Fellow junior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera got the nod from the Georgia coaches.
“Ramik obviously had more tackles and Ramik statistically had a better year, not by a lot,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday. “That’s part of the reason Ramik was first-team SEC, but Amarlo is the signal caller, Amarlo has a lot of responsibility to get guys lined up and communicate a lot of things and led well. That’s part of it, too. Because of Amarlo’s extra responsibilities and the way he played and the way he led in the summer was a big part of it as well.”
Wilson leads the SEC with 128 tackles. Herrea is second with 107.
Herrera doesn’t take issue with Wilson getting a spot on the All-SEC first-team.
“It didn’t surprise me, because I knew what he had been doing all year and how hard he worked this offseason,” Herrera said. “I was happy to see him get it. When you lead the SEC in tackles, they have to give you that title.”
Tailback Todd Gurley said defensive lineman Garrison Smith and Herrera should have also made All-SEC. He wouldn’t have removed Wilson for Herrera either.
“I would put both of them on there,” Gurley said,
Wilson practiced at outside linebacker before last spring and didn’t get much playing time before this season.
“My gut was we weren’t seeing the best of Ramik,” Richt said. “I quite frankly thought he was a little bored. He wasn’t playing as much as he’d like to play, he had some special teams, he played here and there, but I had a feeling that once he got into a starting role, he was really going to perk up and start playing and practicing with more of a purpose.”
Terry works on defense
Has Georgia found future help for its struggling secondary from its offense?
Freshman Tramel Terry, a receiver up to this point for the Bulldogs, worked strictly with the safeties early in practice on Monday during the portion open to the media. At one point he was getting instruction from junior safety Corey Moore.
No word yet if that’s just a look-see during Gator bowl practices or an intended permanent move.
The 6-foot-, 184-pound Terry is redshirting this season after sustaining a torn ACL in his left knee in a high school all-star game.
Georgia coach Mark Richt has called South Carolina’s 2012 Mr. Football “a very multi-talented guy,” but that was thought to be as receiver or running back for the Goose Creek product.
Richt on Saturday said Terry is “a very good athlete,” but didn’t mention a position switch. Richt will next be available to address Terry at defensive back on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, safety Shaquille Fluker was not at practice on Monday and an announcement of a transfer could be coming this week.
The junior college transfer was away from the team to return to his home in Meridian, Miss., near the end of the regular season. He has not played this season. He’s been listed on the injury report during the season with an undisclosed illness.
Big weekend for Norman
Being named one of four Georgia permanent captains and an MVP for special teams weren’t the biggest things to happen to Connor Norman Saturday night.
After Georgia’s team gala at the Classic City, Norman walked longtime girlfriend Hannah Drum to the UGA chapel, where he popped the question and got engaged.
"It was funny because I was pretty much thinking about that the whole night," Norman said.
Drum, a 2012 UGA graduate, and Norman attended the same church back home in Duluth.
“We’ve been dating for seven years,” Norman said.
Norman, a former walk-on, is starting physical therapy school in August in Nashville, Tenn.
This and that
Count Georgia cornerback Damian Swann as back for his senior season. Swann seemed like a possibility to make the jump to the NFL entering the year, but had a rough first-half of the season. He said he didn’t even ask for information from the NFL draft advisory committee “because I don’t think I was successful as I was last year.” Junior receiver Chris Conley indicated he isn't thinking much about leaving after this season for the NFL. He spoke more Monday about the Star Wars fan film he’s working on. Filming is pegged to start next month in Athens.
Defensive lineman Garrison Smith (ankle) practiced in a regular jersey on Monday. “I’m going to go 100 percent today,” Smith said before practice. “The last practice (on Saturday) was actually the first practice I had cleats on again so you’ve just go to get used to it.”
Walk-on outside linebacker Matthew Stagg has left the team, according to a team spokesman. Stagg was arrested in Athens earlier this month and charged with three misdemeanors including underage possession/furnishing alcohol and having an expired license. He did not play in a game this season.