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With leading receiver Jeff Greene no longer on the team, Georgia Tech will be down to three wideouts for the Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl against USC -- Darren Waller, Jeremy Moore and Chris Jackson. The trio has combined for 18 catches this season in the Jackets’ run-based offense. Greene was leading the team with 18 catches for 284 yards and two touchdowns -- an average of 21.8 yards per catch -- when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported he was no longer with the team.
Coach Paul Johnson confirmed Greene’s mutual departure following Thursday’s practice session.
“Guys have to do what they've gotta do," Johnson said.
The good news for Georgia Tech is that Greene hadn’t started the past four games, so there is other experience available. The Jackets have also used their A-backs, or slot backs, more than the receivers this year. There are still plenty of targets available for quarterback Tevin Washington. As far as receivers go, though, Moore started at Georgia and against Florida State in the ACC championship game, and Jackson started against North Carolina and Duke. Not having Greene for the bowl game will be a loss, but the position will improve next year, as the bulk of experience returns, along with Anthony Autry, who showed some promise in the first eight games before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
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