Tramel Terry’s move to safety is intended to be for the long haul, Georgia coach Mark Richt said after the Bulldogs’ bowl practice on Wednesday.
“I wouldn’t say anything is ever permanent, but the plan is to be there,” Richt said.
The 6-foot, 184-pound freshman, South Carolina’s “Mr. Football,” in 2012 out of Goose Creek High School, switched from wide receiver at the start of bowl practices.
“He’s got a good body-type for that,” Richt said. “We thought it would be good for him. He was all for it. So that’s what we’re doing.”
Terry is redshirting this year after sustaining a torn ACL in a high school all-star game.
Georgia had talked to him out of high school about playing a Percy Harvin-type role as a receiver/running back, but Richt said Terry also played a lot of defense growing up and likes that as well.
Richt said the defensive coaches who saw Terry on the scout team liked what they saw out of him and were “kind of coveting him, kind of playfully recruiting him a little bit.”
Eventually, Richt asked them if they were serious about wanting him. They said they were.
Now they’ve got him.
“Tramel is a football player,” safety Corey Moore said. “I feel like you can put a football player at any position. He’s an aggressive-type guy. He still has work to do.”
Richt said the move to safety for Terry didn’t have anything to do with safety Shaquille Fluker leaving the program to transfer.
The junior college transfer did not play this season. He suffered a seizure during his time at Georgia.
“I can’t comment on any medical situation, but everybody wants to play more obviously,” Richt said. “I hope wherever he goes, he gets to play. I hope he finds a good home. I like him a lot, he’s a good
kid. I’m very confident we had his best interest at heart the entire time he was at Georgia and we treated him well. There are things that can’t be mentioned that are private, but I’m very confident that we treated him well and I’m glad he’s going to find a new home, hopefully find a good one.”
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