Old friends set to reunite

Anthony Dasher, Editor
GA Varsity

Associated Press

Wide receiver Terry Godwin said he can’t wait to see Johnathan Abram, a former Bulldog now playing an important role in the secondary for Mississippi State.

“The funny thing about that, I talked to John earlier today,” Godwin said Monday. “Just to see him out there doing his thing, that makes me smile because he’s still a part of this Bulldog Nation and that’s something that we lean on.”

Former teammates, Godwin and Abram were part of Georgia’s 2015 signing class, with each seeing significant playing time their first seasons in Red and Black.

An early enrollee, Abram had 25 tackles for the Bulldogs his freshman year, including a season-high five against Florida. But Abram did not play in two of Georgia’s final four games and, prior to the Bulldogs’ game against Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl, left Athens for junior college.

One year later, Abram matriculated to his home state school, Mississippi State, after spending a season at Jones County Community College.

“When he left here, we still kept in touch and do to this day,” said Godwin, who enters play with six receptions for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Abram – who comes in with 11 tackles in three games - isn’t the only former Bulldog getting a second chance with Mississippi State.

Chauncey Rivers is also a member of Dan Mullen’s squad after signing with the program following a year at East Mississippi Community College.

However, Rivers, who was kicked off the team by Kirby Smart following a trio of drug infractions, won’t be on the field after the NCAA ruled him ineligible after failing to retain his academic eligibility.

“For any Bulldog to leave, it’s tough to see them go because you built that bond with them, and even though they’re no longer here,” Godwin said. “But you’re still going to have that bond, you’re still going to communicate.”

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