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Which Freshman Could See the Field Against Arkansas

September 24, 2020
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The college football season is finally here and the Bulldogs are looking to start off the season with a big road win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

While the Bulldogs are as deep as they’ve ever been at certain positions, many are excited to see which freshmen from Georgia’s top-ranked recruiting class will be able to see the field this weekend.

Here are a few freshmen to keep an eye on when the Dawgs take on the Hogs.

 

Jalen Carter‍:

The hype around the 5-star defensive lineman is at an all-time high right now as we head closer to game-day. The big 6-foot-3 300-pound defensive tackle has been tough to handle for the offensive line all through camp and sources say he has shown off his athleticism and overall strength throughout the last few weeks of practice. Kirby Smart loves to rotate defensive lineman throughout the game in order to keep them fresh, so while he might be earn a starting nod, Dawg Post beleives Georgia fans will see plenty of Carter in action in the season opener.

 

Jermaine Burton‍:

The Bulldogs signed an extremely impressive group of receivers in the 2020 class, and there’s a few who could see action on Saturday, but Dawg Post feels like Burton is the one who could see the most snaps. His speed, reliable hands, body control, and big-play presence will be tough to keep him off the field for very long. He’s a natural at the position and is already a reliable route-runner. The Bulldog offense needs multiple receivers to step up and help George Pickens, and we think Burton will be one of the first freshmen to get an opportunity.

 

Darnell Washington‍:

With transfer tight end Tre McKitty ‍ listed as “doubtful” for the opener, the Bulldogs will need freshman tight end Darnell Washington to step up in a big way. A gaint of a man at 6-foot-7 260-pounds, Washington has a skillset that others at the position just don’t have. He might be a little on the heavy side right now, but once he transforms his body and gets his conditioning at an acceptable level, he should see the field more and more. Without McKitty, Washington will get a strong look if he’s been working hard enough the past few weeks. He’s a decent blocker, but his potential as a pass-catcher could really benefit the Bulldogs in the red-zone. 

 

Mekhail Sherman‍:

The Bulldogs might be set at linebacker already, but if Sherman is 100% healthy and ready to play, he could see significant playing time in the 2nd half if things go according to plan. He was a top target for the Georgia staff as a recruit and was the only linebacker they signed in the entire 2020 class. The staff is extremely high on him due to his size, ability to run, touchness, and his versatility. He can rush the passer and secure the edge on the outside, but can also play in the middle and try to stuff the run on 3rd and short. He might not be able to start for a while, but he’s too talented to sit on the bench for very long.

 

Kendall Milton‍:

The Bulldogs went all the way out to California to recruit and sign Kendall Milton. They didn’t put all that effort in his recruitment to have him sit on the bench very long. He likely won’t get carries ahead of Zamir White or James Cook, but if he’s 100% healthy, he’s another freshman who should see some snaps in the 2nd half. He’ll be fighting for carries with Kenny McIntosh and fellow freshman back Daijun Edwards‍, but Milton is already physically ready to play in the SEC with impressive shiftiness and quickness for his size. 

 
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