Georgia is one of college football’s most interesting spring teams. Many key components return to win a championship, and the Bulldogs made the offseason’s best hire in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
This spring was crucial for Georgia to get Hutson Mason more comfortable being ‘the guy’ now that Aaron Murray is gone and for the team to build depth, especially along the offensive line.
Here are five things I’ll be watching Saturday:
Who will be Georgia’s backup quarterback? That’s what Mark Richt and Mike Bobo would like to find out. The two in the running are Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta, with early enrollee Jacob Park running third. Ramsey has a cannon for an arm. Bauta can be an asset with his legs. Park is the most inexperienced player on the Bulldogs’ spring roster, but he’s talented enough to make a serious push once things start slowing down for him. This will be a fun battle to watch Saturday. Yes, we’re interested in Hutson Mason, but I’m more interested in who will win the backup job.
Georgia may have only one position battle along the offensive line currently at left guard. John Theus has grabbed ahold of left tackle, and Kolton Houston is the likely starter at right tackle. David Andrews is a rock at center, and Greg Pyke seems to be the starter at right guard. That leaves Mark Beard, Zach DeBell and Brandon Kublanow to battle for the left guard vacancy.
Jeremy Pruitt has dominated headlines for making UGA’s defense simple, unlike his predecessor Todd Grantham. The eyes of Georgia nation will be on Saturday’s defense. How much can you really tell during a spring game? Eh, maybe not much, but guys bouncing around and just being in position would be a drastic improvement. It would also be encouraging to see better form tackling, something the Dawgs struggled with at times last season. Most of the attention will be on the secondary…
And speaking of the defensive secondary, this unit will be critical to overall success. This unit was about two missed tackles from being very bad in 2013, and the defense’s most talented player Josh Harvey-Clemons isn’t even on the team anymore. Damian Swann has solidified one corner spot, and Tray Matthews will most likely be a starting safety. However, the other two positions are up for grabs. One notable spring change was moving running back JJ Green to cornerback, and he’s played well this spring and should be an asset. Corey Moore should be considered the favorite to land the starting job opposite Matthews. Brendan Langley is also another option at safety, and assuming Tray Matthews is suspended to start the season, Langley could be crucial. Shaq Wiggins will also be in the mix at cornerback, and he played well as a freshman last year.
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