The makeup of Georgia's 2022 football program is still coming into focus. This is your one-stop spot for player movement in and out of the transfer portal, those declaring for the NFL draft and coaching staff movement.
QBs make decisions, a top wide receive enters transfer portal
Jan. 19: Just a little news on Wednesday afternoon. Soon after the news of quarterback JT Daniels and wide receiver Jermaine Burton entering the transfer portal, QB Stetson Bennett reveals he's returning for 2022.
Tight end John Fitzpatrick entering the NFL draft
Jan. 18: Add another Georgia underclassmen to the list of those declaring for the NFL draft.
Tight end John Fitzpatrick, a redshirt junior posted Tuesday he's leaving Georgia and entering the draft. The Marist High product started 34 games the last three seasons after redshirting in 2018. He had 6 catches for 83 yards this season and was a force as a blocker for the Bulldogs' offense.
"I came to UGA because I wanted to play at the highest level and to help UGA win a national championship," Fitzpatrick wrote in a Twitter post. "With that goal achieved it is time to move toward my next goal and begin preparing for the 2022 NFL draft."
Georgia pass rusher returning for another season
Jan. 18: Robert Beal, who led Georgia in sacks this past season, is giving the Bulldogs' defense another boost by deciding to return for another year.
The fifth-year senior outside linebacker is taking advantage of a super senior season allowed due to the pandemic. Beal led Georgia with 6 1/2 sacks and had 23 tackles and 18 quarterback pressures. He had five sacks in Georgia's final six games.
"I love everything about this team, this coaching staff, this university and this city!" Beal wrote on an Instagram post."We did it! Let's do it again! Run it back!"
Beal joins nickel back William Poole and safety Christopher Smith in seniors returning for another season.
Georgia support staffer lands on-field coaching job
Jan. 17: Georgia special teams quality control analyst Robby Discher is leaving to becomes special teams coordinator at Tulane, he confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald on Monday night. Discher joined the program last offseason after serving as special teams coordinator and a defensive assistant at Louisiana. FootballScoop reported the hire by Tulane coach Willie Fritz.
Georgia assistant coach Cortez Hankton on the move
Jan. 16: A move that had been bandied about for some time now is set to happen. Georgia wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton is expected to be hired to coach the same position on Brian Kelly's name staff at LSU. Hankton will be returning to his home state.
Nakobe Dean, George Pickens and 3 others on plans for 2022
Jan. 14: Georgia's secondary is getting back a starter for another season. Senior safety Christopher Smith is taking advantage of the NCAA's extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 season of 2020 to return in 2022, he announced on Twitter.
The Atlanta native started 11 games and was second on the team with 3 interceptions to go along with 35 tackles and 4 pass breakups. He had the only touchdown in the season-opening win over Clemson with a pick six.
Meanwhile, Lewis Cine, the Bulldogs' other starting safety, has announced he's declaring for the NFL draft. Here's our story on that and two other players who announced their decisions.
The expected departure of Nakobe Dean, the Butkus Award winning linebacker also is official after he posted on Instagram he's entering the draft and wide receiver George Pickens is another junior putting his name in the draft after returning from a torn ACL. Junior defensive end Travon Walker, a likely first-round draft pick, also declared for the draft.
Running back Zamir White declares for the NFL draft
Jan. 14: Redshirt junior running back Zami White has announced via Instagram he's declaring for the NFL draft.
The Bulldogs leading rusher the past two seasons rushed for 856 yards and 11 touchdowns this season including a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against Alabama in the national title game win. He led the Bulldogs with 84 yards on 13 carries in the game.
The Laurinburg, N.C., native fought back from two ACL tears to finish his Georgia career with 2,043 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns and a 5.3 yard per carry career average.
Georgia DB Latavious Brini enters portal
Jan. 13: Latavious Brini, who started 11 games for Georgia this season, is putting his name in the transfer portal, he posted on Instagram.
Brini was replaced as starter before the SEC championship game against Alabama. William Poole replaced him at the Star nickel position.
Brini had 38 tackles including 2 1/2 for loss with 8 pass breakups. The Miami Gardens product was a redshirt freshman this season but has an extra year of eligiblity due to the COVID season of 2020.
More movement into transfer portal
Jan. 12: Jalen Kimber, considered a contender for a starting cornerback spot before the season, is transferring, his father Art confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald.
The redshirt freshman underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in September, but was expected to be available for spring practice. The Mansfield, Texas native played in one game this season.
Reserve wide receiver Justin Robinson also has entered the transfer portal, according to Jonathan Gess who coached Robinson at Eagles Landing. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Robinson had 2 catches for 18 yards this season. He played one game during his redshirt season last year.
Two reserve players into the transfer portal
Jan. 11: Kirby Smart made mention on Tuesday morning, the day after winning the national title, that some players were expected to head into the transfer portal.
Cornerback Ameer Speed, who started the first three games this season, posted on Twitter that he was entering the portal. Reserve wide receiver Jaylen Johnson has done the same, he confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Both graduated from UGA last month.
Speed played in 13 games, making 13 tackles. Johnson is a former walk-on who had 3 catches for 29 yards this season. He saw action in all but one game.
Jan. 7: Louisville has hired Georgia assistant strength and conditioning coach Ben Sowders at its new director of strength and conditioning.
"It's easy from watching Georgia compete this season that Ben has had a major impact on the physicalness and development on the Bulldog players, who are competing for the College Football National Championship," coach Scott Satterfield said.
Director of football ops resigns
Dec. 20: Josh Lee, a key staffer under Kirby Smart, resigned while the university conducted an investigation. Lee had been on staff as director of football operations since 2014.
Recruiting staffer jumps to Gators
Dec. 16: Katie Turner has left Georgia's recruiting staff to join another SEC East program. Turner was hired by new Florida coach Billy Napier for a recruiting position in Gainesville. They worked together previously at Louisiana.
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Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning hired as Oregon head coach
Dec. 11: After three seasons as Georgia defensive coordinator, Dan Lanning becomes the latest Kirby Smart assistant to land a head coaching job. Lanning was hired to replace Mario Cristobal as Oregon's head coach.
This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia football 2022 tracker: Updates on coaches, staff, players