Georgia released it's Week 1 depth chart Tuesday and one name that popped up as a starter came as somewhat of a surprise - Ramik Wilson.
A true sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 234-pounder played sparingly as a true freshman, but assuming the Bulldogs start in their base package Saturday against Buffalo (12:21, SEC-TV), he'll be the team's starter at Sam linebacker.
"Basically, he'll play a lot of they are in base personnel. If they are spread out, that guy is usually out of the ball game," head coach Mark Richt said. "If they are in certain personnel groups he plays a good bit, and if they are spread out a bunch he might not play as much in that position anyway."
Wilson figures to at least start the first two games while junior Chase Vasser serves a two-game suspension following his arrest for DUI in Atlanta.
Freshman Josh Dawson is listed as the top backup to Wilson, who picked off a pass and recorded a sack in the G-Day game.
"We think (Wilson) is a very talented guy. He can play outside linebacker. We believe he can play inside linebacker as well," said Richt. "It's his second year in the system, and we just expect that we'll have a lot more productivity out of him. We like what he's done. He's been really good for Georgia."
Gates ready to protect Murray's "blindside"
Although he's certainly no stranger to starting, Saturday's contest will be the first for junior Kenarious Gates as Georgia's left tackle.
It's a job the mother of quarterback Aaron Murray jokingly advised Gates to take seriously.
"She was like, 'Take care of my son, now, you're his Blindside,'" Gates laughed, referring to the movie based upon the life of former Ole Miss and current Baltimore Raven offensive lineman Michael Oher.
"We joked about it," Gates continued. "I'm probably going to watch the movie again tonight, because it is my favorite."
Murray has no doubt that Gates will do just fine.
"My mom was just giving him a hard time but I'm excited about him," the quarterback said. "He's everything you want in a left tackle. He's a big kid, a strong kid, smart, arms like from here to the wall. I trust him just like I trust the rest of those guys up front."
King says Brown underrated
Marlon Brown is listed as the starter ahead of Michael Bennett at split end, but fellow senior Tavarres King is not surprised.
"The dude is ballin," King said of Brown. "He's just extremely consistent. He's doing everything that's asked of him - the running game, the passing game
he's attacking the ball when it's in the air. He's just looking like a well-rounded receiver right now. It's crazy the steps and strides he's made as a receiver."
That certainly bodes well for the Bulldogs, who will need all the capable hands they can get at the position, a main group that counts Brown, King, Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley and Bennett as their most dependable receivers now that Malcolm Mitchell is expected to see most of his time at cornerback, at least for the early part of the 2012 campaign.
Murray likes what he's seen.
"I think we look great compared to this time last year," he said. "I mentioned a couple of weeks ago regarding the no-huddle, that we're just moving more rapid, we're getting lined up faster, we're getting plays in faster and things are just smooth right now. Guys know what they're doing; I do not have to make a lot of calls. We're just executing."
Slip of the tongue for Murray
No, it wasn't intentional.
But when Murray was asked by reporters if he knew the mascot for Buffalo, all he could draw was a blank.
"It's the Bulls, I knew that, too," Murray said. "I don't know why I said that."
"I said the wrong one - Bison," Murray said, shaking his head. "I was like 'Man, nooooo.'"
The quarterback was asked if he knew the mascot for next week's opponent, Missouri.
"We'll figure that out next week. They're the Tigers," he said. "I guess I need to pay more attention to the cover sheets on the game-plan."
• "We still call him Ben's (Jones) little son. If he doesn't do something right we tell him we're calling his father." - Aaron Murray on sophomore David Andrews.
• "A couple of times, just trying to make sure he still has it
he's still got it," Tavarres King on how much time Malcolm Mitchell has seen on offense this preseason.
• "No one asks me how I'm doing. My hair is not a big issue anymore," Linebacker Christian Robinson on the numbers of times he's had to answer questions about Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree.
• "Who knows? That could be a beautiful thing, right? - John Jenkins on whether he and Kwame Geathers may be on the field at the same time.