Saturday, August 8, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 28 Days (#28 Israel Troupe)

#28 Israel Troupe, WR
6-1, 210, Tifton GA (Tift County HS), RS Soph.

Troupe picked a football career at UGA over a potential pro baseball career (he was picked in the 31st round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.) After a redshirt in his first season in Athens, he played sparingly in every game of the 2008 season, catching 4 passes for 39 yards on the year. It seems like he's been at UGA for longer than 2+ seasons, but the truth is that he is still a very young player that will have alot more time to develop as a receiver. A good spring and 5 passes caught in the G-Day game are a good sign heading into this year. Troupe is a talented athlete that will have a shot to make an impact. He's got one of the better blends of size and speed of any WR on the UGA roster. Lots of potential here.

Depth Chart Analysis: Troupe is going to be right in the middle of the rotation to start the year. With Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten expected to play alot (not to mention UGA's versatile tight ends having the ability to split out wide), it could get difficult for him to get in a rhythm on the field. He'll start out the year behind AJ Green and Mike Moore at flanker, but he can (and probably will) also line up on the other side of the field as needed.

Other famous #28s in UGA history: OL Herb St. John, KR Jimmy Campagna, RB Danny Ware

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