Posted by Chip Patterson
Georgia Tech offensive tackle Phil Smith will not return to the Yellow Jackets for the 2012 season, the school announced on Wednesday.
Smith started every game he was eligible, but was suspended by head coach Paul Johnson on two different occasions. The redshirt junior missed the first two games of the season and the Yellow Jackets' bowl game, both as a result of violating team rules.
"He and Coach [Paul] Johnson decided that it's probably best for him to concentrate on his studies," associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said.
Smith's position was filled by Tyler Kidney and Ray Beno, who will both be back for the Yellow Jackets in 2012. The offensive line, which helped pave the way for the nation's second-best rushing attack, got a huge boost when All-ACC guard Omoregie Uzzi announced his plans to return for a senior season. Uzzi's return means Georgia Tech will keep the offensive line in tact heading into next season, sans Smith.
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