Some tough news today out of UGA spring practice.
Sources have told DawgsCentral that TE Pearce Spurlin will miss the rest of spring practice with an injury to the collar bone. Spurlin is a true freshman who joined the Bulldogs as an early enrollee in December.
Spurlin missed time during his senior season of high-school after having shoulder surgery during the 2022 off-season. At 6’6” 240-pounds, Spurlin was ranked as the #2 TE in the 2023 recruiting class and came to Georgia after a decorated career at South Walton High-School in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Spurlin’s injury puts more importance on the development of rising sophomore Oscar Delp, who played important snaps in Darnell Washington’s place during Georgia’s victory over Ohio State in the semifinals of the 2022 CFP. Late last week, sources told DawgsCentral that true freshman midyear enrollee Lawson Luckie has impressed through the first week of Georgia’s spring practice. With Spurlin out for spring, Luckie is likely to see more reps in practices.
Georgia’s offense ran more plays from 12 Personnel (two TE) sets than any P5 program besides Utah during its national championship season in 2022. The combination of Brock Bowers and Washington created a near constant personnel dilemma for opposing defensive coordinators. With Washington gone to the NFL Draft, young tight-ends like Delp, Luckie, and Spurlin will have to grow up quickly this offseason for UGA to continue having success with its multiple tight-end formations.
Stay tuned to DawgsCentral for the latest info on UGA spring practices.