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Georgia Players, Fans Support Former Dawg's Transfer Waiver

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

When circumstances outside of football force a player to transfer, ex-teammates are likely to be a lot more supportive of moving. Such is the case of former Georgia tight end Luke Ford, who is on his way to Illinois and seeking an immediate eligibility waiver.

Earlier this year, Ford announced his transfer in part so he could be closer to his ailing grandfather. But while the school requested a waiver to let him play immediately rather than sit, the NCAA has balked so far.

By contrast, the NCAA granted almost immediate eligibility to Justin Fields when he transferred from Georgia to Ohio State. Tate Martell similarly received a quick resolution when he went from Ohio State to Miami.

As a result, many Georgia players and fans have been taking to Twitter in support of the now-former Dawg to support his attempt to play.

Coming out of high school in 2018, Ford was one of the top prospects in the country.

247Sports had him listed as a four-star talent and the No. 51 overall prospect. He was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Illinois.

He did not play much for Georgia as a freshman though, making one reception for four yards.