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
5:26 pm

Perspective: you said what I said hours ago and the Dawgs still don’t get it. OUT OF NOWHERE is like the way the Dawg fans think they will win the SEC this year. Now, that is from out of nowhere.

KimZ's Package

May 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

Bill have you heard from CUZ? How is Bailey if you have heard?

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 7th, 2010
6:14 pm

Christian Robinson

DestinDawg

May 7th, 2010
6:20 pm

Bacarri Rambo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Asylum13

May 7th, 2010
6:42 pm

I think it will be Christian Robinson. He overtook Dowtin who has been playing good. Belin has always like Robinson. He recruited him while at Vandy and thought he could be a great LB. They have always had a goos relationship even after Robinson came to Georgia. So when Belin showed up it was perfect for Christian and Belin will get the most out of him……expect him to have a big year.

Decory Bryant

May 7th, 2010
7:49 pm

ED TOLLEY…. Oh wait, he’s already their MVP.

Midland Dog

May 7th, 2010
9:30 pm

Bruce Figgins and Alec Ogletree will bring it!!!!!!!!

GaDawg

May 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

yeah whatever!

May 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

some of my comments are not showing up

YEAH WHATEVER!

GaDawg

May 7th, 2010
10:24 pm

out of nowhere

May 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

here’s hoping the whole team can “come out of nowhere” to win the SEC.

The above comment wins GaDawgs Favorite Post of the Day Award!!!

southside dawg

May 7th, 2010
11:02 pm

Jakar hamilton will level some folks for us this season.

ATH

May 7th, 2010
11:09 pm

Mike Gilliard is not transferring. He’ll see significant PT at MLB in the rotation.

Rueben Faloughi will make a name for himself this season in the rotation at OLB as well as Shawn Williams at the S spot. Rueben was a walk-on from Evans HS and earned a scholarship after working his tail off over the past year. The kid is a grinder and was one of the stars this spring. Shawn had a very good spring too — Dawgs are loaded with talent in the secondary and Lakatos is teaching the kids how to play. Should be MUCH improved over last year simply due to coaching!

Toole

May 7th, 2010
11:34 pm

Better keep ur eyes on Nick Williams, Bruce Figgins, Kwame Geathers, Rantavious Wooten, and Cornelius Washington

RED DOG 77

May 8th, 2010
12:29 am

The whole defensive backfield will have folks eyes popin out of their heads this year. With the addition of coach Lakatos, one of the best young DB coaches in the country, and the talent he has, folks are gonna have an awfully hard time tossin around the tater on us this year !!!!! With coach Todd Grantham lighting a fire under the defenses butt this year, it will rub-off on the offense as well………….Yup, looks like the University of Georgia Football Team will surprise, surprise, surprise this year !!! Watch out Gators, we gonna be huntin you up this year ! GO DOGS !!! GATA !!! SIC’ ‘EM………WOOOF………WOOOF………WOOOF………WOOOF !!!!!!!

drew

May 8th, 2010
1:02 am

arthur lynch looked like a beast in the spring game.

yeah whatever!

May 8th, 2010
2:18 am

Richt's Butt Cut

May 8th, 2010
8:16 am

Vinny and Babs need to stay in seclusion or leave Athens. Sick of hearing about them wearing orange blah blah blah….. Vince was a decent coach- not a great one anyway….. We dont need any sympathizers for the toothless rednecks in orange up 75 around here.

cbdawg

May 8th, 2010
8:35 am

People continue to overlook T. King at the WR position. Red shirted his freshmen year, and last year J. Cox hardly looked his way. If you were not AJ or Orson Charles, you did not get many looks. T. King was the Gatorade HS player of the year his senior year!! Plenty of speed and quickness unlike anyone else at the WR positon for UGA, including AJ. I predict a break out year,

Small Johnson

May 8th, 2010
9:15 am

How is Jones the better reciever their freshman yr when Green had the better numbers. And had the better numbers last yr too.

tim

May 8th, 2010
9:33 am

I know all you puppies would love to see Herschel come out of no where because every sprig you ladies close your eyes an relive the glory that was uga football in 1980……but it’s 2010 so get ready for the reality of this season…7 wins maybe 8 is about all you girls will get this year, and ofcourse you’ll get crushed by the Mighty Gators by 4 maybe 5 td’s……mediocrity rules in Athens

Ace

May 8th, 2010
9:54 am

ATTENTION MR BILL KING:

please stop getting your information from chris low. He is a 100% tennessee vol homer and georgia hater. He collects all of his article ideas from Mr.Vol.Com’s John pennington, the biggest vol homer (in a state of denial about it) in knoxville.
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I will not be back to this blog if you continue to quote knoxville based chris low s opinion about this team. If tennessee beats georgia, thats all the concern he has for georgia. And if theres any bulldawg fans reading ESPN.COM/SEC/ – join me in complaining to espn that a knoxville based vol season ticket holder of 10 years is writing a “supposed” unbias sec blog.

everyone knows- a vol is never unbiased – they lean orange at every opportunity

hobnail boot

May 8th, 2010
10:13 am

I see Bacarri Rambo as being one of the top safeties in the SEC this year.

J Dawg

May 8th, 2010
10:47 am

Me

May 8th, 2010
10:49 am

Joe Cox?? OOPs That was last years future star, sorry.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

May 8th, 2010
11:18 am

I think the running backs will have a outstanding season if they can say healthy. The Secondary looks to do big things as well. I like Christian Robinson, Boykin, Rambo, Durham, As far as out of no where player, I would say Cuff, Jakar Hamilton. Wooten looks to have solid season that kid is a real speedster. Go Dawgs!!!!! 3+4+= 34

BurningRedBleedingBlack

May 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Bill,
I really enjoy your blog and i enjoy getting a chance to read it daily, i apologize for all the immature idiots on here who act out daily and refuse to talk about the topic at hand in a adult fashion. For what its worth keep up the good work and GO DAWGS!!!!!!

FRED

May 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

If Duram is what we look to we are in real trouble

Spike

May 8th, 2010
1:59 pm

No doubt it will be Kris Durham. The guy has great hands, can take a hit and is the go to guy for a first down. Green will get the glory, but Durham will do a lot of the work. Write it down.

That Guy

May 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

I don’t know what the debate between AJ Green and Julio Jones is about. AJ Green is a better receiver and the stats don’t lie. Proof is in the pudding.
Below are AJ Green’s stats.
Passing / Rushing
REC YDS AVG LNG TD / ATT YDS AVG LNG
2008 56 963 17.2 54 8 / 4 61 15.3 28
2009 53 808 15.2 65 6 / 0 0 0.0 0

Below are Julio Jone’s Stats
Passing / Rushing
REC YDS AVG LNG TD / ATT YDS AVG LNG
2008 58 924 15.9 64 4 / 0 0 0.0 0
2009 43 596 13.9 73 4 / 2 4 2.0 5

The only category AJ Green doesn’t beat Julio Jones in is Longest Catch. Again why is there a debate?

TheItalianDawg

May 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

Cornelius Washington all the way! he will be a star

CitizenK9

May 10th, 2010
2:51 am

Carlton Thomas if he can hold on to the ball and gets enough touches.

Iso Hapi

May 10th, 2010
12:51 pm

A new QB in the SEC EAST who has been waiting patiently for his chance for 3 years will finally get his start to come off the bench, and prove he’s more than a bench-sitter and his high school stats, were the real deal, and his QB stats in fill-in duties were outstanding and not a fluke.

We are talking about Joe Cox, same time last year.

Didi you think it was Florida’s QB John Bentley? GOTCHA! He does remind you alot of Joe Cox, the similarities are amazing.

maddawg

May 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

Boling, Glenn, Jones are NFL prospects that should get drafted, if all our lineman stay healthy, and we have two guy’s step up and play to their potential, we could easily have five nfl lineman starting, and a couple of nfl back up guys rotating in, I look for AJ Harmon to explode on the scene at LT and put Boling back at his natural position, Sturdivant to stay healthy and contribute at LG this year getting himself ready for a big time senior season and leaving the only doubt in nfl scouts being can he stay healthy, Strickland – the strongest man on the team if healthy could be an absolute road grader adding depth at RG, and Davis and Davis are two dependable borderline NFL guys that will start if the other guy’s do not step up and stay healthy, or give us added depth and a deep OL –

My picks are Harmon and Strickland on the OL, and Geathers on Defense whom I think will start at NT sooner than later

it all comes down to staying healthy and this offense could be scary even with a young QB, There is no excuses for Bobo this year cause he should have defenses guessing every single play of every game with the talent at WR, TE, OL, RB, FB, well every position on the offense, it is as good as it has ever been as far as talent across the board

Old Dawg

May 10th, 2010
2:30 pm

I could name several folks but with the defensive scheme several players we haven’t noticed before could make plays, develop confidence and become terrors. The use of tight ends as slot receivers will create a lot of mismatches against linebackers, so that could make for interesting developments.

And it Murray develops early he could be a big surprise, just like David Greene his redshirt freshman year.

Candyman

May 10th, 2010
2:39 pm

Would have to be Coach Mike Bobo. If he has a good year, it will be coming out of nowhere.

ca dawg

May 10th, 2010
2:58 pm

rambo and cornelius washington on D, and wooten and josh davis on O. our running game solidified only when we put davis in.

Smirnoff

May 10th, 2010
5:47 pm

I’d say Logan Gray could be the Dogs next big star. He is a tremendous athlete. I don’t think he’ll leave. He can make a big impact as a slash guy: little qb wildcat, little wr, little slot, little runs on zone reads. Or, if Murray gets injured again, Logan could come in on the white horse as QB, Tom Brady/Kurt Warner like, and lead the troops to the big dance.

Logan could win the job over the summer and be the starter, which I think will happen, looked sharp on g-day.

maddawg

May 11th, 2010
11:52 am

forgot to mention, think we will have our next great walk on, whom has now earned a scholarship for UGA, a lot of people will learn about Rueben Faloughi this year if they haven’t already, the 3-4 D is a blessing in disguise for this young man, and while he may not be a starter because of Houston and Washington, he will add some depth and be a big contributor when he plays