Who’s likely to be the Dogs’ next star out of nowhere?

Will Kris Durham become an SEC star this season? (AJC staff)

Will Kris Durham become an SEC star this season? (AJC staff)

Asked in a mailbag column what SEC players he sees coming “out of nowhere to be star players this year,” ESPN.com’s Chris Low included Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham, returning from a year off due to injury, along with South Carolina safety DeVonte Holloman, Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette, Tennessee running back Tauren Poole, Florida linebacker Jon Bostic, Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan and Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf.

Low’s opinion of Durham jibes with my own, which was reinforced by watching Durham make some really impressive catches in the recent G-Day game. With coverage focusing on A.J. Green, Georgia’s other wide receivers are likely to get some nice opportunities this season, and lanky No. 16 seems ready to rise to the occasion in his senior year.

But do you see any other Dogs making such a move out of the shadows into the spotlight? We’re not talking established stars like Green and Washaun Ealey here. Or heavily spotlighted players like Aaron Murray. And I don’t count Justin Houston in this category because he impressed enough people last season that just about everyone is expecting big things of him this year. Ditto Orson Charles.

Besides Durham, I think Vance Cuff in the secondary, one of the most impressive players of the spring, might make a big move this season. Anyone else on your “star” radar?

(By the way, in that same column Low also addresses the A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones debate, saying he would have given the nod to Jones as the better receiver in the two players’ freshman seasons and to Green last year. This season, likely to be the last year of college ball for both players, should decide a winner, he says. Feel free to chime in on that, too.)

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KimZ's Package

May 7th, 2010
11:32 am

T Ray

May 7th, 2010
11:32 am

FIRST!!!! and AJ Green will win out

TuckDAWG

May 7th, 2010
11:32 am

Well Chris Low must not be whatching the same games i saw if he thought julio had a better freshman year than A.J.! He is right about Vance Cuff and i think another one to watch is going to be Deangelo Tyson thoughts? GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2010
11:33 am

I see Durham does not have his arms locked together and is looking anyplace except directly down towards the turf in that photo. I guess this year, we get that ball back at the 15.

T Ray

May 7th, 2010
11:33 am

shanahan

May 7th, 2010
11:33 am

first!!lets go!!!

dawgster

May 7th, 2010
11:33 am

AJ better his freshman year also in my opinion, but what are we debating here. both very, very good receivers, but i think AJ had a little more impact to our team his freshman year…just an opinion..

shanahan

May 7th, 2010
11:34 am

dang waaaaaaaaaaaay to late

Perspective

May 7th, 2010
11:34 am

Abry Jones-Cornelius Washington -Arthur Lynch

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2010
11:35 am

Good job responding to your text alert when any new article is posting on the Georgia Bulldogs, Kim.

T Ray

May 7th, 2010
11:35 am

Is it me or does Durham seem SOFT? Everytime he taes a descent hit he comes up shaken at best any thoughts?

Dusty

May 7th, 2010
11:37 am

WR is the best place to look, could be Wooten, or Branden Smith could play a Percy Harvin impact-he’s averaging 12 yards a carry. Both all Parade All Americans and looked great in the Spring scrimmages. Durham could be the guy is he stays healthy.

Also think Olson, White or Lynch could play an impact like Florida’s TE made last year. Lynch looked VERY GOOD in the Spring, and one of these TE’s might be the Fall surprise here with a move to WR.

My money is on Wooten to have a massive impact, perhaps outshing AJ Green.

MaconKnight

May 7th, 2010
11:37 am

O. Charles, A. Dent will be the next stars, I. Troupe really needs to step up as well.

Snotbubble

May 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Bruce Figgins……………..

Bubba

May 7th, 2010
11:41 am

“I see Durham does not have his arms locked together and is looking anyplace except directly down towards the turf in that photo. I guess this year, we get that ball back at the 15.”

If Al Ford’s crew is working the game, they’d call it a fumble.

KimZ's Package

May 7th, 2010
11:48 am

I vote the WATERGIRL will be the UGA breakout star! She has water and can’t get drunk. Well, Richt can’t kick his wife off the team either.

bammer's_suck

May 7th, 2010
11:52 am

RB D.Jackson from Franklin, Ga ready to let it rip!

KimZ's Package

May 7th, 2010
11:54 am

Joe Cox is sitting somewhere crying. Cox is looking at UGA’s schedule saying I could be A Football God if I was Starting in 2010.

Minnesota Dawg

May 7th, 2010
11:56 am

How about Washaun Ealey being the SEC player of the year with over 1,000 yards rushing? If our line gets it together and stays healthy! Georgia linemen, tis is your year to put the dawgs back on top! You are the key big guys!

John

May 7th, 2010
11:57 am

I find it a bit inconsistent to try and name an “out of no-where” in advance of their breakout. Once they start getting talked about, they are no longer “out of no-where!” But, being a dawg fan and enjoying any opportunity to talk Georgia Football: Abry Jones is the man! He’s going to be a wrecking ball inside, taking up the center and both guards (from time to time) and causing all kinds of trouble. He’s poised for a breakout year and it’s going to be fun to watch!

Minnesota Dawg

May 7th, 2010
11:59 am

Bammer’s suck, I grew up in Franklin, GA. My grandmother’s house stood where the new high school is now. It would be good to see Heard County and Franklin shine!

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bammer's_suck

May 7th, 2010
12:00 pm

John, that’s a big ten- four. Jones is the real deal.

Dusty

May 7th, 2010
12:01 pm

UGA has some 6 Heisman calibre guys:

Murray
AJ Green
Ealey
Charles
Branden Smith
Wooten

All Parade All-Americans. Very 2005/2006 USC feel to this team–they are LOADED!!!!!

bammer's_suck

May 7th, 2010
12:03 pm

Minnesota Dawg, long time since we’ve talked like ‘90 or so. Jackson is ready for some snaps right now.

Minnesota Dawg

May 7th, 2010
12:10 pm

bammer’s suck are you a coach at Heard High?

Perspective

May 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

D Jackson is under sized…scat back… punt returner… He can’t block – which means you take a blocker off the field or that the defense knows he’s getting the ball. BTW, I’d bet that Alec Ogletree is in the rotation @ LB by mid season

bammer's_suck

May 7th, 2010
12:15 pm

No JT, I’m MB moved there in ‘88

Minnesota Dawg

May 7th, 2010
12:15 pm

Enter your comments here

bammer's_suck

May 7th, 2010
12:17 pm

Don’t hate HC give em a chance.

Minnesota Dawg

May 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

bammer, I’m the brother of JT.

bammer's_suck

May 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

Should’ve guessed that

11Dawg

May 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

In both years, AJ beat out Julio in every statistical category. I don’t see why there’s all the love for Jones.

CHDawg

May 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

Marlon Brown has been nicely forgotten, as have T King and Wooten and Troupe. All four could become very good SEC receivers imo. We have more depth there than most seem to realize. Unfortunately, we may only have one QB to throw it to them, if Gray leaves. A pulled muscle, and they all go to waste. I bet the staff knows what they have there. I will never forget the TD pass Barkley threw to Brown in the HS all star game–they looked two college players working out at the local HS.

PMC

May 7th, 2010
12:40 pm

Dbalcer

May 7th, 2010
12:41 pm

Although he broke out last year I expect great things out of Rambo and newcomer The Hitman Hamilton.

Penn Wagers

May 7th, 2010
12:57 pm

If my crew is working that game, it’s 15 yards, and I go to Durham’s house, kick his dog and ruin his credit rating.

BIG BEN

May 7th, 2010
1:04 pm

AJ 2008 56 963 8
AJ 2009 53 808 6

JJ 2008 58 924 4
JJ 2009 43 596 4

ENOUGH SAID!!!

WonderDawg

May 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

How about Arthur Lynch?

DOGFAN

May 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

I think it will be a true freshman Kendrum “Boo” Malcome or Alec Ogletree.

WonderDawg

May 7th, 2010
1:07 pm

Green, if he can stay healthy for a whole season.

AceDawg

May 7th, 2010
1:10 pm

If Logan Gray had practiced at receiver this past Spring, I think he could’ve been one of the guys. Maybe he’ll still stick with UGA and get some noticeable playing time on special teams and get some receptions. Maybe he’ll STILL get a shot at QB.

Redd

May 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

RAMBO RAMBO RAMBO RAMBO!!!!!!!

sirluciouscp@yahoo.com

May 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

Chris Low is a moron!

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

May 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Zach Mett….uh….Montez Robinson….er

Otto

May 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

Jackson at RB or someone in the secondary.

suwaneedawg

May 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

Redd stole my thunder, Rambo is the man.

KJ

May 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

“Zach Mett….uh….Montez Robinson….er”

yeah, it’s too bad these guys weren’t gaytors, Urbie would have just suspended them for the first quarter against Creampuff St.

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

May 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

KJ

FORTY ONE – seventeen

Hutson Mason

May 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

Ed Garland BABY!!!!!!!!