Georgia Bulldogs: Dawgs 2013 Coaches Take

Coaches' take: Jonathon Rumph 

February, 5, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- When Jonathon Rumph was a high school sophomore, his coaches had a simple philosophy once their offense advanced close to the opponent’s goal line.

“We’d just chunk it up and let him beat whoever was down there with him. We had somebody who could get the ball to him then,” said Abby Bray, who coached Rumph at Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, S.C. “We’d be at the 15-, 18-yard line and just throw it to the corner and just legitimately throw it up high and it was no contest. I don’t care who was guarding him, it was no contest.

“That was when he was in 10th grade. I can’t imagine what he’d have been like when he was a senior if we’d have had anybody that could throw the football, but we didn’t.”

Because he simply didn’t have much talent on his roster -- particularly at quarterback -- Bray said he felt compelled to put his best athlete under center during the next two seasons. And he believes today that the decision prevented Rumph from becoming one of the nation’s most sought-after receiver prospects.

Coaches' take: Josh Cardiello 

February, 5, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Although Josh Cardiello projects as an interior lineman in college, his talent and experience meant that his Buford (Ga.) High School coaches had to fortify their young offensive line with their most productive player at tackle.


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Coaches' take: Chris Mayes 

February, 4, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Having redshirted last fall at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Chris Mayes has three years of eligibility left now that he’s enrolled at Georgia. And that’s a good thing, as the big defensive lineman is still in many ways a project as a football player.

Mayes was a basketball player until the coaching staff at Spalding High School in Griffin, Ga. -- wowed by the athleticism displayed by a 6-foot-4 player who tipped the scales at nearly 300 pounds -- convinced him to play football for the first time as a junior.


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Coaches' take: Tray Matthews 

February, 1, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Todd Grantham has already pegged where Tray Matthews belongs in Georgia’s defensive scheme.

One of 13 recruits who enrolled at UGA earlier this month, Matthews possesses coverage skills that make him a natural fit to fill departed senior Bacarri Rambo’s shoes at free safety. But Matthews can do much more than play center field at the back end of Georgia’s pass defense.

“He’s a guy that’s a good communicator,” Grantham said. “He can play either safety position because of his size and his physicalness, but because of his athletic ability and his skillset, he would play the position that Rambo played.”


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Coaches' take: Quincy Mauger 

January, 31, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Quincy Mauger is not afraid to make his voice heard. But unlike many of the most vocal players you’ll find, negativity rarely accompanies all of the talking.


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Coaches' take: Aulden Bynum 

January, 30, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Ashley Henderson has heard all of the questions about whether a player from a small private school in Georgia can make the leap to playing major college football. He believes Aulden Bynum has the physical tools and the toughness to make that transition.

“People have asked me, ‘Well, because he goes to Valwood, do you think he’s going to be able to do it?’ ” said Henderson, who coached Bynum and the Valiants to a Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) state title last fall. “I said, ‘Well, I coached O-line at Valdosta for seven years and he’s as good as I ever had there.’ ”


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Coaches' take: J.J. Green 

January, 29, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s coaching staff hasn’t minded recruiting the occasional shifty, undersized utility player through the years -- and it looks like that’s what it's getting in J.J. Green.

The 5-foot-8, 171-pound early enrollee won’t be the first player Mark Richt’s staff wants getting off the bus, but he fits the mold of the Mikey Hendersons, Rantavious Wootens and Carlton Thomases who wound up contributing offensively despite a lack of prototypical size.

That was certainly the case at Camden County (Ga.) High School, where Green became coach Jeff Herron’s very first four-year starter.

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Coaches' take: Tramel Terry 

January, 28, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Watch highlight footage of Tramel Terry excelling at both receiver and running back in high school and you’ll see where the conundrum lies for Georgia’s coaches, who must determine the best way to use the speedster in college.

His coach at Goose Creek (S.C) High School, Chuck Reedy -- a former college coach himself -- even wrestled with where to play Terry before Georgia decided to deploy him at wideout when he enrolled earlier this month. And Reedy amusedly recalled a conversation concerning that very subject with Terry’s lead UGA recruiter, tight ends coach John Lilly, from last fall.

“I said, ‘I really think he’s a running back. Even though that’s not where he played when he was younger, we played him there the last two years about half the time,’” Reedy said. “But he just made a lot of plays, was really instinctive and had good vision and all those things. I said, ‘I’m just not sure that’s not where he needs to play.’

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Coaches' take: Ryne Rankin 

January, 27, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- There were obvious benefits to Ryne Rankin becoming the rare Georgia early enrollee to participate in the Bulldogs’ pre-Christmas bowl practices, but there were drawbacks, as well.


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Coaches' take: Brice Ramsey 

January, 26, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Brice Ramsey has a boatload of untapped potential as a quarterback, and Jeff Herron has believed for years that Ramsey would one day become a big-time college signal-caller.

“I actually could go back to Brice when he was in the fifth grade at a youth camp that we were hosting and watching him run around and lead people and throw the ball as a fifth grader,” said Jeff Herron, who coached Ramsey at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga. “It’s rare that you can tell with kids that early, but you certainly could [then].”


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Coaches' take: Reggie Carter 

January, 25, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s defensive coaches love when prospects show positional versatility, so Reggie Carter is a natural fit for the Bulldogs’ 3-4 scheme.

While ESPN projects him as an inside linebacker, Carter’s well-rounded high school career saw him rush the passer at outside linebacker and even contribute at defensive end.


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Coaches' take: John Atkins 

January, 24, 2013
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John AtkinsMiller Safrit/ESPN.comJohn Atkins enrolled at UGA earlier this month after spending a year at Hargrave Military Academy.

ATHENS, Ga. -- John Atkins wasn’t at Hargrave Military Academy for long, but his explosiveness made an impression on coach Troy Davis in that short time.


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