Georgia Football: 5 Players That Need to Have a Huge Spring Season

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IMarch 6, 2013

Georgia Football: 5 Players That Need to Have a Huge Spring Season

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    Spring football is a time for a fresh start.

    It may have been only two months since the Georgia Bulldogs played in the Capital One Bowl, but they are already looking forward to 2013 season and spring football could not have come at a better time.

    Some players, such as Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley and Jordan Jenkins, are looking to build on what they accomplished last season and leave spring practice injury-free.

    However, there are other players who need to capitalize on every rep they get during the 15 practice sessions because they are either fighting for their starting position or proving to the coaches they are ready to take the next step.

    Here are five players that need to have a strong spring season.

QB Christian LeMay

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    With Aaron Murray leaving after the 2013 season, this is the ideal time for Christian LeMay to step up.

    Hutson Mason looks to take over the starting quarterback position in 2014.

    But, if LeMay can have a great spring, the coaches will have to take a look at both players and do a little more evaluating next year.

    LeMay was a highly recruited player out Charlotte a few years ago and has yet to make an impact.

    He has been in the system long enough to know how to lead the offense, so if he wants to see a lot of playing time in 2014, he has to prove it to the coaches this spring.

DE Ray Drew

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    Like LeMay, Ray Drew was a standout player in high school who has yet to make an impact at the next level. In fact, Drew was a 5-star standout at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia and has yet to start a game for the Bulldogs.

    This should be the year that he should make a splash because he’s in line to start at the weak-side defensive end position.

    Drew, who used to play outside linebacker, has added more size and now has the look to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

    Drew played sparingly last season and notched 23 tackles and eight quarterback hurries.

OL Austin Long

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    Austin Long will get a lot of snaps on the offensive line this spring because John Theus and Chris Burnette are out with offseason surgeries.

    Neither Burnette nor Theus are in danger of losing their starting jobs, but if Long has a great spring, he could push for more playing time next season.

    This also means he will be a leading candidate for a starting position next year, as the Bulldogs will lose at least three starters in 2014.

    Long was considered the No. 2 Georgia recruiting prospect in 2009. Injuries have hampered his progress the last few years, including back surgery and a broken hand.

LB Ramik Wilson

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    With Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree gone for the NFL, someone has to step in and complement Jenkins, who had a solid freshman season.

    Ramik Wilson looks to the guy, as he will fight for a starting inside linebacker spot.

    Wilson is looking to play alongside Amarlo Herrera at the Mike linebacker spot, but there will be at least five other linebackers looking to take that same position.

    Wilson has spent the last two seasons playing special teams, while playing sparingly at outside linebacker.

FB Quayvon Hicks

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    Zander Ogletree, Georgia's starting fullback down the stretch, left the team for health reasons, so the Bulldogs need a fullback to take his place.

    Merritt Hall will return from his season-ending injury, but this is the time for Quayvon Hicks to shine.

    Hicks, who was a 3-star prospect from Blackshear, Georgia,  played mostly on special teams last season.

    Hicks has the ideal frame (6'2", 270 pounds) and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has said that he needs to play like he looks.

    Both Hall and Hicks will see a lot of playing time this year, but Hicks needs to be the guy who stands out to claim the starting job.