Georgia’s off-season has been nothing but disastrous. First, their starting running back, Isiah Crowell, was arrested on gun possession charges. Crowell was subsequently dismissed from the team a few days later.
Today, the Bulldogs are losing another player but from the defensive side of the ball. In a release, Georgia announced that linebacker Brandon Burrows has decided to transfer from the Bulldogs.
The decision seems to have come down to two factors: one, Burrows seeking an opportunity for more playing time and, two, more playing time in a 4-3 system.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham came to Georgia following the 2009 season and began immediately installing a 3-4 defense. Burrows signed with the bulldogs a little over two weeks after Grantham was hired.
After two years of attempting to adapt, Burrows feels his skillset is conducive to being a 4-3 defensive end more so than a 3-4 linebacker.
“I came out of high school playing the defensive end position in a 4-3 defense which is what I truly love,” said Burrows in a statement. “The coaching change here led to a 3-4 defense. I have worked with that transition but decided that I want to get back to playing defensive end. I think another program may give me the best opportunity to succeed at that”.
“I’m eternally gratefully for the opportunity Coach Richt has given me at UGA and for the fact that he gave me an unconditional release. I know I’ll be hard-pressed to find a group of coaches and players that will develop into the leaders and friends that I have known here in Athens.”
After redshirting as a true freshman, Burrows missed the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. As a three-star member of UGA’s ’10 class coming out of Marietta, Ga., Burrows was rated as the No. 28 strongside end by Rivals.com.
“Brandon is an outstanding person, student-athlete and has a wonderful family,” said Richt. “We’ve enjoyed having him as part of our program and will provide whatever assistance we can in his transition. I am completely understanding of his decision and wish him nothing but the best.”
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