Freshman Update: Vance Cuff

ATHENS - In the weeks leading up to Georgia's fall camp, Vance Cuff didn't even know if he'd be allowed into Georgia, much less play.

But he did get into school. And he did play. Even seeing a fair amount of time on the field in Georgia's 35-14 win over Oklahoma State. Since then however, not so much.

So what has Cuff been up to?

"I've been helping the team out a lot on special teams, playing a little corner against Western Carolina," he said. "Other than that I've just been playing a little special teams."

Despite the decrease in playing time, Cuff's aware that he's fortunate to even be seeing the field. He's only one of five freshman from Georgia's 2007 recruiting class that is not destined for a redshirt season.

Said Cuff: "I just know since I'm one of the freshmen that's playing I've got to work that much harder in the weight room and on the field. I'm trying to work hard – it's a privilege to actually play my first year so I feel like I need to work a little harder."

Cuff also said that learning from a teacher like Willie Martinez, who coaches the secondary in addition to his duties as coordinator, is another reason he's glad to be at Georgia.

"He knows his stuff. He knows scheme. He's a good coach. That's why, whatever he tells me to do, I know I'm going to do it. I know he knows what he's doing. I'm comfortable with whatever he tells me to do."

And while biding his time for an increased role with the defense, Cuff does the most he can with the opportunities he's given. Part of that includes the kickoff coverage unit. It's not necessarily the most glamorous task, but for Cuff, running down the field to the screams of 92,000 Georgia fans makes it all worthwhile.

"That's a feeling I wouldn't trade for anything," he said. "That's why I came to Athens, why I came to Georgia – because of the program and to be a part of the Bulldog Nation."


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