SEC: Brice Ramsey

Earlier this week, Georgia coach Mark Richt hinted at continuing to play two quarterbacks in games going forward. That would mean that starter Hutson Mason would relinquish a few snaps here and there, sometimes in the first half, to redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey.

Richt went on to say that he wouldn’t exactly call it a “rotation,” more of getting his young quarterback’s “feet wet” earlier in games.

Fair enough, considering that Ramsey got one series in the blowout win over Vanderbilt this past weekend.

“It did work out well,” Richt told members of the media earlier this week. “There’s always a chance we’ll continue to do that. I’m not going to sit here and say for sure what we’re going to do because I don’t know for sure. It’s definitely a possibility to keep doing that type of thing.”

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Dale Zanine/USA TODAY SportsIt's time to sink or swim with Hutson Mason for Georgia.
But the blowout wheels were in motion from the start in that game. Going forward, things could get tricky for the Dawgs.

Situational play isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Ramsey and the Bulldogs, but now isn’t exactly the time for this team to have any sort of controversy at quarterback. With the indefinite suspension of running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner Todd Gurley for an alleged violation of NCAA rules, the Bulldogs have a very muddy situation on offense at the moment. Interjecting anything that resembles a rotation – intentional or not – could be damaging for a team looking to take a major step in the SEC East race at Missouri on Saturday.

Let’s face it: Georgia’s passing game hasn’t exactly been exciting this season. It’s looked nothing like it did when record-setting quarterback Aaron Murray was in, but with Gurley out of the lineup, it’s time to have Mason wrap his arms around this offense and squeeze it tighter than a Teddy Bear.

What Mason needs is confidence in himself and his receivers. There have been obvious communication and trust issues between Mason and his receivers this season, and he was very vocal about that after the win over Tennessee. You can tell there’s something up when most of the passes made have been at the intermediate level of the field this year.

Mason’s longest pass completion of the season came against Vandy in the form of a 44-yard touchdown to Chris Conley. Ironically, Gurley's 50-yard pass in that game stands as the longest completion for the Dawgs this season.

What really sticks out is how anemic Mason's passing numbers are. Through five games, Mason ranks 12th in the SEC in passing yards per game (137.4), he's completed just 69 passes and has thrown just seven touchdown passes.

Those numbers have been low because of some miscues in the passing game from receivers and Mason, but it’s also been very, very easy to just hand the ball off to Gurley. With that no longer an option -- for at least Saturday’s game against Missouri -- it’s time to trust Mason more to move the offense. It’s time for him to gather those receivers and let them know it’s time to air it out a little bit more.

For now, there’s no real reason to respect the Bulldogs’ passing game. Mason nor his receivers have given any reason to respect it up to this point. Maybe having Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley back will help, so take advantage of it and let Mason run this offense. It isn't time to try alternating quarterbacks, unless the coaches are ready to make a permanent change, which seems very unlikely.

Mason doesn't have the biggest arm around, and that can limit you with the deep ball, but put the offense on Mason's back and see what he can do, especially with two key weapons returning. He has to build confidence and trust in this offense, and he can't do that if he's looking over his shoulder or watching someone else taking snaps from him, even if it is to "get his feet wet."

ATHENS, Ga. -- Once again, Georgia took home the victory on G-Day.

The Bulldogs' annual spring game ended with the Red Team, comprised mostly of the first-team offense, defeating the Black Team, headed by most of the first-team defense, 27-24 in front of an announced crowd of 46,073 inside Sanford Stadium.

You can learn only so much from spring games, but there are always some nuggets here and there that you can take away from them.

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Dale Zanine/USA TODAY SportsHutson Mason looked in full command of the offense in Georgia's spring game.
Here are five things we learned from Georgia's G-Day:

1. Mason looks pretty comfortable: It's easy when the quarterback isn't getting hit, but Hutson Mason looked very comfortable on Saturday. He was quick with his delivery, very accurate and very sharp. Again, he wasn't asked to do too much, but you can tell that he's more than comfortable running coordinator Mike Bobo's offense. I mean, he has been there for what feels like a decade now, so he better be. Even without some of his best targets in Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley (both were out this spring recovering from ACL injuries), he didn't skip a beat, as he passed for 241 yards and a touchdown on 18 of 27. "I felt good about my accuracy and my completions," Mason said. "Just wish I would have thrown the deep ball a little better."

2. Floyd and Johnson could be a solid combo: There's no question that Georgia's defense still needs a lot of work. The secondary had its issues and the defensive line is still looking for more playmakers. But one thing that really stood out on Saturday was the play of defensive lineman Toby Johnson and linebacker Leonard Floyd. Both required constant double teams on Saturday. We all knew Floyd had the potential to be a very, very special player, and he constantly harassed the Red Team's quarterbacks. He finished with six tackles and broke up two passes. Floyd can play with his hand down when the Dawgs are in a 4-3 formation or at outside linebacker in a 3-4. As for Johnson, he could be one to watch for the Dawgs this year. He made his way to the quarterback early and often in the game before the Black Team's line adjusted to put an extra body on him. Still, he was able to break through even with that extra set of arms to battle.

3. Gurley ran with purpose: There has been plenty of talk this spring about running back Todd Gurley's toughness, but he didn't look like he was holding back on Saturday. While he was limited to just six rushes (32 yards and a touchdown) and caught three passes (38 yards), Gurley was trying his hardest to bowl guys over. Coach Mark Richt sat Gurley down earlier in the spring to talk about his toughness and his practice habits, and it clearly paid off. Gurley didn't look hesitant, despite still not being 100 percent with nagging ankle issues. We don't know if Gurley will ever truly be healthy at Georgia, but it's a good sign that he doesn't have an issue playing through pain. He just wanted to deliver it Saturday.

4. Battle for No. 2 continues: Mason is clearly Georgia's starting quarterback, but the fight behind him should be a fun one for the months to come. It's down to redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta and redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey. On Saturday, Bauta was the more impressive of the two, passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Ramsey, who suited up for both teams, finished with 78 total yards and an interception on 2 of 13 passing. While Ramsey wasn't as accurate as he'd like to be, he has a cannon of an arm and might have the most arm talent on the team. He just has to get that thing under control before he can take another step in the process. "I obviously could have thrown it a lot better, but at the same time I feel good about my performance," Ramsey said. "I was picking up blitzes, making the right reads. I just need to put the ball on. I had a bad day throwing." As for Bauta, he shed the black non-contact jersey in order to take some contact and finish plays after defenders got their hands on him. He was certainly a lot more efficient than Ramsey, but he said he knows that he can't slow down when it comes to winning this job before the fall.

5. The secondary has a ways to go: New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have his hands full with Georgia's secondary. A unit that surrendered 227 passing yards per game and 18 touchdowns last year showed some of the same issues it had last season during the spring game. Now, injuries to guys like Tray Matthews and J.J. Green, who was at running back last year, contributed to that, but the offenses were able to make too many big plays in the passing game. If not for a couple of overthrown deep balls, the offenses could have put up a few more points. It didn't help that the defenses were called for six pass interference penalties with half of the starting receivers out. Six players averaged 15 or more yards per reception against the secondary on Saturday. "We're getting better," cornerback Damian Swann said. "Everything that happened today can be fixed, and that's why you have games like this. ... I think we did pretty good as a secondary."

SEC's lunch links

April, 9, 2014
Apr 9
Ten of the Top 25 tailgating schools reside in the SEC, including all of the top six. Does this surprise anyone?

UGA 2015 QB race already under way

December, 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – They aren't making any guarantees, but Georgia's coaches have made it abundantly clear that they expect Hutson Mason to replace Aaron Murray as their starting quarterback next year.

That said, the redshirt junior plans to compete over the next 10 months like he hasn't won anything yet.

“I've been here for four years, obviously, and everybody wants to say, 'He's the next guy, he's the next guy,' but no one owes you anything,” Mason said. “Just because you're here for four years doesn't mean that you're going to walk in the day when Aaron leaves and you're going to be the starting quarterback. … That's the way our coaches coach, that's the right way to go about it and I know that there's other guys in that room that are capable of making plays and they're capable of being really good quarterbacks.”

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Todd Kirkland/Icon SMIHutson Mason should enter the spring with an advantage to be Georgia's starting quarterback in 2014. The more interesting battle might be for the No. 2 role.
Because of the season-ending knee injury that Murray suffered in the second quarter of the Kentucky game, Mason should have had two-and-a-half games of experience as the Bulldogs' No. 1 quarterback when they kick off the 2014 season against Clemson.

He has performed adequately as Murray's replacement – he has completed 46 of 71 passes for 648 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, which should only solidify his place for next fall. The more interesting aspect of the competition might be the jockeying for the position behind Mason among a group of young quarterbacks who could take over the reins in 2015.

“I don't see Hutson doing anything to self-destruct and make himself lose that job,” center David Andrews said. “But these young guys, they'll understand. Hutson, he came out every day and he competed no matter what, even in his redshirt year [2012], when he knew he wasn't going to play. I think those young quarterbacks seeing that can understand, 'Even if I'm not going to play, this is setting it up and every day you don't try to get better, you're going to get worse.' I believe that, so I think Hutson sets a great example in that aspect.”

As of now, the Bulldogs have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster who will have eligibility remaining next fall: redshirt sophomore Christian LeMay, redshirt freshman Faton Bauta and freshman Brice Ramsey, who is redshirting this season. Georgia also has a commitment from Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford), ESPN's No. 94 overall prospect in the 2014 recruiting class and No. 4 dual-threat quarterback.

Exhibiting a strong work ethic and intriguing run-pass skills, Bauta seized the backup spot behind Mason and will reportedly be tough to beat for the No. 2 role next season.

“He's really come into his own, not beating himself up every time he makes a mistake and going back out there to make another play,” said receiver Chris Conley, who predicted that Bauta would claim the No. 2 job next fall. “He's a hard worker, so he's always going to be his toughest critic. But he's made a lot of plays this year out there. He made a lot of plays in the spring and that kind of turned people's heads to say, 'OK, I didn't know that he could play like that.' ”

Ramsey is also an interesting prospect, having impressed coaches and teammates with his prototypical 6-foot-3 size and possibly the strongest arm among any of the quarterbacks on the roster.

As with most freshmen, Ramsey made use of his redshirt year to settle into a college routine and learn Georgia's offense.

“He has a gun on him,” receiver Michael Bennett said. “He has a very good arm. He's just a freshman. You've got to mature a little bit, but he's going to be a good player, too.”

That redshirt year was a particularly valuable experience for a green quarterback like Ramsey who executed a run-heavy Wing-T offense in high school – a far cry from the pro-style offense he'll run in college.

“I've grown so much,” Ramsey said. “In January [when he enrolled], I couldn't have even have told you what a zone was or what all that was. It was just coming in and actually having to put forth effort and trying to learn the playbook and study and everything. Now I'm picking everything up and just excited for the future.”

For now, though, the starting job in 2014 is Mason's to lose. He's the only quarterback aside from Murray to have attempted a pass this season – Bauta has run three times for 29 yards in mop-up duty and LeMay hasn't played this season at all, although he saw the field as a reserve in 2012 – and Mason will be far and away the most experienced quarterback on the roster next fall.

That will be a major departure for Mason, who up until 10 days ago has spent his entire career playing second fiddle to SEC career passing leader Murray.

“It's going to be weird just not having the guys that I'm used to being around, like Parker [Welch, a senior walk-on] and Murray,” Mason said. “We've had a core group of guys that have been around for a long time in that QB room and we're going to be a whole lot younger with a lot of new faces. It's going to be different.

“It's exciting, though. It's what you come to Georgia for. I've been waiting for four years to go out there and compete for that starting position and I know every other guy in that room, that's why they're here. So that's an exciting time.”
Every year, players come and go in college football. With the turnover teams can either grow or take steps back.

It's time to check out Georgia's strongest position and weakest position heading into the 2013 season:

Strongest position: Quarterback and/or running backs

Let's see, the Bulldogs bring back one of the nation's best quarterbacks in Aaron Murray, have a wealth of talented depth behind him and own the best running back duo in the country in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. It really is a little unfair, honestly. Murray became the first SEC quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in three seasons last year when he finished with 3,895 yards. He'll likely end 2013 with four straight 3,000-yard seasons and even more Georgia/SEC records. He also has a very capable backup in redshirt junior Hutson Mason, who the coaches feel comfortable leaving the team with if it came to that. Christian LeMay will be in his third year this fall, while freshmen Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey give the Bulldogs even more quality depth.

The Bulldogs will rely on Gurley and Marshall, who combined for 2,144 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry, yet again this season. Depth is an issue behind them, but these two were the stars of the show last year and things went swimmingly. Gurley is the bruiser, who led all SEC backs in rushing last year, while Marshall has more moves and explosion. He's also gained some good weight, so defenders beware.

Weakest position: Defensive tackle

While defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has more bodies to rotate in and out along the defensive line, defensive tackle is still a troublesome area for the Bulldogs. There isn't a John Jenkins to plug in the middle of the line, so the Bulldogs will likely work by committee to fill the void he left, but there just isn't a lot of experience inside. Junior Mike Thornton left spring as the starter at nose guard, but has just one career tackle. Redshirt sophomore Chris Mayes is right behind him on the depth chart, but hasn't recorded any stats for the Dawgs. Freshman John Atkins enrolled early this spring, but he has no experience at the college level. The good news is that Grantham is cross-training guys, so defensive ends Sterling Bailey, who was Grantham's best cross-trainer this spring, and redshirt freshman John Taylor will get a chance to help out at tackle. The staff hopes to get a lot out of junior college transfer Toby Johnson this season, but he is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered last fall.

RecruitingNation links: SEC edition

April, 15, 2013
From David Ching: Taking a post-spring look at Georgia’s QBs, Aaron Murray is locked in for his final season, but behind him is where things get interesting.

More from Ching Insider: Hutson Mason has served admirably as the backup QB, but will have limited opportunities this fall to further prove himself and hold off future competitors Brice Ramsey and Christian Lemay.

From Michael DiRocco: Looking at the post-spring defensive depth chart, solidified cornerback and middle linebacker positions help the Gators while they try to answer questions at other spots.

From Derek Tyson Insider: Bryant Young’s resignation might not affect the Gators’ coaching staff, but his impact on the recruiting trail will be noticeable.

From Gary Laney Insider: LSU hosted an all-star recruiting cast at Saturday's scrimmage, led by RB Leonard Fournette, CB Jabrill Peppers and WR Malachi Dupre.

From Sam Khan Jr. Insider: A look at who Texas A&M will target in the spring evaluation period, which starts today.

From Alex Scarborough: Alabama visiting the White House is getting so routine that you wonder how Alabamans could have voted against President Obama. With three more years on the term, how many more times might the Tide stop by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.?

From Greg Ostendorf Insider: President Obama is the leader of the free world and Nick Saban seems to be the leader of the college football world. When the two keep getting together, recruits take notice.

RecruitingNation links: SEC edition

April, 2, 2013
From Radi Nabulsi: Georgia has added to its 2014 recruiting class. This time it’s Watch List defensive tackle Dontavius Russell pledging to the Bulldogs.
From David Ching: Freshman QB Brice Ramsey has had his struggles in Georgia’s spring scrimmages, but he has impressed seniors Aaron Murray and Arthur Lynch with his calm and cool demeanor.

From Michael DiRocco: As Florida progresses through spring, it’s finding it harder and harder to replace departed kicker Caleb Sturgis.

From Gary Laney Insider: After being academically ineligible for all but the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season, D.J. Welter has become a better student on and off the field as he attempts to replace standout MLB Kevin Minter.

SEC lunch links

February, 8, 2013
It's Friday and time to make our daily rounds in the SEC:

Wrapping up Georgia's 2013 signing class

February, 6, 2013
Georgia's 2013 class includes 32 signees, and that includes 13 players who're already enrolled in school.

The Bulldogs missed out late on several of the state's top prospects, including defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Auburn) and running back Alvin Kamara (Alabama). Nonetheless, they wound up No. 10 in the current ESPN class rankings Insider.

Their highest ranked signee was cornerback Shaq Wiggins of Tyrone, Ga. He's No. 39 in the ESPN 150 and ranked the No. 6 cornerback in the country. The Bulldogs signed five ESPN 150 prospects and nine more prospects in the ESPN 300.

Among the players already enrolled in school are quarterback Brice Ramsey, safety Tray Matthews and receiver Tramel Terry, all ESPN 150 players. Terry, the No. 2 prospect from the state of South Carolina, is recovering from ACL surgery.

Georgia coach Mark Right was unfazed by those players the Bulldogs didn't get on signing day and said, "As far as I'm concerned, I think we got the No. 1 class in America."

To see Georgia's entire 2013 signing class, click here.

SEC recruiting primer

February, 6, 2013
ESPN RecruitingNation has signing day covered. Follow ESPNU’s coverage, chat with analysts and get breaking news on our Signing Day Live page beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET through 7 p.m. ET. For more on what to expect on signing day, check out the SEC conference breakdown Insider.

Bold Prediction for the SEC:

Ole Miss' class will eventually be ranked in the top five nationally with the addition of No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson and possibly ESPN 150 prospects Chris Jones from Houston (Miss.) High and Antonio Conner from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola.

SEC East

Biggest need: Florida wants immediate help at defensive tackle. Jarran Reed from Scooba (Miss.) East should be able to provide that if he decides to sign with the Gators on national signing day.
Biggest recruit: The Gators have two five-star commitments: cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III from Tampa (Fla.) Wharton and running back Kelvin Taylor from Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades. No other school in the country can say that.

Biggest need: The Bulldogs would like to pick up another top offensive lineman. They looked destined to land Laremy Tunsil from Lake City (Fla.), but the competition has heated up for him lately.
Biggest recruit: With 12 ESPN 300 commitments, Georgia has plenty of star power. However, it's impossible to overvalue the commitment of Brice Ramsey from Kingsland (Ga.) Camden, a quarterback the Bulldogs can build around.

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SEC recruiting scorecard

January, 30, 2013
National signing day is just around the corner (Feb. 6), and with things really, really heating up on the recruiting trail, we thought we'd take a look at how all 14 SEC teams are doing when it comes to finding the next college stars.

The SEC currently has five teams ranked in the top 10 of ESPN's RecruitingNation class rankings and 12 in the top 40. Florida, which has 26 commitments, including 11 in the ESPN 150, owns the nation's No. 1 class. Alabama is second with 22 pledges (10 ESPN 150 members).

Here's how the entire SEC is doing with only a week left until pens are put to paper:


2013 verbal commitments: 22

Spotlight: Yulee, Fla., athlete Derrick Henry is big, physical and very athletic. Plus, he's already on campus. He's versatile and could play multiple positions at the college level. After breaking the national high school career rushing yards record, he'll probably spend most of his time in Alabama's backfield.

ESPN 150 members: 10 (Henry; WR Robert Foster of Monaca, Pa.; DE Jonathan Allen of Ashburn, Va.; DE Tim Williams of Baton Rouge, La.; TE-H O.J. Howard of Prattville, Ala.; RB Altee Tenpenny of North Little Rock, Ark.; QB-PP Cooper Bateman of Salt Lake City, Utah; RB Tyren Jones of Marietta, Ga.; CB Maurice Smith of Sugar Land, Texas; OG Grant Hill of Huntsville, Ala.)


2013 verbal commitments: 17

Spotlight: Tight end Hunter Henry of Little Rock, Ark., is the gem of this class after being very active on the offensive side in high school. He isn't the greatest blocker, but he creates mismatches over the middle of the field with his size and speed. There was some concern that he might go elsewhere, but Bret Bielema and his staff secured his commitment earlier this month.

ESPN 150 members: 1 (Henry)


2013 verbal commitments: 19

Spotlight: Defensive end Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, Ga., is the headliner of this class, but he's looking around a bit at other schools. Clemson and Tennessee are still in the race for Lawson's services. He'd be a major get/loss for Gus Malzahn's first class. He current ranks as the No. 2 defensive end in the country and is the No. 2 overall prospect in the country.

ESPN 150 members: 3 (Lawson; DE Tashawn Bower of Somerville, N.J.; QB Jeremy Johnson of Montomgery, Ala.)


2013 verbal commitments: 26

Spotlight: Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III of Tampa, Fla., is rated the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country and is the No. 3 overall player in the nation. He's one of the more complete players out there and it looks like he'll be able to play right away for the Gators when he arrives in Gainesville.

ESPN 150 members: 11 (Hargreaves; Caleb Brantley of Crescent City, Fla.; RB Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade, Fla.; OLB Daniel McMillian of Jacksonville, Fla.; WR Ahmad Fulwood of Jacksonville, Fla.; WR Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, Ga.; S Keanu Neal of Bushnell, Fla.; S Marcell Harris of Orlando, Fla.; ATH Alvin Bailey of Seffner, Fla.; OLB Matt Rolin of Ashburn, Va.; LB Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing, Pa.)


2013 verbal commitments: 29

Spotlight: Cornerback Shaq Wiggins of Tyrone, Ga., is a top corner prospect, despite his smaller frame. He might not have elite size, but Wiggins plays like a bigger, more physical defensive back. He can cover a lot of ground and has a chance to make an instant impact for the Bulldogs' defense in 2013.

ESPN 150 members: 5 (Wiggins; ATH Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C.; QB-PP Brice Ramsey of Kingsland, Ga.; S Tray Matthews of Newnan, Ga.; C Brandon Kublanow of Marietta, Ga.)


2013 verbal commitments: 18

Spotlight: Junior college defensive end Za'Darius Smith from East Mississippi Community College is Kentucky's top get for the 2013 class, and what's even better is that he's already on campus. He excels as both a pass-rusher and a run-stopper and has shown good speed along the way. His speed off the edge will be a welcomed addition to Kentucky's defense.

ESPN 150 members: None


2013 verbal commitments: 27

Spotlight: Athlete Kendell Beckwith of Jackson, La., was a major addition to LSU's class early this month. He was mostly a dual-threat quarterback in high school, but could play both wide receiver and outside linebacker at the college level. His speed and mobility will help him get on the field early to help the Tigers.

ESPN 150 members: 6 (Beckwith; Jeryl Brazil of Loranger, La.; OT Ethan Pocic of Lemont, Ill; DT Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, N.C.; TE-H DeSean Smith of Lake Charles, La.; DT Maquedius Bain of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)


2013 verbal commitments: 22

Spotlight: Defensive end Chris Jones of Houston, Miss., could develop into a trouble-making pass-rusher. He has good size and quickness and flew off the line during his senior year. He continues to get a lot of attention from other schools, especially Alabama, so keeping him will be a tough chore for Dan Mullen and his staff.

ESPN 150 members: 1 (Jones)


2013 verbal commitments: 19

Spotlight: DT Josh Augusta of Peoria, Ill., is Mizzou's top-rated commitment right now. He was a big January get for the Tigers' staff and is a major athlete who played multiple positions at the high school level. He could play along the defensive line or offensive line in college. He played some tight end in high school, but doesn't project there at the next level.

ESPN 150 members: None


2013 verbal commitments: 23

Spotlight: Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell of Crete, Ill., was a major pickup for the Rebels' staff. He's rated as the nation's No. 1 receiver and while he might be a taller prospect, he's very explosive. He has the ability to be a big-time deep threat for the Rebels and should also make plenty of plays after the catch.

ESPN 150 members: 2 (Treadwell; DE Elijah Daniel of Avon, Ind.)


2013 verbal commitments: 19

Spotlight: Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin of Hoschton, Ga., is a big-bodied lineman who should be a solid run-stopper with his girth and explosion. He doesn't have great height, but he has a big enough body that he should cause plenty of problems for opposing linemen at the next level.

ESPN 150 members: 2 (Griffin; RB David Williams of Philadelphia, Pa.)


2013 verbal commitments: 17

Spotlight: Quarterback Riley Ferguson of Matthews, N.C., has a big-time arm and shows pretty good mobility in the pocket. He also has a lot of confidence in his arm and his throws. The coaching turnover didn't hurt Tennessee's chances of keeping Ferguson, who could push for time once he gets on campus.

ESPN 150 members: None


2013 verbal commitments: 32

Spotlight: Tight end Derrick Griffin of Rosenberg, Texas, should cause major matchup issues for his opponents when he gets to the college level. He's the nation's top tight end/H-back and could be used all over the field by Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies' staff. He's versatile enough to be a major asset for A&M in the near future.

ESPN 150 members: 6 (Griffin; ATH Ricky Seals-Jones of Sealy, Texas; ATH LaQuvionte Gonzalez of Cedar Hill, Texas; QB Kohl Stewart of Houston, Texas; DT Justin Manning of Dallas; WR Sebastian LaRue of Santa Monica, Calif.)


2013 verbal commitments: 24

Spotlight: Defensive tackle Jay Woods of Jackson, Ga., is a powerful body up front, who will be even better at the next level once he adds some bulk. He has good speed off the line and can clog holes up front. He'll be used as a run-stopper and can get to the quarterback when needed.

ESPN 150 members: None

DawgNation links: The safety dance

September, 4, 2012
David Ching writes Insider: Connor Norman started at safety against Buffalo, while Corey Moore and Josh Harvey-Clemons barely contributed. With Mark Richt remaining non-committal about Bacarri Rambo’s availability, the position remains a bit of a mystery this week as Georgia goes to Missouri.

Ching Insider: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray did a lot of things right Saturday, and while going deep might’ve been some icing on the Bulldogs’ cake, it wasn’t part of the veteran’s highlight reel.

Ching: UGA award tracker, Week 1

Ching Insider: Upon Further Review, Week 1

Radi Nabulsi (Video): Two games into his senior HS season, Georgia QB commit Brice Ramsey -- not known (yet) for his passing prowess in a Wing-T offense -- has five touchdowns. The four-star talks to DawgNation about his goals for a title run before leaving for UGA.

Nabulsi (Video): Georgia commit Nick Glass is hunting for fresh recruits.

Nabulsi: Georgia-Buffalo photo gallery

DawgNation links: Roundtable

July, 11, 2012
Breaking news: 2012 signee Leonard Floyd failed to qualify after the NCAA Clearinghouse flagged one of his high school courses. Instead, the talented linebacker will attend prep school in the fall.

Staff - DN Roundtable Insider: With transfers, early departures and dismissals including that of star RB Isaiah Crowell, UGA enters the season with just 75 scholarship players. DawgNation considers why that is and what Mark Richt & Co. can do to overcome the issue.

Tom Luginbill writes Insider: Several University of Georgia commitments and targets took part in The Opening, last weekend's premier summer camp in Beaverton, Ore. That gave our scouts another opportunity to watch them work and discuss what we learned.

Kipp Adams writes Insider: ESPN 300 ILB Tim Kimbrough Jr. has more than 20 offers, including one from the Bulldogs. With a return trip to Athens for Friday’s Dawg Night, the nation’s No. 11 inside linebacker prospect has UGA high on his list.

David Ching writes Insider: Around the Hedges in 80 Days – 52 days to kickoff
Isaiah Crowell’s exit swung open a huge door for two mega-talented incoming running backs. Freshman Todd Gurley might not be as heralded as his five-star counterpart Keith Marshall, but he is expected to have a banner rookie campaign with the Bulldogs.

DawgNation links: Roundtable

July, 4, 2012
DawgNation Roundtable Insider: Today being the Fourth of July, we expect to see fireworks and parades. Georgia football has had its share of fireworks, too, through the years. So we asked the staff and DawgNation’s readers: “What is the biggest fireworks display, figuratively speaking, you have seen at a Georgia football game?"

Radi Nabulsi writes Insider: Georgia will be well represented at The Opening this weekend, with QB Brice Ramsey leading seven notable commits who will showcase their talents at the Oregon event. The seven will also put on their recruiter caps, aiming to coax several Georgia targets to join them next year in Athens.

David Ching writes Insider: Around the Hedges in 80 Days -- 59 days to kickoff. During the offseason Georgia coaches took advantage of Ray Drew’s growth, cross-training him in the spring at defensive end, where they believe he’ll become a force. With Isaiah Crowell gone, Drew effectively takes over as the cream of the Dream Team crop, and figures to contribute a great deal in the next few seasons.

DawgNation links: Wiggins rises in 150

June, 6, 2012
Kipp Adams writes Insider: In the latest ESPN 150 rankings, four-star Georgia cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins bolted more than 50 spots up the list, while three other UGA commits held steady.

Adams Insider: Newly ranked four-star athlete Greg Taboada of Atlanta was surprised by his inclusion in the ESPN 150, considering football had only recently superseded soccer as the sport of choice for this the player with Spanish heritage.

Adams Insider: Prospects don’t come any more versatile than newly appointed ESPN 150 four-star athlete and two-way player Rashard Fant, and UGA is taking notice.

Radi Nabulsi writes Insider: UGA commits and targets pepper the newly released ESPN 300 list.



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