Friday, May 23, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 99 Days

For the next 99 days, as we march toward what we expect will be one of the more memorable seasons in UGA history (in one way or another), this spot will be occupied once a day by an in-depth profile of one current UGA football player. Naturally, we'll choose to profile the player whose current assigned jersey number corresponds with that day on the countdown. For those true freshmen not on campus, and who have not yet been assigned jerseys, we'll slot them in a spot where they might most likely end up (the 90's for DLs, 80's for WR and TE, etc, etc.) There may also be some days when we'll shift key walk-ons around to make sure we give them their due. So, without further ado, here we go with #99:

#99 Jarius Wynn, DE
6-5, 273, Lincolnton GA (Lincoln Co HS, Georgia Military College), Sr.
The latest in a long-line of defensive standouts that have come from the top single-A high school program in Georgia, where Wynn played for legendary Larry Campbell. After getting interest from alot of big time college programs, he signed with South Carolina State, but decided to take the Junior College route instead. At GMC, he was voted team captain and defensive MVP, as well as receiving a 2nd team Junior College All-American selection. Jarius was no stranger to Athens even in his days at the Red Devils. His brother Shed played in Athens earlier in this decade, and showed the same flashes of brilliance that we saw from Jarius at times in 2007. His best game by far came against Florida, where he had 3 big tackles, and also took his turn pummeling Tebow, along with the rest of his teammates. Like his brother in the 2002 Tennessee game, Jarius apparently likes to show up in the big games.
Jarius Wynn's depth chart analysis: one of the more hotly contested battles in fall camp will be at the Defensive End slot opposite Roderick Battle. Wynn is very much in the mix for that starting slot, and in my honest opinion, it is all up to him as to whether he or not he grabs it. His competition is a pretty light Jeremy Lomax and perhaps a true freshman in Toby Jackson. The flashes that Wynn showed in 2007 could manifest itself into a big 2008 senior campaign.


Otto said...

Nice work JJ...I look forward to the next 100 days and then the 5 months that follow!!!
No position at UGA has produced more NFL talent over the last decade.....hopefully Wynn keeps that trend going. He will need to show up for every play/game this year.

Bop said...

I love schools like Lincoln County that constantly produce winners and send their best players every few years over to Athens.

Gotta love Wynn's dad showing up to away games in that F450 Diesel with 99 on the side.

JJ said...

Shit. I can't believe I didn't make a mention of that truck. That might actually have to be an entirely new blog until itself.