Georgia Bulldogs 5 Biggest Surprise Players of 2014

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Oct 18, 2014; Little Rock, AR, USA; Georgia Bulldogs safety

Quincy Mauger

(20) is tackled by Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver

Demetrius Wilson

(85) after an interception by Mauger at War Memorial Stadium. Georgia defeated Arkansas 45-32. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Free Safety, Quincy Mauger (Sophomore) –  Cornerback, Dominick Sanders (Freshman)

We had to include these two as a tandem. For a secondary that was supposed to be the weakest in the conference coming into the game, the Georgia pass defense is now ranked 13th in the nation, and much of it is due to the play of these two young men.

Mauger is rumored to now haunt Missouri QB Maty Mauk in his sleep, and he’s basically going to be every quarterback’s worst nightmare in the coming seasons. The sophomore has three interceptions for the season, two of which came during the Mizzou game. His ability to read the offense is something that Georgia’s defense has needed desperately. Another young and pleasant surprise for the Georgia defense under Pruitt’s system.

Sanders has been a huge surprise, even to his defensive coach, Jeremy Pruitt, who has been raving about Sanders as each week passes. He has an interception, four passes defended, and even half a sack. Not bad for an unheralded freshman on a no-name secondary.