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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Position scouting report: RBs

By David Ching

Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at each position on Georgia’s depth chart and project how it might look in the future. Today we examine Georgia’s running backs: 

* Current two-deep depth chart:
TB: Todd Gurley (Fr.), Keith Marshall (Fr.)
FB: Zander Ogletree (Jr.), Merritt Hall (Fr.)

* Who’s ready to move up for more playing time? The tailback rotation among returning players seems to be settled, but it would not be a surprise to see freshman fullback Quayvon Hicks play a larger role next season. The Bulldogs already have two capable players at the position, however, in Hall and Ogletree.

* High-profile commits: Georgia lost previously committed tailback Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) -- the nation’s No. 3 athlete in ESPN’s player rankings -- to Alabama months ago. The Bulldogs still have ESPN 300 tailback A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) and the Percy Harvin-like Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) -- whom ESPN lists as the No. 55 overall prospect and No. 6 athlete -- on their commitment list.

* Additional targets on the board: Georgia is still pursuing four-star tailback Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), the No. 37 overall prospect and No. 4 tailback according to ESPN’s rankings. Alabama, USC and Oregon are also trying to convince Kamara to join their recruiting classes.

* 2013 gameplan: It would appear that the Bulldogs are in pretty decent shape at tailback for at least the next two seasons. Gurley (222 carries, 1,385 yards, 17 TDs) and Marshall (117-759, 8 TDs) were exceptional as true freshmen. Backup Ken Malcome (57-272, 2 TDs) expressed dissatisfaction with his role during bowl practices and did not play against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. His situation will be worth watching during the offseason.

* And 2014? This will probably be the final season with Gurley and Marshall on the roster. After he posted nine 100-yard games as a true freshman, Gurley is sure to have an opportunity to jump to the NFL after his junior year should that be his desire -- and Marshall might have that chance, as well. This is where developing depth among the youngsters -- Terry and maybe Kamara, should he pick the Bulldogs -- will be important.

* What about 2015? This would be a season for 2014 signees -- Georgia already has an apparently soft commitment from Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy) and has also expressed an interest in a number of prospects like Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) and Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central). If Gurley and/or Marshall don’t stick around for their senior seasons, there will be plenty of playing time available for somebody in 2015.