Tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith, a sophomore, played in eight games in 2012 - mostly on special teams.
Photo: UGA Sports
Photo: UGA Sports

TE Ty Flournoy-Smith to transfer from UGA

News of Flournoy-Smith’s departure first surfaced at a UGA Days speaking engagement in Statesboro Wednesday night in which coach Mark Richt acknowledged the development to reporters.

Richt said then it was likely Flournoy-Smith will attend junior college, possibly Georgia Military College.

“He came to my office and when we were done talking he thought it was in his best interest to transfer out,” Richt told reporters “So that’s kind of where I’m going to leave it right there.”

Richt said there was a possibility Flournoy-Smith could return to Georgia

Flournoy-Smith’s ran into some trouble in Athens. He was arrested in February for filing a false report of a crime after cashing in text books he had reported as stolen. He was disciplined internally, according to Richt.

Flournoy-Smith played in eight games in 2012, mostly on special teams, and did not record a catch. He was heading into the fall third on the Bulldogs’ depth chart behind senior Arthur Lynch and redshirt sophomore Jay Rome.

Georgia already has a commitment from 4-star tight end prospect Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte. What becomes interesting now is whether this development reignites the recruiting relationship between the Bulldogs and Milan Richard.

Richard, a highly-touted tight end from Savannah, is the nephew of UGA legend Herschel Walker. Richard had an offer from Georgia but committed to Clemson shortly after Blazevich pledged to UGA because the Bulldogs said they would sign only one tight end.

Richt can’t comment on unsigned prospects but indicated there’s a chance they could now take another tight end.

“I’m really not sure,” he said. “I don’t want to say we’re set, but I don’t want to say we’re not… . We had our target (number). We basically hit it, and now with this changing, I’m just not sure yet.”

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