We’ve reached the point in the college football calendar where any news outside of football recruiting is usually bad news. Every head college football coach in America is just counting down the days until training camp begins in August so his team can get to practice without any departures for behavior related issues. Today in Georgia, Kirby Smart was not so lucky.
The Bulldogs hit everyone with a late Friday afternoon news dump with the report that leading returning wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman was no longer a member of the football team following assault allegations. According to Kirby Smart, “Jeremiah Holloman no longer represent the University of Georgia football program” due to an investigation regarding an assault in 2018.
In the report, after Georgia’s spring game last season, the victim claimed that Holloman choked her in a vehicle and then punched her after getting out of the vehicle while standing behind Holloman’s brother. The victim did not decide to come forward with the crime until earlier this month. After the incident, the victim received six stitches at a local medical center in Athens. In interviews with police, Holloman admits to hitting the victim.
The victim has decided to not pursue the case criminally, but this is still a horrible situation for everyone involved. As far as on the field goes, losing the former top-125 prospect and four-star receiver will sting for the Bulldogs.
Last year, Holloman bursted on the scene to record 24 catches for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. He became UGA’s best big play threat at receiver and was the star of the big win over Florida at the Cocktail Party. Georgia lost their offensive coordinator and top four returning receivers to the NFL Draft before the news on Holloman dropped.
Jake Fromm is now going to have a lot on his shoulders in 2019. The junior will be playing quarterback for a brand new coordinator and will have a ton of new receivers to break in. The Bulldogs have stacked some elite recruiting classes on top of one another, but continuity in the receiving department is usually a telltale sign of your passing game staying the same or improving.
The Dawgs are still the team to beat in the SEC East and a true College Football Playoff contender. But without Holloman, their offense has some more big questions to answer in 2019.