Cornerbacks Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders and wide receiver Sanford Seay were booted for a “violation of team rules,” according to the school.
“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and university,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “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 to find opportunities where they can continue their education.”
As a freshman last season, Marshall recorded five tackles in 13 games with a role on special teams.
Marshall had designs on playing for the Bulldogs’ basketball team and was viewed as athletic enough to offer playmaking abilities on offense as well.
Richt had mentioned Marshall as a player who could have a bigger role next season.
“I think it’s a shame,” said Mark Ledford, who coached Marshall at Wilcox County. “He had a great opportunity at Georgia. He was going to have an opportunity to contribute to the team more next year, but that opportunity is gone now.”
Sanders recorded three tackles in three games last season before being lost for the year with a shoulder injury. Seay, a scout-team player last season, had already run into internal team discipline issues during the season.
While Georgia returns 10 starters from the Outback Bowl on defense, depth in the secondary now becomes thinner, particularly at cornerback.
Brandon Boykin is preparing for the NFL Draft and backup Jordan Love transferred to Towson, an FCS program in Maryland.
Starting cornerback Sanders Commings could face suspension after his arrest in January on a domestic violence charge.