Thursday, August 14, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 16 Days

#16 Kris Durham, WR
6-5, 200, Calhoun GA (Calhoun HS), Jr.
Durham was not highly recruited when he signed with Georgia in 2006, considering offers from Georgia Tech, Furman and Duke. He is proof positive of why you trust coaches' opinions over the rankings of a recruiting service. As a senior at Calhoun, Durham went over 1,000 yards receiving on the season with 14 touchdowns, and also happened to be named the Georgia Class AA Defensive Player of the Year as an outstanding safety (I remember watching him in the Dome for Calhoun in the State semifinals, and thinking he was actually a better looking defensive player than a wide receiver, although the fact that he was getting double teamed every time he lined up wideout might have had something to do with it. I noticed incredible instincts and a nose for the football.) After enrolling in UGA early in winter 2006, Durham was named one of UGA's Biggest Offensive Surprises after his first spring practice. He actually started 2 games as a true freshman, hauling in 8 receptions on the season. In 2007, he ended spring with an enormous G-Day, and then started 1 game the following season. His receiving totals improved slightly (11 catches, 169 yards), culminating with a career high 3 catches in the Sugar Bowl victory over Hawaii. Still without a touchdown in his career at UGA, expect that to change this year. He was named Most Improved Wide Receiver coming out of spring. He's now one of the veterans in the receiving corps.
Depth Chart Analysis: Durham will find himself very much in the rotation again this year. Currently listed as the #2 split end behind Kenneth Harris, he'll have to hold off a potentially healthy Tavarres King as the season wears on. The coaches love Durham's experience and work ethic, and he has one of the better sets of hands on the roster. Stafford loves to throw the 10-12 yard underneath route at Mach 3, and know that Durham has a good chance of hauling it in. Personally, I'd love to see Stafford go to him more, especially in the red zone. He has the size to be a weapon down there.


Anonymous said...

Easy Ed McCaffery part 2.

JJ said...

Anonymous @ 8:41 - exactly what I was thinking. Chris Doering also came to mind.

BayouDawg said...

UNO SEIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UNO SEIS will have 5 TDs this season.

Anonymous said...

jj - F*CK Chris Doering

JJ said...

Yeah I figured I'd get roasted for that. Sorry for the Doering reference. Hopefully Durham can do more than run corner routes and let fade passes hit him in the hands.