Ray Drew started to live up to the lofty praise and immense potential that preceded his arrival in Athens as a former blue-chip recruit of the Georgia Bulldogs last season giving fans in Athens reason to believe that he could be a double-digit sack performer in 2014.
However, Drew didn’t have the breakthrough spring that many had hoped after tying for the team lead with six sacks a season ago and was a in a backup role throughout much of spring practice, but Bulldogs defensive line coach Tracy Rocker tells The Telegraph that Georgia fans need not worry.
“No, I just think he’s a little beat up,” Rocker said. “I think Ray’s gonna be fine. Ray is gonna peak at the right time for us. So I don’t worry. Ray has played in a lot of games for us, so I’m expecting him … He will be a factor for us in the fall.”
The former No. 2 strong-side defensive end out of Thomas County Central in Thomasville, Ga. and the No. 18 recruit in the nation may never experience the superstardom that was envisioned for him, but at 6-5, 276-pounds he has the size, length, strength and experience to be a nice player on the edge for Georgia.
Drew’s presence should help sophomore outside linebacker Leonard Floyd make a significant step in his development and be the double-digit sack artist in this defense. If Drew can make an impact on the box score and do the little things to help his teammates, Rocker will be correct and Drew will be a big factor for the Dawgs this fall.