ATHENS - Ramik Wilson has gone from first-team All-SEC, and All-American candidate in some quarters, to second string on his own team.
At least that's according to Georgia's updated depth chart, which has the senior on second team at inside linebacker, behind sophomore Tim Kimbrough.
Fair warning: In years past the weekly pregame depth chart has occasionally been misleading, so this should be taken with a grain of salt. The depth chart was posted along with the Georgia game notes for the Clemson game, which you can find here.
There was also a mild surprise in the secondary, where junior cornerback Devin Bowman, who has rarely played the previous three years, was listed as a first-team cornerback, ahead of junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng.
But Wilson's demotion was the news, although coaches have been telegraphing it for awhile now, since Wilson missed 10 days of practice with a concussion.
"It's hard to get better when you're not there," head coach Mark Richt said last week. "It's hard to get game ready when you're not practicing. Unfortunately, he was not able to practice and now he's playing catch-up quite frankly, and, hopefully, he can get to the point where the defensive staff feels like he ought to be in there doing it."
Mike Ekeler, the inside linebackers coach, said Friday: "Anytime you miss practice it sets you back, and he missed a bunch. It kind of is what it is, and we've made some moves. So he's trying to battle his way back right now."
Kimbrough played mostly special teams last year. Sophomore Reggie Carter, who was the top inside linebacker backup last year, isn't on the two-deep: Senior walk-on Kosta Vavlas is listed as senior Amarlo Herrera's top backup.
Some other notes from the updated depth chart:
- The rest of the secondary is as it looked practice last week: Senior Damian Swann at the other corner spot, freshman Dominick Sanders at the star, and senior Corey Moore and redshirt freshman Aaron Davis at the safeties. The other backups: freshman Malkom Parrish (corner), sophomore J.J. Green (star), sophomore Quincy Mauger and senior Lucas Redd (safeties.)
- The starting tight end is Jay Rome "or" Quayvon Hicks. There is no starting fullback listed.
- Instead, there are three starting receivers listed: Michael Bennett and Chris Conley, obviously, but also Reggie Davis at the Z receiver spot. Blake Tibbs is listed as Davis' backup. Jonathon Rumph and Kenneth Towns are listed as the other backups.
- The backup quarterback is Brice Ramsey "or" Faton Bauta. That's no surprise, as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo said he probably wouldn't make a decision, if at all, until after Tuesday's practice.
- Brandon Kublanow is indeed listed as the starter at left guard, and the rest of the offensive line is as expected: LT John Theus, C David Andrews, RG Greg Pyke, RT Kolton Houston.
- Freshman Isaiah McKenzie and Sony Michel are listed as the kick returners. McKenzie is the backup punt returner, behind Reggie Davis.
- The punter spot is Collin Barber "or" Adam Erickson. But head coach Mark Richt said last week that Barber was the leader for most punts, while Erickson was likely to be the pooch punt specialist.