What we learned from Spring: Rover

Georgia spring practice concluded with its annual G-Day game. Here is a look at the Rovers:

Greg Blue's ability to make a big hit is still there its just that he has worked on defending the pass so much that he no longer takes a big chance on making the big hit. That's a good thing for Georgia's secondary.

The Atlanta native has made some huge hits in the last few seasons but now he has become a more balanced secondary player. He is much better at defending the pass than he was a few years ago, which will help him make the transition to professional football, and it seems that he has grown up a lot off of the field as well.

Blue and Thomas Davis form one of the hardest hitting secondaries in the country but there is not much experienced depth behind them at either safety position. Blue has been hurt in the past so should make some Georgia fans nervous.

Behind Blue there are several younger players, the most talented being Tra Battle. Battle stepped up during the Clemson game in 2003 as a walk on true freshman. He will get the bulk of the work with the 2nd team unit in the fall and could get some time in nickel and dime situations. Like Blue, Battle is a special teams player.

Key to this position:

Blue needs to continue playing the ball when it's in the air. His ball skills are not as good as the other starters in the secondary but that is something that he has been working on.

Depth chart shuffle:

None. Blue is the starter with Battle backing him up and Chris Burgett at the number three spot.

2004 Prediction:

Blue might be the surprise early departure for the NFL. Georgia seems to have a junior leave each year that leaves some scratching their head. This year it might be Blue.

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