When the Georgia Bulldogs snagged JUCO wide receiver Jonathon Rumph for the 2013 class, it was significant because he was perceived to be a needed addition on a team primed to lose two veteran receivers in Marlon Brown and Tavarres King, and mired in uncertainty with regard to returning options Michael Bennett (rehabbing from an ACL injury) and Malcolm Mitchell (still dealing with lingering hamstring issues).
That said, Rumph’s size, speed, and playmaking ability have made him an attractive sleeper on an offense that looks more confident by the day—with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall at running back and a more experienced offensive line to protect Aaron Murray—and despite the lack of print he’s generated since the G-Day game this past April, some feel he could end up being one of the most valuable players on the field this season.
There is a ton of buzz in Athens about the newcomers on defense, but Rumph showed in the spring he might be a first-year MVP candidate for the Bulldogs. Rumph had 98 yards and two touchdowns in the “G-Day” scrimmage.
The seventh-ranked prospect in RecruitingNation’s juco rankings last season, Rumph is a big target at 6-5, 208 pounds. If Malcolm Mitchell, Aaron Murray‘s top returning receiver, is at all slowed after minor knee surgery, Rumph could take on a bigger role for the team’s early-season gauntlet of Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. (Travis Haney, ESPN)
While I do not disagree with Haney on Rumph’s potential as an impact player, if both Mitchell and Bennett perform as expected, and Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome do what they should, Rumph’s role will be more contributory than all-consuming—especially if Chris Conley makes his presence felt more this season.
Either way, it’s nice to know the Bulldogs have options on offense; that’s never a bad thing.