“I wouldn’t say anything is ever permanent, but the plan is to be there,” Richt said.
The 6-foot, 184-pound freshman, South Carolina’s “Mr. Football,” in 2012 out of Goose Creek High School, switched from wide receiver at the start of bowl practices.
“He’s got a good body-type for that,” Richt said. “We thought it would be good for him. He was all for it. So that’s what we’re doing.”
Terry is redshirting this year after sustaining a torn ACL in a high school all-star game last winter.
Georgia had talked to him out of high school about playing a Percy Harvin-type role as a receiver/running back, but Richt said Terry also played a lot of defense growing up and likes that as well.
Richt said the defensive coaches who saw Terry on the scout team liked what they saw out of him and were “kind of coveting him, kind of playfully recruiting him a little bit.”
Eventually, Richt asked them if they were serious about wanting him. They said they were.
Now, they’ve got him.
“Tramel is a football player,” safety Corey Moore said. “I feel like you can put a football player at any position. He’s an aggressive-type guy. He still has work to do.”
Moore said Terry “is eager to learn. …One thing I noticed is he was really physical coming in that first day. That was big.”
Richt said the move for Terry wasn’t related to safety Shaquille Fluker leaving the program to transfer.
As far as any other position changes, Richt said “right now there’s nothing cooking.”
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is already “about as close as you can get to an outside linebacker,” when he plays the star nickel back position, Richt said, but going up against bigger tight ends in the base defense at outside linebacker isn’t a good matchup.
“I don’t think he’s an inside linebacker,” Richt said. “We’ll watch his body grow a little bit.”
LB Wilson weighing NFL decision
SEC leading tackler Ramik Wilson said he hasn’t asked for a projection from the NFL draft underclassmen advisory committee, but the junior hasn’t made up his mind about returning for his final season.
“I don’t know yet,” Wilson said. “I’m still talking it over.”
The first-team All-SEC selection said a big influence will be Kirk Olivadotti, his position coach who coached in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.
“He’s like a father figure to me,” said Wilson, who has 128 tackles and four sacks this year in his first season starting. “He’s going to help me make the best decision for me. …He’s been in the NFL for a long time and scouted guys so he knows. I trust him and me and him will make the right decision.”
If Wilson stays, Georgia could avoid losing any underclassmen to the NFL draft.
“I’m not hearing a lot of buzz about it right now,” Richt said. “I think guys feel like they’ve got more to prove. I’m hearing a good vibe about what the guys feel about the future of next season. …I get a sense that guys really want to have an exceptional year next year, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”
Richt: Georgia had `best interes at heart' with Fluker
tA day after Georgia confirmed that Fluker has left the program and intended to transfer, Richt addressed the situation for the first time.
Fluker cited a lack of playing time as the reason behind the move. He had not played this season after he said he suffered a seizure this fall due to dehydration.
“I can’t comment on any medical situation, but everybody wants to play more obviously,” Richt said. “I hope wherever he goes, he gets to play. I hope he finds a good home. I like him a lot, he’s a good kid. I’m very confident we had his best interest at heart the entire time he was at Georgia and we treated him well. There are things that can’t be mentioned that are private, but I’m very confident that we treated him well and I’m glad he’s going to find a new home, hopefully find a good one.”
This and that
Richt said the kickoff return and punt return jobs are "going to be very wide open in the spring.” Terry would be “a good candidate,” at kick returner, Richt said. …Richt on Clarke Central product Adam Erickson who has been Georgia’s punter the past two games “He’s won the punting job,” Richt said.
Reserve quarterback Christian LeMay wasn’t at practice Wednesday. Richt said he’ll return to practice on Friday.
Defensive lineman Garrison Smith was limited from contact Wednesday with a sprained ankle. Cornerback Shaq Wiggins was listed as being limited from contact due to a concussion after being listed as having an illness on Tuesday.