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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