Two days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Saturday. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.
2. Ramik Wilson
6-foot-2, 224 pounds
Fall forecast: Wilson has unquestionably impressed Georgia’s coaching staff this preseason -- as evidenced by his status as a starting outside linebacker on the depth chart for Saturday’s game against Buffalo. But don’t expect to see Wilson man that strongside linebacker spot all season. He can play both inside and outside linebacker and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham intends to use him in both capacities. The sophomore will get his first extensive playing time this season, helping diversify Georgia’s defensive looks with his versatility.
Career highlight: After not playing much as a freshman, Wilson began to catch his coaches’ eyes during spring practice in March. He was named the Bulldogs’ most improved defensive player at the end of spring practice.
Experience thus far: Wilson appeared in eight games last season and recorded four tackles.
Possible career impact: We’ve seen very little of Wilson thus far on scrimmage downs, but it is apparent Grantham has big plans for the sophomore. Grantham loves versatility, so Wilson’s ability to cover tight ends and running backs at strongside linebacker and to bolster the pass rush at inside linebacker will come in handy over the next couple of seasons. It’s far too early to designate him as one of Georgia’s next defensive stars, but it’s worth keeping an eye on Wilson this fall to determine whether stardom is a possibility down the road.