New Bulldogs Sprinkled on Two-Deep

ATHENS - The way the quarterbacks shook out on the Georgia depth chart got the most attention this week, but here’s one other big takeaway from the Bulldogs two-deep: True freshmen are all over it.

Coach Mark Richt expects at least 10 first-year players to get on the field Saturday in the opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

The three top backups at wide receiver are all rookies: Terry Godwin, Michael Chigbu and Jayson Stanley.

“They’ve got to be ready to play,” wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said. “We have a young group so the freshmen will be playing.”

Said Richt: “The bottom line is we need help. If we’re going to play a lot of three receiver sets, which we do and if we’re going to try to play with some type of up tempo, which we will be able to do. We need to have at least six, I would say seven, eight, nine guys that are very capable or being plugged in and being able to play. It just so happens that we’re young at that receiver position other than the top three.

Those three are Mitchell, Isaiah McKenzie and Reggie Davis.

“We’re going to have inexperienced guys whether it’s true freshmen or just other guys that haven’t played a lot,” Richt said of the 6-foot, 192-pound Nashville product. “Ready or not, here we go on some of those guys. Some of them have been flat out performing where we’ve got to get them in there.”

Four freshmen are also listed on the two-deep in the secondary.

That includes Rico McGraw who is co-No. 1 with Malkom Parrish at one corner spot. McGraw has also worked at the star position.

“He’s a talented guy, no doubt,” Richt said. “He’s got good size, good speed and athleticism. You’ve got to have a certain level of maturity to compete that young. He takes it very seriously. He works very hard at it. He’s definitely going to help us.”

Three other freshmen are listed as No. 2 at their positions in the secondary: cornerback Juwuan Briscoe, and safeties Jonathan Abram and Jarvis Wilson.

“Just great competitors,” Richt said. “They are who we thought they were as far as athletes and guys that have the skill-set. …They’re going to grow as they go, but we do believe we have the right guys here.”

Five-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson is listed as co-no. 2 at defensive tackle with James Deloach behind John Atkins.

Freshman DaQuan Hawkins is co-No. 2 at nose guard.

“Just a blue collar guy who just loves to work,” defensive end Josh Dawson said.


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