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.
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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.