Around the Hedges in 80 Days: M. Deas

Sixty-two days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. 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.

62. Marc Deas

Sophomore, Safety

6-foot-1, 197 pounds

Fall forecast: Deas will have his work cut out if he wants to contribute beyond special teams and infrequent scrimmage downs this fall. He briefly quit the team during the spring and ended up as a third-team safety behind Bacarri Rambo and Connor Norman. Deas should have a greater chance to contribute early before Rambo returns, but will have to show a lot more consistency to become a regular in the secondary.

Career highlight: The most notable happening in Deas’ time at Georgia was the 12-day period that he spent away from the team considering a transfer. After quitting the team on March 30, he rejoined the Bulldogs on April 10, a few days before the annual G-Day game.

Experience thus far: The vast majority of Deas’ experience came on special teams last season. He finished with three tackles after appearing in all 14 games.

Possible career impact: Starting safeties Rambo and Shawn Williams are seniors so there will obviously be plenty of playing time available in 2013. It remains to be seen whether Deas will stake a claim on some of it or whether he will spend his entire career in a backup role.