published Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Mark Beard staying with Georgia

Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3), fullback Alexander Ogletree (46), and guard Mark Beard (79) celebrate in Athens, Ga. , in this 2012 file photo.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3), fullback Alexander Ogletree (46), and guard Mark Beard (79) celebrate in Athens, Ga. , in this 2012 file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Georgia senior offensive tackle Mark Beard was back Friday morning doing winter workouts with the Bulldogs.

Beard announced Thursday that he was planning to graduate in May before transferring to play his final season elsewhere. He had a quick change of heart, asking to return to the team, and had his request granted by coach Mark Richt.

"Sometimes making a decision and living it out are two different things," Richt said Friday. "As I've mentioned before, the same thing happened to me. As a player, I told my coach I had decided to leave for what I thought were all the right reasons. But after a few days, I realized it was a bad decision and asked to come back.

"He took me back, and I'm happy Mark will still be part of our program."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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