Georgia could end up redshirting more than half or close to half of the 31 newcomers it brought in from this year’s signing class.
So far, Georgia has reported 12 have played and junior college transfer wide receiver Jonathon Rumph is being prepared to play for the first time against North Texas.
Rumph practiced without limitations Wednesday after missing the first two games with a strained hamstring.
“I don’t know if he will get in as a rotation from the very beginning or it will be contingent on how the game goes,” coach Mark Richt said. “He was getting a lot of work on special teams. Coaches are trying to incorporate him back into that.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said that Rumph was “rusty” on Wednesday.
“He’s got to get better on his assignments and better on his route running,” he said. “He’s got to use this week in a half to show we can depend on him and put him in the game.”
Richt said that safety Quincy Mauger, cornerback Shaq Wiggins and linebacker Reggie Carter could be close to earning more playing time on defense.
They have already played along with defensive backs Brendan Langley and Tray Matthews, linebackers Leonard Floyd, Tim Kimbrough and Ryne Rankin, receiver Reggie Davis and tailbacks Brendan Douglas and J.J. Green. Junior college transfer defensive lineman Toby Johnson also has seen action.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said the plan now is not to play any freshmen who have not already been in games this season except linebacker Johnny O’Neal.
Bobo said tight end Jordan Davis could play against North Texas. Coaches are also considering playing offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow.