Transfer Players Making A Big Impact At UGA
Georgia has had success pursuing transfers and JUCOs over the years, and the current crop of incoming upperclassmen may be the best of all time.
Looking back, several transfers were instrumental in the success of the Dawgs. Safety Jeff Sanchez came to the Dawgs from the California JUCO ranks in 1982, earning consensus all-American honors in 1984 for the 3rd-ranked Bulldogs.
Terrell Davis was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After Long Beach State shut down its football program, Terrell Davis transferred to Georgia and led the Bulldogs in rushing in 1993.
JUCO defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins was a huge addition to the team in 2011. Also that year, linebacker Jarvis Jones joined Georgia from Southern California, becoming a Bulldog all-time great and 2x all-American.
Graduate transfer Greyson Lambert came to Georgia via Virginia, earning the starting position in 2015. Also in 2015, Jake Ganus transferred to Georgia after UAB discontinued football. Ganus led the Dawgs in tackles and was named defensive most valuable player that season.
Last year, Alabama graduate transfer Maurice Smith came to Athens and also was awarded the team’s defensive most valuable player award. Smith had the defense’s signature play of the year….the Pick 6 against Auburn to secure the victory.
This season, transfers are expected to make significant contributions. Following are the five most prominent transfers:
J.R. Reed, Safety
Th 6’1″, 200- pound sophomore safety was a three-star athlete in Plano, Texas. After signing with Tulsa and playing in all 13 games as a freshman, he transferred to Georgia. Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out last season and is currently practicing as the first team-safety and seeing time at the Star position.
Ahkil Crumpton, Receiver/Punt Returner
Crumpton was a late addition to the Dawgs. He transferred to Georgia in July from Los Angeles Valley Community College where he was a dynamic playmaker as a wideout and returning punts. Crumpton is exceptionally fast and has been seeing action as a punt returner, kickoff returner and slot receiver.
D’Marcus Hayes, Tackle
At 6’6″, 320 pounds, the nation’s No. 2 JUCO offensive tackle in the 2017 class has the size Georgia is seeking. Recruited from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hayes has shown potential but according to his coaches, lacked consistency. “He’s in there. He’s still catching up with the speed of the game,” Smart said of Hayes. “He shows flashes. Some practices you’re like, ‘man that kid looks good.'”
Cameron Nizialek, Punter
I believe the last Ivy Leaguer to transfer to Georgia was Yale’s Abraham Baldwin, the founder of UGA, in 1786. Another Ivy League graduate, Columbia’s Cameron Nizialek, is leading the punting battle in fall practice.
David Marvin, Place Kicker
Kicker David Marvin from Charlotte, NC is another graduate transfer. Marvin was a four-year starter at Wofford and holds most of the Terriers’ kicking records. He has a powerful and accurate leg and is battling incumbent kicker Rodrigo Blankenship for the starting position.
(Photo: UGA Athletics: Steve Colquitt)