Beal’s path to the field with the Bulldogs has been a difficult one. He redshirted as a freshman in 2017, then played sparingly in special teams and backup roles the last two seasons. This past year, he only played in five games and did not play in the SEC Championship game. He leaves Georgia having participated in 16 games with no starts, 23 tackles and one quarterback sack.
Outside linebacker is a position at which Georgia is well-stocked. The Bulldogs are slated to return starters Azeez Ojulari and Walter Grant, as well Adam Anderson, Jermaine Johnson and Nolan Smith. Also, 5-star prospect Mekhail Sherman of Washington, D.C., currently the top commitment of the 2020 class, is also an outside linebacker.
Beal is the second Georgia player to enter the portal this month, according to published reports. Walk-on running back Prather Hudson, a major contributor on special teams the past two seasons, is seeking a transfer as a graduate of UGA.
Beal’s departure from UGA follows that of another highly-recruited outside linebacker. Brenton Cox abruptly left the Bulldogs in August and transferred to Florida.