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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: William Poole #31 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts with Nakobe Dean #17 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

William Poole, a Georgia Bulldog defensive back is no longer a part of the football team. According to dawgnation.com, the sixth-year senior is leaving for personal reasons. Coach Kirby Smart confirmed the news on Monday.

“William Poole is not going to be with us for the remainder of the season,” Smart said at his Monday press conference. “He’s dealing with a personal matter, and he’s going to focus on that and his health and well-being, so he will not be with us for the rest of the year, unfortunately.”

The former Georgia Bulldog penned an emotional post on Instagram on Monday.

Poole was a starter last season in the SEC Championship Game and CFP Championship Game and played 33 games over the course of his career.

When asked how the defense would be affected, Smith responded. “We’ve been chugging along, we’ve had (Javon) Bullard at the star and Tykee (Smith) at star the entire fall camp,” Smart said. “Poole played some there in the third down situations against Oregon, but he was working more at corner.”

Georgia will play Kent State at home on Saturday. WGAC’s Gameday coverage begins ay 8:00am. Kickoff is at Noon.

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