Georgia Football G-Day Game 2013: Early Enrollees Prove Future Is Bright

Brian JonesContributor IApril 6, 2013

Apr 6, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs black team receiver Tramel Terry (1) in action during the Georgia Spring Day Game at Sanford Stadium. The black team defeated the red team 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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We all know that G-Day is a time where coaches get to evaluate some of the younger talent, as they need to see if these players will be ready to help the veterans contribute once the regular season begins.

This was evident in the 2013 edition of G-Day because with 11 early enrollees taking part in the annual event, the coaches had no choice but to evaluate the younger players.

Not every freshmen got to see a lot of time on the field due to time constraints and the coaches letting the veteran players get reps. But there were a few young players, specifically the early enrollees, who proved the future for the Bulldogs is bright.

One player who stood out was wide receiver Jonathon Rumph. The junior, who played at Holmes Community College last season, hauled in four catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Rumph  showed that he has the size and speed to make the plays on the outside, and he will be another big target for the Bulldogs.

Athlete J.J. Green was another early enrollee who had a solid G-Day game. Green led the team with 27 rushing yards on eight carries. Running back will not be the only position for Green, as he will also play some receiver in the fall.

On the defensive side, safety Quincy Mauger and cornerback Reggie Wilkerson were all over the field. Mauger notched eight tackles for the Red team while Wilkerson had one sack for the Black team.

Linebacker Reggie Carter had an interception to go along with his seven tackles for the Red team. And quarterback Brice Ramsey did not have great numbers, but he showed he has the arm and the pocket presence needed to be an elite SEC quarterback.

Having theses players excel in the spring game is essential because it gives them confidence when they take the field in the fall. Some of the early enrollees may not play this season, but they will get their chance soon enough and they should have no problem making plays.

Head coach Mark Richt has done a good job bringing in players who fit into his style of play. Having this many early enrollees taking part in spring practice is a first for Richt. Can this be the start of something big for the Bulldogs two or three years down the road? We’ll have to wait and see. But if the early enrollees play like they did in the G-Day game once the regular season kicks off, then the Bulldogs will be contenders for the SEC title for the next few years.