There is only a little over a week left before Georgia's annual spring game. One of the biggest offseason moves is J.J. Green's position change from RB to DB. A notable reason for this transition is the great depth in the RB corps headlined by Heisman contender Todd Gurley, speedster Keith Marshall, hard-nosed, physical Sophomore Brendan Douglas, and two incoming blue chip prospects in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Stacked is an understatement.
Another glaring reason for this change is the struggle of the UGA secondary last season. The Bulldogs ranked 67th in the nation in passing defense, allowing an average of 232.8 yards per game. Georgia only had 6 interceptions on the year - one of the worst totals in the nation. The secondary was truly the weakest link in the mediocre, inexperienced defense of 2013. Also with the possible suspension of FS Tray Matthews and the dismissal of SS Josh Harvey-Clemons, the secondary is wide open.
Fast forward to 2014. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham leaves for the defensive coaching job at Louisville. Then Mark Richt and UGA made one of the biggest offseason headlines in hiring former FSU and BCS Championship-winning defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Coming into spring ball, Pruitt made known that every job was up for grabs, and he was going to have a fresh look at all the Bulldog defenders. Pruitt believes in playing more athletic and quick defenders rather than merely big guys like the Georgia defense has seen in the last few years. That's a good thing if you're J.J. Green.
J.J. Green is a great athlete and one of the fastest players at Georgia. He has a nose for the ball and should thrive at defensive back in Pruitt's new system. Green looks more like a corner or safety than a RB. After all, he played DB at Camden County High School two years ago.
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Green has already impressed coaches during the various spring scrimmages in the last month. He registered a team high of 7 tackles including 1 sack at CB during the Dawgs' first spring scrimmage. He was interviewed afterwards by the Athens Banner-Herald, and this is what he had to say.
Georgia needs talented players in the secondary, especially while dealing with youth and suspensions. Green has the athletic ability and the skills to contribute to the Bulldogs' secondary. Look for J.J. Green to make a statement in the Georgia G-Day spring game and create momentum heading into the fall. Under the coaching of Pruitt, the sky is the limit for what this guy can do.