Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart announced that William Poole would not be with the program for the rest of the season.
UGASports reported that Smart didn’t specify why Poole is no longer with the program but did say it was for personal reasons. This loss is not great because Poole has been in this program for a long time, but there is a lot of talent in that secondary, so it should be okay.
Poole gave a lot to the Dawgs’ program, and we hope whatever he is dealing with works out for the best. He came up big for the Dawgs down the stretch of the national championship, so we wish him the best.
However, Georgia has games to win, and this secondary will now see some of its younger players step up in his absence.
Georgia football will see its secondary step up despite losing a veteran.
Poole played in the Oregon game but didn’t record a tackle. He didn’t travel with Georgia to South Carolina, so the announcement wasn’t too much of a surprise.
Tykee Smith has been rising the depth chart, and then there is Javon Bullard, who has a lot of talent, just not as much experience. Those two are the guys who will fill the spot where Poole played. Maybe we could see JaCorey Thomas also plays there.
Georgia has the talent in the secondary and some experience, but it will be interesting to see how this affects the Dawgs moving forward. It shouldn’t affect them too badly because Bullard started at that position all three games, but still having Poole back there gave the Dawgs some more experience.
At the same time, this situation could be something that happened because Poole fell down the depth chart. We’re speculating and not saying this is why he left, but with Bullard starting there instead of him, it is something to mention.
It may seem repetitive to say Georgia should be just fine losing a player, but it’s true. This position has talent, and it gains experience by the week. Georgia would likely want him on the team for depth purposes, but the Dawgs are just fine, and this shouldn’t cause any issues in the secondary.