Georgia Football: 5 Stars Who Will Break out in 2014
When the Georgia Bulldogs take on Clemson, there will be some players who stand out from the rest. Some of those players will be veterans that are expected to excel, and the others will be young players who were stars on Friday nights not too long ago.
But there are the players who have seen their time on the field but have yet to break out. Well, for five Bulldog players, that will change this year, and it starts with a strong debut on Saturday between the hedges.
So here’s a look at the five players that will break out in 2014.
OG Brandon Kublanow
The offensive line has been a question mark coming into this season because the coaching staff has to replace three starters. But Brandon Kublanow, who will start at left guard, will answer most of the questions this season.
Kublanow made his first appearance in the Vanderbilt game last year and played in eight games afterwards. He has improved his game since then and has won the left guard spot over freshman Isaiah Wynn.
Kublanow told Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph that he’s still learning, but he understands the playbook and is more comfortable with the scheme. And with him working next to one of the best centers in the conference, David Andrews, Kublanow has a chance to be an elite guard after the 2014 season.
TE Jay Rome
After two seasons of sitting behind Arthur Lynch, Jay Rome will have his chance to make a name for himself at the tight end position.
Rome has battled injuries all through spring practice and fall camp, but now he’s healthy and ready to be a mainstay on offense.
At 6'6" and 254 pounds, Rome has the size to be a mismatch for linebackers and defensive backs. He also had solid hands and good footwork.
Hutson Mason will use him a target on third down, just like Aaron Murray did with Lynch. If Rome remains healthy all season long, there is no reason he can’t have 45 receptions and over 500 yards.
NT Mike Thornton
There are also questions on the defensive line, as there have been a few changes due to defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt putting in players who are smaller and quicker. This is a great opportunity for nose tackle Mike Thornton to make a name for himself.
Thornton is not the biggest nose tackle in the SEC, as he stands at 6'1" and 290 pounds. But he can use his lack of height for leverage, and he has great strength so he can move guards and centers with no issues.
Thornton has played in 31 career games but has yet to make his first start. He has earned the starting gig because of his consistent play and his intelligence.
FS Aaron Davis
Another player that has yet to make his start is Aaron Davis, who will be playing free safety.
Davis is another guy who plays smart football and doesn't make too many mistakes. And if he does make a mistake, he has the ability to learn from it. Davis is a walk-on freshman who impressed his coaches and players during spring practice. When he played cornerback in the spring game, he notched an interception and defended a pass.
After two ACL injuries in high school and a redshirt last season, Davis is ready to show the world he’s not an average walk-on.
RB Nick Chubb
Because of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, Nick Chubb will have a hard time finding the field. However, Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that Chubb will play in the game against Clemson, which will be good for fans because they will get to see how good he really is.
They will not be disappointed, because Chubb is a bruising tailback who can run over anybody he faces.
He impressed the Bulldogs in the first scrimmage of fall camp, as he rushed for 52 yards on seven carries. Chubb runs hard and has great vision, which is why he was able to dominate at Cedartown High School in Cedartown, Georgia.
His carries will be limited this season, but he will make the most of his carries, and if that happens, he will be more of a featured player toward the end of the season.