DE Taylor pushing for major playing time

Georgia’s starting defense held its own in Saturday’s G-Day game.

Redshirt freshman defensive end John Taylor, who worked with the second teamers, again showed he could make a push to join the top group.

Taylor was credited with seven tackles and a scrimmage-high two sacks. He moved from nose guard to defensive end this spring under defensive line coach Chris Wilson.

“I think the D-line is really doing a nice job,” coach Mark Richt said. “I think Coach Wilson is doing a good job of coaching some good fundamentals, and some guys that have kind of been waiting in the wings are getting a chance to prove that they belong.”

That includes redshirt sophomore Sterling Bailey and junior Ray Drew at end.

Richt spent the second and third quarters of G-Day in the broadcast booth and Taylor’s name came up both times.

Richt said that the 6-foot-4, 325-pound Taylor from Jenkins County could move into a frontline spot.

“He’s very athletic,” Richt said on CSS. “He can be a nose guard without question but he’s also athletic enough to be an end. He’s probably athletic enough to play tight end for that matter. … He’s either going to start or he’s going to get a boatload of playing time.

— Marc Weiszer covers Georgia football for onlineathens.com. Follow him on Twitter or check for updates on his blog.

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