After abrupt departure from team, Tim Kimbrough returns for Georgia pro day

Tim Kimbrough
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ATHENS, Ga. – Tim Kimbrough left Georgia last August by way of a “mutual decision” with Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart. On Wednesday, he made his return to the school for Georgia’s pro day.

Though he did not participate after recently suffering a torn pectoral muscle, Kimbrough wanted to be at the event to speak with NFL teams. And as he said himself, the most popular topic was his exit from the program.

“It comes up a lot,” Kimbrough said. “They (NFL teams) really want to know what happened. But it was just a mutual decision. Yeah, it was a mutual decision with the coaches.”

Kimbrough left the team in a dispute apparently over playing time under new coach Kirby Smart. After starting seven games as a junior in 2015, he appeared to fall behind then-sophomores Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick on the depth chart over the offseason.

But Kimbrough said he now is on good terms with Smart, sentiments the coach backed up when he said there was no hard feelings between each other. Both he and inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann agreed to allow Kimbrough to participate in the school’s pro day.

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“Tim’s got an opportunity to come back here,” Smart said. “I like for guys that played here to come back. I told Brice (Ramsey) and Reggie (Wilkerson) the same thing. They’ll be able to come back here and work out. I think that’s important. If this is where you played for most of your career, I want you to come back and do a pro day here. That was the extent of it.”

Kimbrough said he had entertained the idea of playing at a Division II school for his final of eligibility, but ultimately decided against it because they wanted him to redshirt and then play in 2017.

Kimbrough, who has hired an agent, said he now will hold some workouts in his hometown of Indianapolis ahead of the NFL draft. He was using a sling at times on Wednesday for his torn pectoral muscle, which he injured while bench pressing.

Since his departure from Georgia, he said he has just been working out and now weighs 234, up from the 230 when he left. He is 6 feet tall.

During his three-year career with the Bulldogs, Kimbrough had 104 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss. He also had one sack, one pass defended and forced fumble.

No matter what happens with his potential professional career, Kimbrough said he wants to still get his degree from Georgia, as opposed to somewhere else. According to his biography on the Georgia athletic website, he was a criminal justice major.

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