April 20, 2012

Depth chart projections



Although Georgia and head coach Mark Richt have yet to release the post-spring football depth chart, UGASports thought it would go ahead and provide a projected version heading into fall camp.

Three quick items of note:

• No. 1, we are not yet taking into account the incoming freshmen, although we will mention them in commentary below each position.

• No. 2, although we expect to eventually get word whether or not Branden Smith, Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree will face suspensions for their respective off-the-field incidents, until they are, for our purposes, they will remain at the current positions.

• No. 3, because Richt has already announced that cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for the first two games, you will not find on the depth chart below.

Remember, expect a lot to change with the depth chart between now and kickoff for the opener against Buffalo. How did we do? We'll find out when Richt releases the official chart, hopefully soon.

Quarterback :

• First team - Aaron Murray

• Second Team - Christian LeMay

• Third team - Hutson Mason

•Fourth Team - Faton Bautau

Notes: Ok, here's the deal. Murray will be the Bulldogs' starting quarterback. No surprise there. The plan is to redshirt Mason, hence LeMay getting the nod here at No. 2. However, should Murray get injured and have to miss time, look for the redshirt to come off Mason, who will then be inserted into the starting lineup as the No. 1 quarterback.

Running back:

• First team - Ken Malcome

• Second team - Isaiah Crowell

• Third team - Keith Marshall

• Fourth team - Richard Samuel

Notes: Did anyone just do a double-take? Why is Ken Malcome listed with the first team? Here's the reason: Richt stated after G-Day that Malcome had the best spring of any Bulldog running back, so with that in mind, we'll list the redshirt sophomore as No. 1 going into the fall. This isn't a knock on Crowell. The sophomore didn't miss a single practice this spring, and according to coaches and teammates, did everything he was asked, and more - Malcome just had the better spring. A bad hamstring hampered Marshall and a concussion slowed Samuel, but both will be ready to go come fall. Don't forget about incoming freshman Todd Gurley, he'll be in the mix too giving the Bulldogs - at least on paper - potentially one of its deeper running back corps in a number of years.

Fullback

• First team - Alexander Ogletree

• Second team - Richard Samuel

• Third team - Dustin Royston

Notes: Ogletree worked predominantly with the ones all spring, and will do so again once the fall rolls around. It remains to be seen how many reps Samuel will get, but for now we'll list him No. 2, with Royston more than capable of filling in when called upon. But watch out for freshman Quayvon Hicks, who at 245 pounds, already has the prototypical fullback frame and could make an early impact.

Offensive Line :

• First team - LT Kenarious Gates, LG Dallas Lee, C David Andrews, RG Chris Burnette, RT Kolton Houston

• Second team - Austin Long (LT), Mark Beard (LG), Lee/Andrews (C), LG Hunter Long, RT Watts Dantzler

Notes: Of the starting five, Gates and Houston probably made the biggest impression this spring, and according to offensive line coach Will Friend, will definitely go into fall as the top players at the two respective positions. But don't forget about incoming freshman John Theus. The former five-star standout is expected to get looks at both tackle spots come fall, and certainly would not be a shock to see him snag a starting role. Fellow freshman Greg Pyke will get his opportunity as well.

Wide Receiver:

• First team - Tavarres King

• Second team - Rantavious Wooten

• Third team- Justin Scott-Wesley

• Fourth team - Rhett McGowan

Split End

• First team - Marlon Brown

• Second team - Michael Bennett

• Third team - Chris Conley

• Fourth team - Taylor Bradberry

Notes: Even without Malcolm Mitchell, who will start the season seeing most of his action on the defensive side, offensive coaches are confident there's enough talent and experience at wideout to not miss a beat. Scott-Wesley was one of the biggest surprises of spring camp, and the Bulldogs will add another competitor when Blake Tibbs arrives in June.

Tight end

• First team - Arthur Lynch

• Second team - Jay Rome

Notes: Both Lynch and Rome enjoyed outstanding spring, with Rome showing that he's got the potential to be a big-time playmaker as evidenced by his 66-yard touchdown catch from LeMay in last week's G-Day game. Freshman Ty Smith will give the Bulldogs another talented tight end weapon in the fall.

Defensive Line:

• First team - NG John Jenkins, LE Abry Jones, RE Cornelius Washington

• Second team - NG Kwame Geathers, LE Ray Drew, RE Garrison Smith

• Third team - NG Mike Thornton


Notes: One of the biggest storylines this spring was the inclusion of Drew and Washington at defensive end. From all indications, the moves have been a success. Drew admits to be much more comfortable being able to play with his hand in the dirt while Washington - despite some trepidation with playing so close the line of scrimmage - has also adapted well and was listed ahead of Smith at the G-Day game. Jenkins and Geathers were dominating at nose. Depth will get even better in August with the addition of incoming freshmen John Atkins and Jonathan Taylor.

Linebacker:

• First team - Will Jarvis Jones, Sam Chase Vasser, Moe Alec Ogletree, Mike Mike Gilliard

• Second team - Will T.J. Stripling, Sam Reuben Faloughi, Moe Amarlo Herrera, Mike Christian Robinson

• Third team - Moe - Ramik Wilson, Mike Brandon Burrows

Notes: Off all the positions where incoming freshmen are expected to make the biggest impact, linebacker will be it. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has already indicated that Jordan Jenkins, Josh Dawson and Josh Harvey-Clemons will all play as freshmen, with Leonard Floyd and James Deloach also looking to impress. Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not Ogletree will be suspended for alleged positive test for marijuana. But if he is, look for Herrera to slide into the starting spot at Moe.

Secondary:

• First team - SS Shawn Williams, FS Bacarri Rambo, FC Branden Smith, BC Damian Swann, *NB Malcolm Mitchell

• Second team - SS Connor Norman, FS Corey Moore, FC Malcolm Mitchell, BC Devin Bowman, *NB Quintavious Harrow

• Third team - SS Marc Deas, FS Quintavious Harrow, FC Blake Sailors, BC Luis Capella.


$ Sanders Commings

Notes: Of course, there's a lot to still be determined when it comes to setting up the depth chart for the secondary. Richt still has not announced whether or not Rambo and Smith will join Commings on the suspended list, but obviously if they are, the above depth chart will take on entirely different look. Either way, incoming freshman Sheldon Dawson will get his opportunity to fill a variety of roles, too.

# - Nickel back was listed because last season Georgia's defense played in nickel 60 percent of the time.

$ - Commings is suspended for the first two gamesSpecial teams:

Notes: We don't list post-spring starters here, as incoming freshman Marshall Morgan and Collin Barber are expected to take over the kicking and punting duties, respectively, this fall.