You may remember during the 15 practices that UGA was allowed for preparations for the Gator Bowl, that the big story was the experimentation of moving Tramel Terry to safety, after he was recruited and signed as a top wide receiver from Goose Creek, South Carolina. And now with a complete overhaul of the defensive staff in Athens, where will Terry play in 2014?
At the time of the bowl practices, head coach Mark Richt made it clear that Terry’s future was going to be at safety for the foreseeable future.
“He’s got the body type [for safety], and we thought it would be good for him,” Richt said. “I wouldn’t say anything is ever permanent, but the plan is for him to be there. Right now and through spring, all his reps will be at defense until he gets comfortable with it.”
But it was former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and former defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos who were the persuasive voices to Richt to pluck the young athlete from an offense that will be loaded at the wide receiver position assuming good health in 2014. And now neither of their voices will be heard anywhere near the Woodfruff Practice Fields at the Butts-Mehre football complex.
It will be worth watching during spring practice – which begins in early March – to see if offensive coordinator Mike Bobo can pull his recruit back to the offensive side of the ball, or if Pruitt and whoever comes in to coach the defensive backs will continue the experiment that was so worthy of attention last month.
Now, put on your coaches hat, and let it be known in the comments below where you would play the young, athletic Terry in spring ball, and into what should be a very interesting fall 2014 in Athens.