Dean's List: 2014 True Freshmen

Dean Legge counts down his top five incoming true freshmen who will impact the 2014 season.

1. Sony Michel

Someone is going to have to step up to provide depth at running back in 2014, and Michel is positioned to be that player. With good vision and decent speed, Michel will have to adapt to life in the SEC, which seems to come easiest to running backs more than any other position. Still, Michel will have to beat out several running backs, including fellow signee Nick Chubb, in order to get the snaps needed to make an impact.

2. Lorenzo Carter

Pass rushers are always great to have, and Lorenzo Carter can rush the passer. I expect Carter to play, but I don't get the feeling that he will start – at least I don't feel like that right now. Check back in a few years – Carter should be an All-SEC player for Georgia. He's more developed in terms of technique than many folks entering the SEC because of the factory that is Gwinnett County football. But Carter will still grow some physically in the future, and that could make a huge difference in two years. With that said, Carter could make a play here and there in 2014 – so stay tuned for that.

3. Nick Chubb

No running back coming into the SEC is more physically ready to take the pounding of playing running back in the league like Nick Chubb is. Chubb isn't Todd Gurley – just because guys are big and can run don't make them the same in terms of production. But Chubb is mature mentally and physically, and that will help him fight his way onto the field in 2014. He could redshirt, but that is yet to be seen. My guess is that he will play in 2014 – and I will be eager to see what he can do. He already has the physique to deal with the body blows that come with playing running back in the best conference in college football. What we need to see, and this is for every young player, is if he can run effectively when everyone is the same size as he is – my guess is that he can.

4. Malkom Parrish

This South Georgia kid is a baller. Parrish played quarterback for his high school team, which I love because that shows he has athleticism and ball skills. He's a fighter who led his team to the state semifinals after an unthinkable tragedy took teammates before the start of the season. He showed out at the 2013 Mark Richt Camp, and I saw all I needed to see – the kid can play.

5. Jeb Blazevich

Blazevich better be ready to play in 2014 because he will be doing just that. He will be the #3 tight end when he steps on campus. That means he's going to be in on jumbo sets in short-yardage situations and will be in on a lot of special teams. Ready or not Blazevich – your time is here.


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