Kirby Smart, Georgia football players share first impressions of transfer arrivals

ATHENS — It was a major talking point during the 2022 season that Georgia did not bring anyone in from the transfer portal. Kirby Smart downplayed that angle often, saying there just wasn’t a proper mesh of need and fit for what Georgia was looking for.

National pundits won’t be able to tout the same line about this Georgia team, as the Bulldogs brought in three players from the transfer portal. Rara Thomas and Dominic Lovett will help bolster the wide receiver position, while Deyon ‘Smoke’ Bouie’s versatility makes him an interesting piece for this secondary.

“When you talk about Dom and RaRa, they’re guys that have competed in our league, they’ve caught a lot of passes in our league, they’ve been very productive in our league and it was a position that we were losing several players at,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “We needed to be able to help our quarterbacks. Quarterbacks need some weapons to throw to, and those guys do that.”

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Thomas, Lovett and Bouie all played for SEC teams prior to arriving at Georgia. But playing for the Bulldogs is a different task for these transfers. Not every player to transfer to Georgia in recent years has been a hit. Quarterback JT Daniels and tight end Arik Gilbert arrived in Athens with tons of hype, only to end up transferring out of the program.




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