10 players whose stock improved this spring

semerson@macon.comApril 13, 2014 

Quarterback Faton Bauta (10) during Georgia's annual G-Day game at Sanford Stadium.

JOHN KELLEY — John Kelley / UGA Sports Communi

Ten Georgia players who are set to leave spring practice in much better position than they started it (ranked in order of current projection for impact this season):

10. WR Clay Johnson: There always seems room for at least one walk-on in Georgia’s receiver rotation, and Johnson comes from the same high school (Calhoun) as a previous one (Rhett McGowan).

9. CB Aaron Davis: Yes, he’s possibly just a nice spring story. But he had a good G-Day, and if you don’t think a walk-on can start on Georgia’s defense, Connor Norman says hi.

8. OLB Davin Bellamy: Bellamy played so well that defensive coaches are going to try to find a way to get him on the field, despite the presence of Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins.

7. QB Faton Bauta: His G-Day performance probably gives him a slight edge on Brice Ramsey for the No. 2 quarterback job, at least heading into the summer.

6. DE James DeLoach: While he might be facing suspension over the double-dipping arrest, DeLoach flourished this spring after Jeremy Pruitt moved him from outside linebacker.

5. WR Reggie Davis: The speedster was already set to be one of the members of the rotation, but he formed a rapport with Mason this spring, something to watch this season.

4. CB J.J. Green: There was a danger Green would fall behind after shifting over from tailback, but instead he gained a first-team role at the star position.

3. G Greg Pyke: The Maryland native came from far back to grab one of the starting guard spots, helping solidify the offensive line.

2. CB Damian Swann: One of the symbols of the problems of last year’s defense, Swann earned Pruitt’s confidence, and was the only secondary player to stay on first team.

1. QB Hutson Mason: Keeping his starting job wasn’t the issue. But his performance in spring scrimmages should give fans a lot more encouragement about the state of the offense this season.

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