published Saturday, August 10th, 2013

UGA offensive freshmen vying for backup roles

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    Split end Jonathon Rumph (18) goes through a drill during Georgia's practice Thursday in Athens, Ga.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

On a talented Georgia offense with 10 returning starters, there isn't much room for the freshmen to make even the smallest of dents.

Cracking the starting lineup is out of the question right now for the offensive newcomers, and the same might be said about second-team spots. The crowded depth chart has not dampened the enthusiasm of the freshmen, though. That includes J.J. Green, who enrolled in January and entered preseason camp as the third-team tailback.

"It feels pretty good to know you've probably got the two best running backs [Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall] in the country ahead of you," Green told reporters in Athens following Friday's workout. "You can learn everything from them, and then when they leave, you step to the plate."

A.J. Turman and Brendan Douglas are Georgia's two other freshman tailbacks seeking the third spot behind a sophomore tandem that amassed 2,144 yards last season.

Jordan Davis is a newcomer who is the tight end behind Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome. Davis may have received the most second-team reps among the offensive freshmen due to Rome temporarily being sidelined.

"I'm getting there and starting to feel more confident," Davis said. "I'm working on being more physical, even against guys that are bigger than me. I want to contribute to the team."

Reggie Davis and Tramel Terry headline the freshman receivers hoping to get in a rotation filled with experience, with Jonathan Rumph having that same goal. Rumph enrolled early and caught two touchdown passes in the G-Day spring game, and he is Georgia's lone offensive newcomer who arrived via junior college.

Terry tore his ACL late last season but competed on a limited basis in Wednesday's first scrimmage. He has been working with a goal of playing this season but scaled back on that thought Friday.

"There is a lot to do and a lot I've got to learn, and on top of that I've got to get healthy," said Terry, the nation's No. 9 receiver prospect last winter, according to ESPN. "I'm not really in a rush anymore because I don't want to get hurt again. I want to make sure I'm good."

The Bulldogs worked out for two hours in full pads Friday, and coach Mark Richt was happy with how the players fought through hot and humid conditions. The team will hold its final two-a-day session today and take Sunday off, and practices will move to the afternoon starting Monday when classes begin.

Picture Day

The Bulldogs will hold their annual Picture Day for the fans next Saturday afternoon in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia players will be available for autographs and photos from 3 to 5 between Gates 2 and 4, and Richt also will be available at that time for those with ticket coupons.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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