Sunday, May 25, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 97 Days

#97 Brandon Wood, DT
6-1, 280, Buchanan GA (Haralson County HS), RS Soph.
One of the more heralded recruits from the 2006 incoming class, Wood was a Top 5 player from the state of Georgia, and a nationally ranked prospect at the defensive line position. He was one of the 1st players in the 2006 class to commit to UGA, choosing the Dawgs over Ole Miss, although most believed it was really a done deal for UGA long before that. After a redshirt season in 2006, Wood was hampered by injuries in 2007 and only saw limited time in 5 games, mostly toward the end of the year. Still, this is a guy with ridiculous athletic ability (there is the legend out there that he ran a 4.66 forty for pro scouts last spring), who deserves to be on the field if he can stay healthy.
Depth Chart Analysis: It is because of the late 2007 playing time, that most believe Wood is ready to make some type of impact in 2008. He isn't going to take a starting spot away from Jeff Owens or Geno Atkins, nor is he likely to even bump Kade Weston from the two-deep this year. But he is very versatile, and can even move outside to play some rush end if need be. With his combination of size and quickness, he'd be a tough matchup. He is certainly more than just another run-stuffer at defensive tackle. In this writer's honest opinion, if he can stay out of the training room, he'll make a big impact this year.

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