The debut of junior college transfer wide receiver Jonathon Rumph has been delayed at least another week after he re-pulled his hamstring, but Saturday’s game against North Texas should be the first Georgia game for another junior college transfer.
Chris Mayes is expected to get some snaps after not playing in the first two games following a preseason concussion.
“It was a big setback because it was at the beginning of camp when you want to show the coaches what you’ve got,” said Mayes, a Spalding High product signed out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Mayes isn’t sure how much he could play Saturday.
“Obviously, this is a big week for Chris,” defensive line coach Chris Wilson said after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s practicing well, he’s healthy, he’s feeling good. He’s had a good week of practice. As long as he continues to go that direction, hopefully we’ll get a chance to see him a lot this week.”
Said Mayes: “Any amount of reps, I’ve just got to play my hardest and show what I can do.”
Wilson said he’s played six to seven in his rotation each game.
That includes redshirt freshman John Taylor, who had a big play when Georgia lined up in its base defense on third down near the goal line in the fourth quarter against South Carolina.
“When we play big people, we put our big guy in,” Wilson said.
Taylor’s push helped Georgia hold Mike Davis to only two yards on a third-down run that Ray Drew made the tackle on, Wilson said. That led to the fourth-down stop that Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson teamed up on.
Taylor said he played from 12 to 15 snaps against the Gamecocks.
“I’ve got to earn the coach’s trust,” Taylor said, “so I can get on the field more and more each game.”
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