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Three Georgia Bulldogs expected to opt-out of bowl game

Three key members of the Georgia football team have decided to opt-out of the Bulldogs’ upcoming bowl game to focus on their impending appearance in the Reeses' Senior Bowl and upcoming NFL Draft, UGASports has learned.

Tight end Tre McKitty, linebacker Monty Rice and cornerback D.J. Daniel have all decided that they will not take part in the UGA bowl game, which will be announced Sunday afternoon.

This will mark the second straight year Georgia players have opted out of the bowl, following last year’s decisions by Isaiah Wilson, J.R Reed and Andrew Thomas to skip the team’s Sugar Bowl win over Baylor.

McKitty, who came to Georgia as a grad transfer from Florida State, started the last seven game for the Bulldogs, finishing the year with five catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

He missed the first two games due to injury.

After starting 13 of Georgia 14 games in 2019, Daniel played mostly a backup role this fall, seeing action in eight of Georgia's nine games. He finished the year with nine tackles.

Rice, meanwhile, has been a key part of Georgia's defense for the past four years, starting 27 games over his career, earning second-team All-SEC honors in 2019. Last week, Rice was tabbed as one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes annually to the nation's top linebacker.

It appears they won't be alone.

UGASports has also learned that defensive backs Mark Webb, Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes are also leaning to opt out, with right guard Ben Cleveland another possibility.

More to come.