons, is transferring.
Dowtin was granted an unconditional release, the school said this evening.
The news of his departure comes the week after revelations that Dowtin had faced a second-degree assault charge in his home state in Ocean City, Md., stemming from a bar fight on May 29. That case did not move forward after it was resolved to the victim's satisfaction on Dec. 21.
Coach Mark Richt was not aware of the incident until last week, and when asked about Dowtin's status said: "We'll talk about Marcus in a couple of days."
It was unclear whether Dowtin could have remained with the team.
Dowtin traveled to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl, but did not play in the 10-6 loss to Central Florida on New Year's Eve, for what was termed a "coach's decision."
Georgia could not provide details about possible destinations for Dowtin.
Dowtin is the second Georgia player to be given a release to transfer in recent weeks. The other is junior Nick Williams, who played sparingly this season as he moved between safety and linebacker.