Breakout players emerge for Georgia during spring practice

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Too much emphasis on spring is sometimes over the top, but it’s certainly a time when some potential high-caliber players show they will be major contributors in the fall. Maybe none of the three win a starting job for 2013, but they will certainly be in the rotation and will lend big contributions.

These three Bulldogs put themselves on the map this spring:

Tray Matthews, S: The early enrollee was the talk of the spring during practice. Everyone on the offense talked about his playmaking ability and closing speed. However, the talk mostly centered on his ability to bring the wood on any given hit. Most of all, Matthews continually finds himself in the correct position to make a play, and for such a young player, that puts him well ahead of the game. He looks the part and passes the eye test at 6-0, 195 pounds. Barring injury, Matthews will start alongside Josh Harvey-Clemons, and the two will become quite the young safety tandem.

James DeLoach, OLB: Who? Exactly. The former three-star defensive end prospect didn’t exactly turn major heads out of high school, but he turned the coaching staff’s this spring. The outside linebacker wants a starting job, and he played like it Saturday in the G-Day Game, finishing with six tackles and a sack. DeLoach could play either middle or outside, but he plays well in space, something that Todd Grantham and Mark Richt both love. DeLoach and Jordan Jenkins could be quite the outside linebacking tandem helping to replace the 28-sack void left by Jarvis Jones.

Later player to emerge: WR Jonathon Rumph was the biggest surprise of G-Day. The JUCO transfer reeled in two touchdown catches, and he hadn’t really played to his potential for much of the spring. The Bulldogs will produce one of the sexiest receiving corps in the SEC for one of the most potent passers in the country. This offense should be electric, and if Rumph plays like he did Saturday, this group could be even better. Hopefully Saturday’s performance gives him confidence heading into fall.

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  1. Agree with all your players. Big issue is the Murray-led #1 Offense had one or two good drives and that was it vs #2 Defense. They had better get busy this Summer.

    • WTF. Did you even watch it? The red team was 1st team offense and 2nd team defense. Black team was 1st team defense and 2nd team offense. C’mon Man. Jordan Jenkins talked all week on how he can’t wait to hit Gurley in the G Day game. He got one hit on him for a 1 yard run. Not people can say they stopped Gurley for only a 1 yard gain…

    • Yeah seriously dude…we’ve gone 1s vs 1s for the past 3 years now I think. And In case you didn’t notice Murray was lights out and didn’t even have his top receivers. He made a couple of Pro-quality sideline throws to McGowan that told me all I needed to know about Him. Our offense will be top class I was there to see that young D and they did not disappoint either.

    • Robert
      Commented : 1 year ago

      You’re a UGA Writer???? You do know that he did not face the number 2 defense right? is your comment above a weird belated april fools day joke?

  2. I was impressed with Rumph and Matthews. And with JJ Green. JJ Green looks just as fast as Marshall on the field. And Green has pretty good being elusive. Not impressed with Mason. Mason looked awful. Yes he had some touchdowns. But they were short passes. Murray looked like he had some more zip on his throws. Still needs to be a little more accurate. Gurley is A LOT faster looking than last year.(Scary!)

  3. JHC was all over the field…that “star” position is gonna give QBs fits. And did anyone else see Mathews flip over that open field chop block and made the tackle? I gotta see it on tape but it looked crazy from the stands.

    • I haven’t been impressed with them thus far… but i guess that’s a great thing being a gamecock fan… looks like a 4th in a row for us upcoming… 2nd ‘between the hedges’

      • Really? Because I don’t see the only offensive player killing us again this year… He moved on and so has your streak against us.

      • Haven’t been impressed with what exactly? You watch the game? Or are you just another USC jr fan getting a little too “cocky” due to their recent success vs UGA Remind us all again how many SEC titles the gamecocks have won…