ATHENS - There is an intriguing position switch for Georgia this month, though whether it will be a permanent one is uncertain.
Freshman Tramel Terry is working at safety this month, as the coaches evaluate their options with Terry and the beleaguered secondary.
Terry has been at receiver up until now, though he has redshirted after suffering a knee injury a year ago. Terry was considered a dynamic receiver and running back in high school, and did not play much defense.
Head coach Mark Richt and other coaches were not available for follow-up comments, on the move, first reported by Dawgs247.com. But Terry last week told Chuck Reedy, his former head coach at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School, that the Georgia coaches wanted to look at him at safety during bowl practice.
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"I guess this is a good time during bowl practice just to experiment," Reedy said. "He was fine (with the move). He just wants to play. I don't think he really cares where he plays."
Georgia figures to be deep at receiver next year, with Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley returning from injury, and only one senior (Rantavious Wooten) set to leave. The secondary also figures to be deep, but that unit struggled immensely this season. So even though Terry is believed to have dynamic potential at receiver, the coaches are curious whether he could help more in the secondary.
"He weighs 205 (pounds). He's very strong, and is obviously very fast. He can certainly play there," Reedy said. "We worked him some in the secondary when he was in high school. Didn't play him much. But certainly he's good enough athlete to do that.
One player who Richt has said is not moving is freshman tailback J.J. Green, who originally was ticketed for receiver or cornerback. Richt reiterated Monday that there had been no conversation about moving Green from tailback, but did leave some wiggle room as far as receiver after the bowl.
“I’m not saying he never could or that he couldn’t expand his role as having the ability to learn some things out in the slot to have a tailback that has the versatility to learn in the backfield and then get out in the slot a little bit in the future,” Richt said. “I’m sure that will be something we talk about in the offseason, but it’s not something that we’re messing with now.”
Georgia is scheduled right now to have seven scholarship tailbacks next year: Gurley, Green, Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas and A.J. Turman, and commitments Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.
But after this year’s injuries, and past year’s attrition, Richt is wary.
“I don’t know if you can ever have enough backs, and certainly injury is an issue,” Richt said. “Guys that are talented enough to possibly have a three-year career instead of a four-year career, you’ve got to plan for all of those things. I don’t know what decisions guys will make down the road, but certainly we’ve got some very talented backs that will have some decisions to make, as well. That’s all part of the reason to continue to recruit great players.”