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 2012 Mr. Football 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 last winter.
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.”
Moore said Terry “is eager to learn. … One thing I noticed is he was really physical coming in that first day. That was big.”
Richt said the move for Terry wasn’t related to safety Shaquille Fluker leaving the program to transfer.
As far as any other position changes, Richt said “right now there’s nothing cooking.”
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is already “about as close as you can get to an outside linebacker” when he plays the star nickel back position, Richt said, but going up against bigger tight ends in the base defense at outside linebacker isn’t a good matchup.
“I don’t think he’s an inside linebacker,” Richt said. “We’ll watch his body grow a little bit.”