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Monday, August 30, 2010

First depth chart of the season

Has too much been made of DeAngelo Tyson’s switch to end? Is Hutson Mason in line to get snaps in Georgia’s opener?

These questions and more are raised – and in the end probably overstated – as Georgia released a new depth chart on Monday.

The highlights, and my take on each:

- Tyson is listed as the starting nose tackle, ahead of Justin “Bean” Anderson, while Brandon Wood gets the nod at end.

MY TAKE: This runs contrary to what the coaches have been saying lately. But they’ve also been saying there would be a regular rotation, and it has sounded like Tyson could get an equal number of snaps at nose and end.

- Mason is officially listed as the backup quarterback.

MY TAKE: There’s a better chance now that Mason will get snaps and burn his redshirt, especially with Logan Gray’s injury. My guess, and at this point it’s only a guess, is that Mason will only play Saturday in the event of injury to Aaron Murray, and the team will try to go as far as it can this year without having to burn his redshirt.

- Christian Robinson gets the nod at the weakside linebacker spot, ahead of Marcus Dowtin. A healthy Akeem Dent is the other starter, ahead of Akeem Hebron.

MY TAKE: The coaches like Robinson’s leadership, and how he took charge as the front seven signal-caller in Dent’s absence. His versatility, the ability to play both inside spots, really helped him here.

- Nick Williams gets the nod at strong safety, with Jakar Hamilton the backup free safety to Bacarri Rambo.

MY TAKE: It had been trending in that direction, but I’d still expect Williams and Hamilton to rotate. Shawn Williams and Alec Ogletree are the next two strong safeties. Ogletree all but looks set to play as a true freshman.

- Kris Durham is the starter at split end, ahead of Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett. Behind A.J. Green at flanker are Rantavious Wooten, Gray and and Israel Troupe.

MY TAKE: No surprises here. Durham and Brown are probably even, as they’ll both start in the event of a three-receiver set. Bennett could still redshirt.

- Trinton Sturdivant is the backup left tackle behind Clint Boling. The rest of the starting line is as expected, and the backups left to right are Sturdivant, Tanner Strickland, Chris Burnette, Dallas Lee and A.J. Harmon.

MY TAKE: All the backups have already had a redshirt year, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of them given some game action on Saturday.

- Tight end goes Orson Charles, Aron White and Bruce Figgins.

MY TAKE: They’ll all play, especially the first two.

- Caleb King is the starting tailback, Carlton Thomas the lone backup.

MY TAKE: Obviously Washaun Ealey is unavailable for at least one game. Fred Munzenmaier, listed as the backup fullback, could get a few carries.

- And lastly … Kiante Tripp is a backup end to Demarcus Dobbs.

MY TAKE: For the poster who kept asking about him … there ya go.


Anonymous said...

Curious, how can we expect to see art lynch used, or should we not be expecting that at all??

Keese said...

Probably 2TE sets. He needs to get on the field, coaches probably already know that...

Anonymous said...

Disagree about Mason. If he is indeed the backup, then he has to get snaps this weekend. We can't try to get through the season hoping to not burn his redshirt. Let Murray play the first 3 quarters, build up a sizeable lead, and then get Mason some gametime snaps to give him some experience. You can't throw a true freshman to the wolves against an SEC defense on the spot if Murray goes down.

And honestly, Mason isn't the future QB of this program. We really shouldn't be concerned about his redshirt. Whether it's Christian Lemay or another blue chipper down the road, we'll hopefully be replacing Murray with a stud back there. Getting 4 serviceable backup years out of Mason is fine with me.