Meet the Georgia Bulldogs' New Starters for 2014
The start of the 2014 season is right around the corner and the Georgia Bulldogs will begin their road to the Georgia Dome with a duel against Clemson at Sanford Stadium.
This means that the veteran players will have to step up, be leaders and set the tone for the rest of the year. But the new starters will have to grow up in a hurry because the Bulldogs have little room for error in terms of winning the SEC and qualifying for the College Football Playoff.
Want to know who are the new Bulldog starters are for the 2014 season? Well, let’s take a closer look at each one.
OG Greg Pyke
There are two spots of the offensive line that have to be settled. Greg Pyke will start at guard and Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that he has been one of the standouts of preseason camp according to Mark Richt.
Pyke appeared in two games last season and took the redshirt in 2012. During spring practice, he was awarded the most improved player on offense.
Standing at 6’6’’ and 321 pounds, Pyke has the strength and the power to be an elite offensive lineman in the SEC.
OG Brandon Kublanow
The Bulldogs needed to fill the other guard position and Brandon Kublanow will hold down that spot.
The sophomore from Marietta, Georgia played in nine games last year and has come on strong during camp.
Offensive-line coach Will Friend was impressed with Kublanow during spring practice, (according to David Ching) and he has a chance to be a very consistent lineman for the next three seasons.
DE James DeLoach
James DeLoach has made the move from outside linebacker to defensive end this season.
According to the AJC, DeLoach lost close to 20 pounds since April. He has been the most consistent defensive lineman during spring practice and preseason camp and the fact the fact he has lost weight will make him faster and more explosive.
As an outside linebacker, DeLoach played in 18 games and tallied eight tackles.
NT Mike Thornton
After three seasons of being a key contributor on the defensive line, Mike Thornton will get the nod at nose tackle this season.
Thornton is not the biggest nose tackle as he stands at 6’1’’ and 293 pounds, but he has the ability to get low and his power gives him the ability to beat the opposing center off the snap.
Thornton’s size was used against him during the previous seasons, but defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt wants a smaller, quicker defensive linemen and Thornton fits the description easily.
CB Aaron Davis
There has been a lot of shakeup in the secondary, especially at cornerback. But Aaron Davis has been one of the constants and also one of the surprises during spring practice and preseason.
Davis came on strong in the spring game as he notched an interception. And he has also done well during preseason camp as Pruitt told Chip Towers of the AJC that he’s a smart ball player that has good size.
Davis has a chance to be the SEC Freshman of the Year it he continues to work every day.
SS J.J. Green
The most-athletic-defensive back award would go to J.J. Green who will be playing strong safety this year.
Green played running back last season due to the injuries to Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. But both players are healthy and are back to playing to natural position.
Green does not have the typical size for a safety, but he can tackle and he has great coverage skills. In fact, don’t be surprised if he plays nickel cornerback and the “Star” position because he’s that versatile.