Sunday, May 31, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 97 Days (#97 Brandon Wood)

#97 Brandon Wood, DT
6-1, 275, Buchanan GA (Haralson County HS), Jr.

After a terrific high school career in Georgia Class 4A, Wood was widely considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the country, and was an ESPN Top 150 selection. He committed to the Dawgs early and big things have been expected since. To date, his career has not quite lived up to expectations for a number of different reasons, most of which have been injury-related. After his redshirt season in 2006, he was forced to sit out spring drills in 2007 while he recovered from shoulder surgery. He played in 6 games that season, recording only one tackle. Last season, after serving a suspension from an offseason incident, he saw action in 10 games, recording 11 tackles and an impressive 9 QB hurries in limited action. Unfortunately, he endured further shoulder and wrist surgery this past offseason and missed another spring. However, he is expected to be ready to roll for fall practice.

Depth Chart Analysis: The Dawgs desperately need Wood (or any other backup defensive lineman) to step up and have a big season. He has great athletic ability and alot of potential, but never has been able to put it all together at once. Maybe this will be the year, if he can stay healthy. Expecting him to be solidly in the rotation at DT would not be too much to ask.

Other famous #97s in UGA history: LB Keith Hall, DT Marcus Stroud, DT Kedric Golston


Anonymous said...

looking for a monster year from this guy-if our D-Line and O-Line can avoid the injury bug this year-i see a season very similar to Alabama's last year

Rockdawg97 said...

Here come da B-Train. Lokking for great things in 2010. Still want that tooth! lol