Georgia Football: Bulldogs Release Post-Spring Depth Chart

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMarch 29, 2017

Apr 6, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs red team receiver Chris Conley (31) runs with the ball after a catch  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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It is that time again where we get to play the depth chart game. Sounds fun, huh?

Georgia is the latest school to release a post-spring depth chart, according to Gentry Estes of 247Sports. Like all depth charts, there are a few surprises and few positions that make you completely scratch your head.

It is important to know that none of these moves should be taken too seriously and everybody will have a chance to move up the totem pole once fall camp begins. 

However, there are a few spots that should catch your interest.

The biggest shocker of all is that John Theus isn't considered the starter at right tackle. Instead, that job would go to Xzavier Ward if the season was to start today. Theus was one of the top recruits of the 2012 class and was supposed to be the next great Georgia offensive lineman. He was just the third Georgia lineman to start opening day as a freshman and spent all 14 games starting at right tackle.

While you would expect this to change, it is a little alarming that he had lost his spot in spring practice. He was hobbled with a foot injury, but the minor setback shouldn't have been enough to label him as a backup. This is clearly a position Georgia fans are going to want to watch closely when fall camp begins in a couple of months.

The surprise on defense is that freshman Tray Matthews is considered the starting free safety. Secondary is a concern for Georgia entering the season and the young recruit has been able to capitalize on it. Matthews is a physical player with great ball skills and will help add some physicality to a defense that struggled with consistency.

Other minor details that this depth chart includes is John Atkins moving from defensive end to nose guard. Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph also remains buried on the depth chart despite being one of the highlights during the spring game.

It is always interesting to see which players use this type of stuff as motivation to perform better in the next batch of practices.