Georgia Football: 5 Bulldogs Primed to Have Breakout Seaons
There is no question the Georgia Bulldogs have a talented group of players that have a chance to win a lot of games this season if they learn how to play together.
Guys such as Todd Gurley and Leonard Floyd know what’s expected of them because they have proved they can produce at a high level.
But there are a few Bulldogs who are just as talented but have not had that breakout season yet because of injuries, being too low on the depth chart, etc. But this season is a different story, and if the Bulldogs are going to have a chance to reach the College Football Playoff, it will be because of the few players who had breakout seasons.
DB J.J. Green
Damian Swann may be the leader of the secondary, but the player who is going to turn heads is J.J. Green.
After having a strong 2013 season at running back, Green is slated to be the starting nickel cornerback and strong safety this year, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens-Banner Herald. He proved he was worthy of both spots after a strong spring season.
Green has speed and good ball skills and can tackle in open space. After a rough 2013 season, the secondary looks to improve, and Green will be a huge reason why they will be better this season.
DE Sterling Bailey
After playing in only three games in 2012 and staring in eight games last season, Sterling Bailey is looking to be the full-time starter at defensive end.
Bailey put up solid numbers last year, as he tallied 34 tackles and nine quarterback hurries. But with a new defensive coordinator in Jeremy Pruitt, Bailey has a chance to improve on those numbers if he puts in the work during fall camp.
Per 247Sports (subscription required), defensive line coach Tracy Rocker praised Bailey’s work during spring practice, and he’s a very reliable and seasoned player. If would almost be a shock if he didn’t have a breakout year.
OL Brandon Kublanow
If there’s an offensive lineman to watch for this year, it would have to be Brandon Kublanow.
According to the official depth chart, per Seth Emerson of Macon's The Telegraph, Kublanow is the reserve left guard behind Kolton Houston. But he’s coming off of a strong spring season and a 2013 season where he played in nine games.
Kublanow is only a sophomore and has a lot of room to grow. The fact that he was able to start last season will only make him more prepared for the 2014 season.
He will have some work to do in order to beat out Houston for the left guard spot. But if he continues to get better during preseason camp, the coaches will find a place for him and he will be successful.
TE Jay Rome
After playing behind Arthur Lynch for the past two seasons, Jay Rome will get his chance to be the starting tight end.
He did not see a lot of action during spring practice because of an injury, but he will be ready to go at the start of the season and looks to continue the tradition of great tight end play in Athens.
Playing behind Lynch, who was an All-SEC player, will only help him in the long run. And he is working with a new quarterback in Hutson Mason who will be looking his way quite a bit to get out of trouble.
CB Aaron Davis
It seemed like Aaron Davis came out of nowhere.
After redshirting last year, Davis burst onto the scene this spring and turned heads with his play during practice and in the spring game, where he recorded an interception.
Davis is a walk-on player who really has not seen the field since 2010. He missed all of his junior year in high school because of an ACL injury and missed nearly all of his senior year because of the same injury.
Now Davis has a chance to prove he’s worthy of being a Bulldog, and if he continues to do what Pruitt tells him to do and keeps impressing the players and coaching staff, he will do the same thing with Bulldog Nation this fall.