Georgia Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp
Preseason practice is just around the corner for the Georgia Bulldogs, and when they hit the practice field, they will be focused on one thing and that’s beating the Clemson Tigers on August 31.
But before that happens, several questions have to be answered. Who is going to be the backup quarterback going into the season opener? How will the offensive line look after losing three starters? And who in the world is going to start in the secondary?
All these questions and more will make the Bulldogs' preseason practice very interesting, but then again, these question are always there before the start of every season.
Here’s a look at the projected depth chart heading into fall camp.
Starter: Hutson Mason
Backups: Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey
There is no question about who’s going to be the starting quarterback this season, as Hutson Mason proved at the end of last season and this past spring that he’s ready to be the leader of the Bulldogs.
The real question is who’s going to back up Mason this season? When Mason took over as starter last year, Faton Bauta was his backup and saw very limited action. He had a solid spring, but Ramsey also performed well and has the tools to be an elite quarterback. This will be an important fall camp for both Bauta and Ramsey because the winner of the backup role will also have an inside track of the starting position in 2015.
Starter: Todd Gurley
Backups: Keith Marshall, A.J. Turman
Starter: Merritt Hall
Backup: Quayvon Hicks, Taylor Maxey
Like the quarterback position, there is no question about Gurley’s status. He’s arguably the best running back in the game, and he’s a legit candidate to win the Heisman.
Keith Marshall is coming back from an ACL injury, and if he’s healthy, he could make just as much of an impact as Gurley, just like in 2012.
A.J. Turman had a great spring and could make a case to be the starting running back next season if Gurley and Marshall decide to leave for the NFL.
Merritt Hall is a dependable blocker that will make holes for Gurley, Marshall and Turman. Hicks will see some time at fullback but will also be used as a tight end.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Starters: Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett
Backups: Chris Conley, Justin Scott-Wesley
Starter: Jay Rome
Backups: Jordan Davis, Jeb Blazevich
As far as wide receivers go, all four players are interchangeable. Chris Conley and Justin-Scott Wesley could be listed as the starters, but Mitchell and Bennett have made a great combination the last few years.
Reggie Davis and Jonathon Rumph could also make their way into the rotation as well.
Rome has all the tools to be an elite tight end, but he has to be consistent. Jordan Davis and Balzevich are also talented, but they are young and have no experience.
Starters: John Theus, Brandon Kublanow, David Andrews, Greg Pyke, Kolton Houston
Backups: Mark Beard, Zach DeBell, Hunter Long, Watts Dantzler
Figuring out the offensive line will be one of the bigger storylines during camp. David Andrews is the only given, but after that, there is no telling who is going to start where.
It’s almost certain that Theus and Hosuston will find their way on the starting lineup, but both need to be more consistent. Kublanow had a fine freshman season, and Pyke had a great spring.
All the backups have experience, especially Beard, who could make a push for starting left tackle.
Starters: Sterling Bailey, Jon Taylor, James DeLoach
Backups: Ray Drew, Chris Mayes, Josh Dawson
The defensive line will also be another puzzle, but that’s because defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will not hesitate to move starters at any point during camp.
But Bailey, Taylor and DeLoach had great spring and all three should bring a ton of quickness to the defensive line.
However, one player to watch for is Ray Drew. After starting last year and racking up six sacks, he is now a reserve player after being passed by Bailey. No matter who starts, the defensive line should be much improved under Pruitt’s scheme.
Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Ramik Wilson, Amarlo Herrera, Leonard Floyd
Backups: Davin Bellamy, Kosta Vavlas, Reggie Carter, Shaun McGee
The linebackers for the Bulldogs could arguably be the best in the country. Jenkins led the team in tackles for loss, Wilson led the SEC in tackles, Herrera was third in the conference in tackles and Floyd led the team with 6.5 sacks.
There is not a lot of experience behind the four, and all the reserve linebackers will have a chance to learn from a talented group.
Starters: Damian Swann, Aaron Davis, J.J. Green, Corey Moore
Backups: Sheldon Dawson, Devin Bowman, Tramel Terry, Quincy Mauger
The position group everyone will be watching is the secondary because Pruitt does not have the starting lineup set in stone by any means. But when it’s all said and done, Swann, Davis, Green and Moore make the best foursome.
The player to watch is Davis. The redshirt freshman came on strong this spring and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Another thing to watch is the incoming freshmen that are already working out with the veterans. Don’t be surprised if Malkom Parrish and Dominick Sanders make their way into the secondary rotation by the time the season begins because Pruitt will not hesitate to put young players into the fire.