Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stepping Out, Ready to Work

I'm not gonna pretend to know enough to predict that these players will start going forward. But here are a few guys I'm paying attention to. The coaches as a whole have caught a lot of flack this season, but they've shown more than a willingness to shift and rotate personnel. Here are four players I saw take a step forward Saturday.
courtesy ABH
  • Alec Ogletree - To my knowledge, #9 saw his first meaningful defensive action of the season Saturday. But we've known for a while the kid loves to hit and is good at it. It's obvious that coaches are looking for ways to get him on the field. If he can prove that he covers as well (or nearly as well) as he hits, we should see him start at safety soon.
  • Kenarious Gates - I would classify Gates' first start as solid. While many will argue that Tennessee is one of the weaker opponents on the slate this season, they also blitzed enough to make Joe Lee Dunn smile. Gates held his own for the most part, and ended up playing most of the game. I don't know if he will be an immediate long term solution to getting this running game started, but he's proven he's ready for the challenge.
  • Sanders Commings - With Branden Smith out and Cuff struggling, we needed someone to step up and Commings was ready. I think he's vastly improved since earlier in the season and should continue to challenge for snaps the rest of the way.
  • Rantavious Wooten - This kid defines versatility. And with AJ set to draw more and more attention in opposing secondaries, Wooten should find space to work. And he's already proven that space is all he needs.
Georgia fans are desperate for a safety to remind them firsthand of Greg Blue. So I'm most excited about Ogletree's progression. He should bring pain and suffering to teams the rest of the way. 

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