What About That Move Of Tramel Terry To Defense??

Tramel Terry about to tackle


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.




20 comments
Carlybot
Carlybot

Along with all this conversation about the relative merits of our backfield, I hope there is a change in the targeting rule, or they might be as extra cautious this season as last. Egads, what a horrible rule. It cost us a lot last season...and ACL tears might be a regular part of everyone's season if it continues.

Junkyardawg41
Junkyardawg41

I believe with JHC's suspension, the question is now OBE(Overcome by events)

The1TrueDawg
The1TrueDawg

Our safety play was nothing short of pitiful.  Terry is a Boykin-like playmaker who could be NFL-caliber.  We have lots of WR's and never have trouble attracting more.  Put him on D.  It is a no-brainer.

IveyLeaguer
IveyLeaguer

We need a real player at free safety, and I haven't seen one.  Not with the skill set and intangibles we need.

For that matter, I haven't seen one since VanGorder left.  As I've said before, safety, especially FS, is a position that needs to be reestablished and redefined at Georgia.  So we need a guy who can blaze the trail at that position and show others the way.

From what we're hearing, that's what Terry is supposed to be.  Both the kind of player AND the kind of athlete we need there.  So I was excited about the move.  Now that Pruitt is coaching the position, and there's a 100% chance the FS will be well-coached, I'm CRAZY excited about it.

It could be that Pruitt can take somebody we already have and make them a player.  I suspect that will happen, because it has to happen if we're going to be solid on the back end, since the secondary is fundamentally unsound as a unit.

But FS is such a critical position.  I just can't see Pruitt giving Terry up to the offense.  I know I wouldn't.

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EdThomas
EdThomas moderator

Regarding the safeties, I think the talent is there.  All of those guys were highly thought of coming out of high school.  I may think about moving Langley to safety although he may improve at corner with coaching.

GaSoldier
GaSoldier

I personally think JHC needs to stick with safety and focus on one position. Therefore moving Terry back to the Offense, and also being the kick/punt return specialist.

rugbydawg79
rugbydawg79

Punt and Kick -off returner--eventually at WR

anon dawg
anon dawg

i think we may be pleasantly surprised how less pressing our need at safety might be after a spring and fall under a new coaching staff.

All Dawgs go to Heaven
All Dawgs go to Heaven

I think our biggest need is in the secondary, so I'm going to go with Safety, and throw him in there for a few packages on offense as well.

EdThomas
EdThomas moderator

I want Terry at WR but trust Richt and Pruitt to do the right thing. Bennett and Conley are seniors, Mitchell is a likely early entrant fully recovered, and JSW could leave early as well. I think the depth chart says offense.

Red Dawn
Red Dawn

He was compared to Percy Harvin coming out of HS.  WR is a much better fit for Malcolm Mitchell even though he played CB early in his HS career.  Put him on offense and hope that Pruitt has the recruiting prowess to land some elite DBs and can coach up the the guys currently on campus.

IveyLeaguer
IveyLeaguer

@Junkyardawg41 

Doesn't help, for sure.  But Terry will be a FS, a different position from JHC.

But it does bring up an interesting question .. assuming JHC stays with the team and gets some playing time toward midseason (and that is far from a given), what position will he play?

There's no way to tell at this point what Pruitt will think when he sees the film.  If he sees something like what I saw, he won't be that thrilled with what he sees anyway.  Of course that's true for all of the secondary.

But JHC has a long way to go to become a good football player.  And it's mostly upstairs where he falls so short.

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RxDawg
RxDawg

Well hopefuly, at safety, we will still get to see the ball in his hands. A LOT ;)

Carlybot
Carlybot

JHC needs to keep himself fa fa away from his weed dealer. Worry about his position when he has earned he right to play for the Bulldogs! Too undisciplined at the moment.

dougscoffee
dougscoffee

@bigdawgfan If you are going to do that, then I would like to see JHC have a few receiving packages as well.  He was a beast in HC at receiver.

highcotton
highcotton

@dougscoffee @bigdawgfan To me, that was his position in the college game.  I never was really impressed with him on defense.  Not bad mouthing the kid, but I just think he is playing out of position.

RxDawg
RxDawg

Really!? I thought he was probably our best defender this year. He was fantastic imo.