Georgia football will open the season with 10 players on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List.
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy told DawgNation that all 475 players on the watch list were thoroughly vetted.
“We’ve evaluated more than 1,000 players and graded each one of them,” said Nagy, formerly an NFL scout with New England, Green Bay and Seattle.
“We’ve seen at least three games on all of the players, and every one of the players on the list deserve to be there.”
The Georgia football players on the Senior Bowl Watch List:
• K Rodrigo Blankenship
• WR Lawrence Cager
• DL Tyler Clark
• LB Tae Crowder
• RB Brian Herrien
• S J.R. Reed
• DT Julian Rochester
• WR Tyler Simmons
• TE Charlie Woerner
• TE Eli Wolf
Nagy said Cager was on the Senior Bowl radar even before his transfer to Georgia.
“A lot of it is based off the people we were talking to at Miami and what they thought of him, we saw him at practice, we saw some tape on him, he’s a big, long pass catcher, you put the ball up, he can make athletic plays,” Nagy told DawgNation last month in Hoover, Ala. “The biggest thing for Lawrence is just staying healthy. He should have a huge opportunity this year with so many receivers leaving Georgia and Jake Fromm a quarterback.”
Nagy is also high on senior safety J.R. Reed, saying he would have been invited last year as a junior who had graduated had he chosen to turn pro.
“We took a look at J.R. last year, we got word that he might be coming out as junior and he had graduated, so he would have been eligible for the Senior Bowl,” Nagy said. “He’s a really intriguing player, he’s got some versatility, so we like that.
“Charlie Woerner at tight end is another guy. Georgia has had a nice lineage of tight ends, I was at New England wth Ben Watson and he was a pretty good one.”
Cornerback Deandre Baker elected to skip the Sugar Bowl and the Senior Bowl, wanting to make sure he avoided injury.
Outside linebacker D’Andre Walker accepted his Senior Bowl invitation, but while training, he discovered the need for sports hernia surgery.
Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter and long snapper Nick Moore were the two Bulldogs to represent UGA in the all-star game last January.