Opening day depth chart

Weiszer has the details.

If you’ve been following fall camp, there aren’t too many shockers there.  Mitchell beating Swann out to be named a starter at cornerback is a little surprise, maybe.

Three true freshman are listed as starters – Theus and the two special teamers.  And there are several others scattered across the two/three-deep roster.  I don’t see Georgia redshirting a lot of players from this year’s class.

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28 responses to “Opening day depth chart

  1. Am I the only one completely confused by the state of Rambo et. al.?

    • NateG

      Nope. My money is on a 1 game suspension for Buffalo, then balls to the wall in Columbia.

    • Am I the only one who sees Alec Ogletree as a huge deal? This guy can make plays all over the field, can play ILB or OLB, or maybe even SS, knocks out 1 guy per game, and is right there with Jarvis as arguably the best LB in the country.

      • charlottedawg

        I definitely think he’s a big deal. The fact that he was immediately a force in the Florida game after being out 6 weeks to me speaks volumes about his playmaking ability. That and the noticeable drop off against Boise St once he left. If he declares for the draft after this year it’ll be bittersweet because we never had this guy for a full season in his 3 years here, assuming a suspension is pending of course.

        • Macallanlover

          Agree, I believe we would have beaten Boise if Tree had stayed in that game. We will never know but it looked like the Boise offense was stuck until that point.

  2. Faulkner

    I can’t believe it is almost here.

  3. HVL Dawg

    He didn’t mention who the starting quarterback is!

    Who is the starting quarterback?

  4. Macallanlover

    I have never understood the concept of endorsing a policy of redshirting, unless there is an injury or we recruited a player who isn’t up to D1 standards. I heard Big Game Bob say last week that if they recruited the right players, they should be able to make a contribution at this level and RS should be an exception. In our case, it might be play on STs or as a fill-in role when we play the cupcake games. In this day where the top guys tend to leave you after year three, and the HS players watch Freshmen play every week on TV, stating that you prefer to RS players as a strategy is going to cost you.

    There are some cases where a gap in talent by class may justify a RS (Mason may be an example of this and we have had significant gaps at OL before). Recruit the best, let them play, then recruit some more. I hope all those on the 2 and 3 deep get in the game.

    • David

      I’m with you for skill guys, but linemen especially OL need to grow and get strong enough to compete at this level. We should have a full crop of 4-6 offensive linemen redshirting every year with maybe studs like Theus getting early playing time.

      • Macallanlover

        I understand that some positions, OL being the primary example, requires better development than RB or WR, but we will need those guys to play a more critical role the nest season as a starter or backup who is very likely to be needed. The plays may be in garbage time but it is still motivating and the best way to teach/analyze that player.

        I still feel we should be recruiting players who are strong enough to compete, not saying they should be as developed as they would be as upperclassmen but they aren’t usually going to be competing at times when the best defensive linemen are on the field either. Theus and Sturdivant came in ready to compete so there are recruits out there. I have been a critic of our OL strategy in the past because I think we put too much emphasis on weight. Last year was a great example of us going too far in that direction when we outweighed every team in football, college and pro, If you do that at age 18-22 you don’t have the right body physique. I would follow the Wisconsin recruiter around, for one, and see where he is getting his talent. If a player is going to weigh 295+pounds, he should be at least 6′ 5″, preferable taller. I don’t think big bellies hanging over pants is desirable in OL or women.

        • shane#1

          Some pro coaches like the big guts on O linemen because it lowers their center of gravity. I wish the Dawgs had three O linemen coming off red shirt every year. The will have gained weight and gotten stronger in the weight room, their conditioning should be better, and they should know the playbook and have gotten to know their comrades on the O line. I also like to red shirt QBs. You can ruin a QBs confidence if you throw him to the wolves too early. I heard one coach say that it’s better to play a QB a year too late than a year too soon.Their are only 22 spots on the 2 deep, 34 if no one on the 2 deep plays special teams, you have 85 schollys, it isn’t possible to play everyone. Red shirt some new guys with talent and you improve your scout team, which will help improve the starters that practice against them.

  5. Bulldawg165

    Richard Samuel IV is FOURTH string RB as a senior? Wow. And to think he was competing for the starting spot his freshman/sophomore years…

    • The other Doug

      I bet he is the starting FB once they feel like the RB position is settled.

      • Bulldawg165

        I hope so. As much as I love our coaching staff and think we usually do a good job of developing players not on the offensive line, I can’t help but think we’ve mishandled things with RS IV considering all of the shuffling around we’ve done with him. I hope he makes things work out at FB for his own sake as much as our team’s

        • Dog in Fla

          AYCE Chinese Lunch Buffet fortune cookie says, “If you keep thinking about all the ways we’ve mishandled things, chances of having a productive afternoon may be greatly lessened.”

          • Bulldawg165

            Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t trying to hate on our coaching staff at all. I just wish we had gotten him settled sooner and allowed him 4 years to develop at that position instead of bouncing him from RB to LB back to RB and probably to FB.

            • The Lone Stranger

              Well, the oddball nature of some or the past RBs contributed, as did the eventual emergence of some knock-out linebackers (ie: JJones, RWilson, AOgletree, AHerrera, and even CRobinson at times). Lucky for us, DickSam IV carries the water however asked.

  6. BigEZ

    Anybody got a link to the actual depth chart and not just Weiser’s comments on it?

  7. The Lone Stranger

    Another headscratcher: as per the Kickoff Returner listing, does anyone take this to mean it will be a lone-man return scenario?

  8. AusDawg85

    Kwame behind Big John at nose? Not really the way that worked last season. I sure hope that’s a sign of how much more Jenkins has improved!

    • The Lone Stranger

      I get the feeling they’re gonna run the old 1-2 punch at OLines this season. Maybe a roughly equal split-per-snap to keep each Big Bear running at optimum power. Or I wonder if one of the two could become more of a late-game specialist, rotating in to drop the hammer on some Guards and Centers after they’ve absorbed a full game of wear-and-tear.