Saturday, May 30, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 98 Days (#98 Ricardo Crawford)

#98 Ricardo Crawford, DT
6-1, 304, Fair Bluff NC (West Columbus HS), RS Jr.

Crawford came to UGA 3 years ago from NC, labeled with the always intriguing "sleeper prospect" tag as a defensive lineman. He enrolled at UGA early, and given his college-ready size, many thought he might be ready to play as a true freshman. He wound up redshirting, then appearing in only 5 games as a sophomore. Before the 2008 season, he was named Most Improved Defensive Lineman coming out of spring, but failed to carry that through the following season, some of which has been attributed to nagging injuries.

Depth Chart Analysis: After wrist surgery in January, Crawford did participate in spring drills and appears ready to jump into the rotation this year. He has a good shot to be the backup to Geno Atkins at nose guard. At a position that always seems to have its share of injuries, and one that is already fairly thin for the Dawgs, Crawford needs to have a solid season this year.

Notable #98s in UGA history: LB Wally Tereshinski, DT Darius Swain

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