The Georgia Bulldogs lost more than head coach Mark Richt on Sunday.
Junior linebacker Leonard Floyd took to Twitter and announced his intention to depart from the program following the season:
It apparently wasn't the only time the playmaker declared his desire to leave, per Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald:
Floyd also mentioned his decision process may have been different if the school didn’t part ways with Richt, as ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach reported:
Richt recruited Floyd and plenty of other talented players and led the program to a 145-51 mark during his 15 seasons. He also coached Georgia to 15 bowl games, two SEC championships and three other appearances in the conference title game.
While Georgia failed to live up to expectations in a wide-open SEC East the past few years, Richt was instrumental in building the program into one of the nation’s best. He clearly had an effect on players like Floyd as well.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports projected Floyd as the No. 16 overall pick in a recent mock draft: “Floyd lacks ideal size at 6'3", 232 pounds, but he is surprisingly strong at the point of attack and offers great burst and flexibility as an edge-rusher.”
According to Sports-Reference.com, Floyd has 174 total tackles, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his three seasons at Georgia. He is versatile enough to attack the quarterback on passing downs or drop back in coverage, and he plugs holes on running plays with strength and athleticism.
Those skills would have made him a defensive leader during his senior season in 2016 under whomever the Bulldogs elect to bring in as coach, but he is sure to turn heads in the NFL leading up to the draft.