Linebacker Dowtin to transfer from Georgia

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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.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/11/11 - 09:49 pm
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Does anyone care?

Does anyone care?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/12/11 - 04:41 am
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Truly, I care, and I'd think

Truly, I care, and I'd think most Dawg fans would. Not so much that Dowtin is leaving the team, but that something is "being done". People love to point fingers at college football teams when their players get in some sort of legal trouble, and call them a rogue program. So, here we have a kid, who made a big mistake, is leaving his team, when in actuality, he's being asked to leave. Finally a sign that Richt and the admin are being serious about cleaning up the program of troublemakers. Yeah, I care.

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CoastalDawg 01/12/11 - 09:21 am
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Zach Mettenberger, possibly

Zach Mettenberger, possibly the heir apparent to the quarterback position @ UGA, was dismissed in an almost public fashion, but Marcus Dowtin, a lesser figure on the team, was allowed to quietly walk away from the team. Was Mettenberger allowed to transfer directly to another team? He landed @ Butler Junior College where he apparently did quite well, but his team lost their championship game by one point. Now he will return and probably beat Georgia when we play LSU. I'm all for discipline and don't question Coach Richt's cutting him from the team and maybe the same was done with Marcus Dowtin; but the negative publicity that was given to Mettenberger,and maybe deservedly so, isn't quite the same as Dowtin's being able to just quietly walk away, no questions asked. I would think that covering the arrest would be an even worse scenario than Mettenberger's lack of truthfulness (that is what has been said to be the reason for his being cut).

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 01/12/11 - 09:22 am
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Oh one other thing, if an

Oh one other thing, if an individual doesn't care, why post that? Does anyone care that an unknown person doesn't care?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/12/11 - 09:37 am
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Coastal!!! DID get the

Coastal!!!
DID get the conversations started - didn't it? :-)

wlightnin42
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wlightnin42 01/14/11 - 10:05 am
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Sometimes you just have to

Sometimes you just have to let people know you care.

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