2009 Fall Camp: Five Things on the Freshmen

ATHENS – Dean Legge's opinions and observations from Georgia's fall camp.

1. It is hard to think of a freshman who will have more of an impact than Orson Charles. What I mean by that is that Charles will be used, in my view, a number of spots. Charles will be used on special teams, at tight end and probably at other playmaking positions on the offensive side of the ball. I was talking with someone the other day and said that I thought Charles might already be one of the top 15 players at Georgia right now. That could be getting ahead of things, but Charles has looked solid to me so far. I still expect him to start a game at some position this season. I wouldn't be stunned to see the Dawgs open up with a two-tight end set against Oklahoma State, but we will see. You get the ball to the playmakers… Charles is up that list (but he needs to improve route running according to his head coach).

2. Branden Smith can run like the wind. He may be a little easier to spot this fall than most other freshmen because he plays on the outside and in spots, like punt and kick return, where it is easy to spot someone. Willie Martinez is not hiding that Smith is going to play. On day one Smith was used in heavy rotation at corner – although he was not the starter. Vance Cuff is moving in and out at nickleback, but Smith could get a look there, too. The point is that competition is pretty fierce with the corners as Georgia has some good ones right now. Still, I expect Smith's name to be called over the PA system at Sanford Stadium soon.

3. This is where things get a little harder for the freshmen. Smith and Charles are a little ahead of where some other guys are at their positions, but I would bet that Rantavious Wooten is going to have a good look at the field this fall, too. Some of that has to do with the fact that Wooten is a different sort of weapon for the Dawgs. He's a pretty good at catching the ball (which is more than a little important at receiver). Also, Wooten is pretty shifty. I don't think he will start this season, but expect to see him in the rotation – after all there are only so many receivers at Georgia right now and Wooten gives them something different.

4. Montez Robinson is a player who I thought had a pretty good first practice… but it is hard as a true freshman to keep that up. Robinson certainly has the physical make up to play in the SEC – now. What remains to be seen is if he will be able to string every nuance that goes with playing defensive end. People think all you do at defensive end is rush the quarterback – if only it were that simple; you also have to do this thing called stopping the run, which is rather important. That's why it is harder to know if Robinson will make as big a splash as I think he is capable of making this fall. I just don't know what he's going to look like in pads with legit running backs and offensive tackles in front of him. Beating a second or third teamer is one thing – whipping Clint Boling and Trinton Sturdivant is quite another.

5. I am not sure where to go with my list spot here, so I will mention a couple of guys. I didn't expect Marlon Brown to be so big. I think he might have the most potential of anyone playing receiver at Georgia not named A.J. Green. He will play this fall, but I am interested to see how he is used because Brown and Green look a lot alike, so you would think that means their game is similar. Artie Lynch might be the best looking traditional tight end at Georgia in terms of his body, but he needs to work on catching the ball every time. Lynch, with Charles and Aron White, probably gives Georgia the best or close to the best tight ends in the SEC. Chase Vasser came into came ready – that is certain. I wonder if he has been motivated by a lot of talk about him getting such an early scholarship offer from Georgia. He looks much more like a man than he did one year ago. Derick Lott is further along at defensive tackle than Abry Jones is. Mike Gilliard and Shawn Williams are both getting used to college ball. I will conclude by saying that Washuan Ealey is bigger than he once was, and that it is so hard to tell what a running back will do by watching them run around without pads on, and without people trying to tackle them. He is doing better than I expected him to be doing, but Christian Robinson was doing better this time last year than I thought, too, and he redshirted. We really will not know the plan with Ealey until next week, and even when they put the list out for those traveling to Oklahoma State.


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