Fluker, speaking from back home in Meridian, Miss., said his parting of ways had more to do with his lack of playing time than health issues that contributed to him not playing after being signed out of East Mississippi Community College.
“I was supposed to get my playing time at Georgia, that’s how it was supposed to be but it wasn’t what they said in my living room and on my couch. It wasn’t done that way,” Fluker said. “I wasn’t getting my playing time like I was supposed to and like they said they were going to get me.”
Fluker, a candidate to start as preseason practices began, had been listed on Georgia’s injury report for much of the season as being out with an undisclosed illness. Fluker said he had suffered a seizure.
He said that was due to a “a lack of water fluids.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt said midway through the season that Fluker was heading towards a redshirt season.
Fluker said he could have stayed and played next season.
“Many times transferring to another school is for the best and we certainly wish Shaquille nothing but success in achieving his academic and athletic goals,” Richt said in a statement.
Richt wasn’t available to speak to the media on Tuesday, but student privacy on medical issues would probably keep him from speaking on Fluker.
Fluker said he first talked to Georgia coaches about possibly transferring in October and returned home before Thanksgiving for the birth of his daughter. He said he was able to complete his final exams.
Fluker said he is talking to FCS and Division II schools. He said he will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Lynch supporting good friends Mettenberger, Murray through season-ending knee injuries
Tight end Arthur Lynch knew his good friend and former Georgia teammate Zach Mettenberger was “down in the dumps,” after the LSU quarterback’s season ended with a knee injury.
So he made good on a promise to visit Mettenberger when Lynch and Georgia offensive lineman Hunter Long went to LSU last week.
Mettenberger and LSU put on quite a battle against Georgia and Aaron Murray in a 44-41 Bulldogs win in September in Athens.
Now Murray and Mettenberger’s college careers are both over.
Murray said last week he spoke to Mettenberger, the Oconee County High product, on the phone.
“They both found similar success their senior year at a major Division I SEC program,” Lynch said. “For a while both in the national title hunt, and arguably I guess Heisman contenders for the first half of the season and then within six days of the last games in their (regular) seasons, they tear ACLs. It’s almost like a horror film or a really good film that has a horrific ending. They’re both strong kids, both obviously are still going to have success in the NFL. It’s just a matter of where they end up.”
Lynch said he may end up training for the draft at the same location with Mettenberger, who could rehab in Baton Rouge until late January and then continue at the training site.
Green open to playing cornerback
On a day Tramel Terry practiced a second straight day at safety, freshman J.J. Green said he hoped he would spend the rest of his career at tailback
“Of course,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind going to DB, though. I wouldn’t mind doing that at all. I played corner in high school and I played against some of the best wide receivers in the country. Learning from them in high school, I can probably do the same in college learning from the best wide receivers on our team. …Senior year, I didn’t really get any balls thrown my side.”
The 5-foot-9, 183-pound Green is Georgia’s second-leading rusher this year with 365 yards, behind sophomore Todd Gurley, but with Keith Marshall returning next season from a torn ACL and Georgia having commitments from top tailback prospects Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, Green’s future position has been a conversation piece.
“If I’m not producing then I would want to move,” said Green, who had three interceptions as a senior at Camden County.
Richt has said Green could line up as a slot receiver, but the plan for now is for him to remain at tailback.
Terry, who redshirted this season as a receiver, wasn’t made available for interviews on Tuesday and Richt has not addressed him practicing in the secondary.
“I see it as a jump start to the spring,” receiver Rhett McGowan said. “It gives him a head start learning the defense, whether he stays there or not. I think that’s kind of what they’re looking at right now. …If they need to move him, now he’s already got some experience in the defense a little bit.”
This and that
Murray, Lynch, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and kicker Marshall Morgan were named as honorable mention on SI.com’s All-America team. …
end Jay Rome underwent foot surgery last Friday, according to Georgia. Richt said on Saturday that Rome wouldn’t play in the bowl game.
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins (illness) did not practice Tuesday. Defensive end Garrison Smith (ankle) practiced in a non-contact jersey.
Former Georgia cornerback Chris Sanders, one of three players dismissed in February 2012, along with Nick Marshall, has found a new home. After playing for Eastern Arizona College, Sanders plans to play next season at Baylor, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.