Rumph says he's fine with burning his redshirt

semerson@macon.comNovember 6, 2013 

MACON TELEGRAPH

ATHENS - It took until the eighth game of the season for Jonathon Rumph to finally see the field, and when he did he didn't even have a pass thrown his way.

So the junior college transfer officially has the redshirt off, though to what purpose remains to be seen. Georgia has four more games remaining, at least in the regular season.

"I could've redshirted. But the team is in need right now, so I'm gonna do what I need for my team," Rumph. "I'm in a blessed situation. A million people would rather be in my position, to play football. I'm just blessed to play football, so I'm just happy to be playing."

Rumph's right hamstring has been the culprit behind not playing. But with so many other receivers suffering long-term injuries - ACLs to Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley, shorter-term injuries to Michael Bennett and Chris Conley - the decision was made to use Rumph rather than save one of his two seasons of eligibility.

"We don't consider it burning his redshirt," head coach Mark Richt said. "We consider that he's been working towards getting ready to play. I would say if a guy's healthy his entire season then all of a sudden you decide to play him for no good reason that would be burning a redshirt. But if you have a lot of injuries at a certain position or if a guy's been injured himself and trying to get in a position to play, I don't look at it that way."

Rumph said the healthiest he's felt was last week, leading up to the Florida game. He also felt good prior to Georgia's third game, against North Texas, but suffered a setback.

He finally got on the field Saturday at Florida, estimating he saw about 10 snaps. Quarterback Aaron Murray didn't look his way, but Rumph remained upbeat.

"If you're a receiver, you always want a pass. But when I went in I did what I had to do for my team, and that's all it really was," he said. "I just tried to block hard and do what I can for my team."

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