- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
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The Bulldogs will be without the services of outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga./Dodge County) this fall. The NCAA Clearinghouse did not approve an online course he took, so Floyd will not qualify academically.
“The NCAA didn’t clear one of the courses I took in high school,” Floyd said. “It was a class I took early in high school. I can’t even remember it.”
On June 30, Floyd’s family threw him a going-away party as he planned to leave last Thursday to report to the Bulldogs. He did not arrive with the other freshmen, as he was still taking a summer school course -- world geography -- in which he would receive a grade of 91. Floyd later got word that the Clearinghouse had red-flagged some of his classes, and he stayed home awaiting a decision.
“I am very disappointed because at first I thought I was good to go,” Floyd said. “But then the NCAA called back and said that they didn’t clear the class I took.”
Floyd says he will attend prep school and not a junior college.
“I have to go to prep school and then go to UGA in January,” Floyd said. “The coaches just said they would take care of which school. They said the councilors would take care of it.”
Floyd's inability to report leaves the Bulldogs with just 74 players on the roster heading into fall camp.