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.)