Newcomers Shine for Dawgs

ATHENS - Three more true freshmen made their Georgia debuts Saturday.

Wide receiver Shakenneth Williams had a 35-yard catch on his first snap on a pass from Hutson Mason in the second quarter. Also playing for the first time: cornerbacks Shaq Jones and Malkom Parrish.

It came on a day when freshmen Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie combined for four touchdowns.

“They just amp us up,” Rico Johnson said. “We all came in together. It just gets us going.”

Johnson forced a fumble in the first half. Jones broke up a deep ball in second quarter.

Twelve true freshmen in all have now played for Georgia. The others: Sanders, tailback Nick Chubb, outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, tight end Jeb Blazevich and offensive linemen Isaiah Wynn and Dyshon Sims.

Chubb wore a sizeable club cast on his left hand after surgery Monday for a broken thumb.

He came on for the first time late in the second quarter and Georgia got a penalty for too many men on the field. He finished with 10 rushing yards on four carries.

Blazevich got his first career start Saturday. He had two catches for 26 yards.   This and that  

Saturday’s game marked the second shutout for Jeremy Pruitt in his second season as a defensive coordinator. Florida State beat Maryland 63-0 last season. It was Georgia’s first shutout since 38-0 against Auburn in 2012.  

Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley hasn’t played yet this season in three games. He appeared to be full-speed in practice this week after having an ankle injury. Asked if he was available health-wise or was still being disciplined after a marijuana arrest last fall, Richt said: “He’s getting there. He’s getting there.”

Troy starting quarterback Brandon Silvers missed the game after sustaining a concussion against Abilene Christian last week.

Other players making their Georgia debuts Saturday included outside linebacker Davin Bellamy, tight end Jordan Davis, quarterback Brice Ramsey, defensive back Reggie Wilkerson, defensive lineman A.J. McDonald and cornerback Tristan Askew.

The 45 first-half points were the most for Georgia since scoring a school record 49 agasinst New Mexico State in 2011.

Troy running backs coach Jeff Beckles chatted pregame on the field with Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon and support staff members John Eason and Dave Van Halanger. Beckles was a G.A. at Georgia in 2002 and 2004-05.

Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis was recognized on the field during the game.


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