Georgia head coach Kirby Smart Georgia outside linebacker Robert Beal (33) Baton Rouge, Louisiana - October 13, 2018: Tiger Stadium, the number 13 ranked Louisiana State University Tigers play the number 2 ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs. Final score LSU 36, UGA 16.(Photo by Steven Limentani)
Photo: Steven Limentani/ISI Photos
Photo: Steven Limentani/ISI Photos

Georgia’s Robert Beal withdraws name from transfer portal

Georgia linebacker Robert Beal, who entered the NCAA transfer portal last month, reportedly will remain with the Bulldogs

Beal removed his name from the portal, according to a report by 247Sports on Thursday. Beal had been in the portal since mid-December. NCAA transfer-portal information is protected by federal privacy laws and UGA officials cannot comment on it.

Beal, a 6-foot-4, 244-pound redshirt sophomore, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the post-game locker room at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 he was reconsidering his decision to seek a transfer.

“Everything’s still kind of in the air right now,” Beal said at the time. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ll have to sit down and talk to my family and decide then.”

Georgia is loaded at outside linebacker, which is the position Beal plays. He played in only five games this past season, while freshmen Azeez Ojulari and Nolan Smith got the majority of the playing time. The Peachtree Ridge High School graduate played in 11 of 14 games in 2018 an recorded 15 tackles and a sack.

“It was kind of rough during the season,” Beal said. “I just wanted to explore my options and see if I could get in somewhere else and get more playing time.”

Beal traveled to New Orleans with the Bulldogs and dressed for the game, but did not play. He is not eligible for a redshirt, so he will be a junior next season.

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