LB Detric Bing-Dukes transferring from UGA


With his path on Georgia’s depth chart blocked, Detric Bing-Dukes has decided to look elsewhere to continue his collegiate career.

After announcing it Saturday, Georgia released statements from the player and his now-former head Sunday officially confirming the decision to transfer.  The decision was triggered by Bing-Dukes’ desire to seek a better opportunity at playing time at another football program.

“I love Georgia and appreciate the opportunity I had to be a Bulldog,” said Bing-Dukes in his statement. “However, I think my opportunities to play and contribute more will be better at another school.”

As is the case with any Bulldog who transfers out, head coach Mark Richt won’t block Bing-Dukes’ move to any other FBS school, including those in the SEC. If the linebacker does land at another FBS school, though, he’ll have to sit out the 2015 season.

“Detric has been an outstanding Bulldog and I understand his decision and desire to have a better opportunity,” said Richt. “We will do anything we can to assist him in the transition and wish him great success.”

Bing-Dukes was a four-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 15 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 29 player at any position in the state of Georgia.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and had been buried fourth on UGA’s depth chart through the first part of summer camp.

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Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.