July 15, 2024

Georgia, despite its dominance in college football over the past three seasons, isn’t immune to players opting for the transfer portal. Even a powerhouse like Georgia, with two recent National Championships, experienced two departures as the new spring transfer portal opened on Monday.

Earlier in the day, running back Andrew Paul made his move into the portal, signaling a shift in the Bulldogs’ offensive lineup. Later, wide receiver Braxton Lee Hicks took to X, a social media platform, to express gratitude to Georgia and its fans before announcing his entry into the transfer portal. Hicks, a Georgia native in his junior season, has seen limited playing time since joining the Bulldogs.

Speculation suggests that Hicks might have awaited the outcome of spring practices before making his decision, likely realizing his prospects for significant playing time were slim. Unlike the winter transfer portal for SEC players, the spring portal carries different regulations. Players entering the spring portal cannot transfer to another SEC team and play immediately. This restriction leaves Hicks with the likelihood of seeking opportunities outside the SEC, where he can have a more active role on the field. Despite his departure from Georgia, Hicks’ decision seems driven by a desire for more playing time, which he might find in a smaller school’s jersey.

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