Georgia freshman Atkinson gives up football

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia freshman tight end Hunter Atkinson has decided he won't pursue a football career.

In a statement on Wednesday, Georgia said Atkinson instead will focus ''on opportunities associated with his long-term career goals.'' Coach Mark Richt says he understands Atkinson's decision.

Atkinson signed with Georgia this year after winning all-state honors at West Hall High School.