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LB Tim Kimbrough speaks out on leave of absence from UGA

Tim Kimbrough
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One of Georgia’s starting inside linebackers last season is on his way out of Athens.

Senior linebacker Tim Kimbrough will transfer from the University of Georgia, according to a report from Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Kimbrough’s father, Tim Kimbrough Sr., confirmed that the senior linebacker will continue his playing career elsewhere.

“He just made a decision to leave in his best interest,” Tim Kimbrough Sr. said.  “He didn’t get into trouble or nothing like that. It’s just in our best intrests. We’re from Indiana and it’s kind of hard. I can’t do everything 600 miles away and get information like I’m supposed to. He just was very unhappy.”

The former Georgia linebacker hinted earlier on Wednesday via Twitter that this could be the case.

“Sometimes in life you will have to make a hard decision even if you don’t want to make it,” Kimbrough said in a series of tweets. “I didn’t want to do it, believe me, it was a family decision. I love the UGA fan. I do everything for y’all.”

Kimbrough has faced adversity throughout his tenure with the program, was not seen at Wednesday’s practice. The media asked Georgia head coach Kirby Smart about his absence from practice, and his response was blunt and he declined further comment.

“Tim’s got a little leave of absence right now,” Smart said. “That’s really all I can say about that.”

In 2015, Kimbrough served as Georgia’s leading tackler, tallying 62 tackles in seven starts. Kimbrough was suspended from the TaxSlayer Bowl at the conclusion of last season, which was also for an undisclosed reason.

Kimbrough has found himself in a bit of a logjam in preseason practice, as junior Reggie Carter and sophomores Natrez Patrick and Roquan Smith have been getting first-team practice reps ahead of Kimbrough.

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