Dean's List 2013 Surprise Players #1

Dean Legge counts down his top five Georgia players who will surprise during the 2013 season.

1. Mike Thornton

Yes. I am skeptical. But I can't have it both ways. If everyone won't shut up about Mike Thornton then I have to pass it along. Smaller and perhaps more stout than his predecessors, Thornton is going to take over the #1 nose spot for the Bulldogs... at least at the start of fall camp.

Off the record offensive linemen will tell you that Thornton is more difficult to deal with than his predecessors. Perhaps Thornton uses his pad level better – leverage is a killer in football. Georgia's most recent noses were massive, but were tall. And when tall gets tired it stands up and gets plowed.

Make no mistake – Thornton is not the NFL prospect John Jenkins or even Kwame Geathers was, but won't have to be in 2013. He will just have to go as hard a possible for the snaps he will be in for – after that he will be rotated out. That may make it seem like he's better than he really is, but that's OK, too.

Keep your eye on Thornton, its hard to believe that a player who has done virtually nothing for three years would surprise right at the end, but a Ken Veal-like season from Thornton would probably go a long way in getting the Dawgs back to Atlanta.

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