Georgia Football: 3 Freshmen Who Could Become Household Names in 2014
Back in 2012, Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley ran wild on SEC opponents as true freshmen and were big reasons why the Bulldogs won the SEC East.
Last year, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas filled in for both Gurley and Marshall, as both players were injured, and earned the respect of their teammates and fans.
Those four players became very popular to Bulldog Nation because they produced as freshmen. And in order for the Bulldogs to have a great 2014 season, there will have a to be a few freshmen who not only contribute but also play at an All-SEC level if they want to win the conference.
Here are three freshmen that could be household names in 2014.
The one freshman who has been talked about a lot and has not arrived on campus yet is running back Nick Chubb.
247 Sports lists Chubb as the third-best prospect in the state and the sixth-best running back in the country.
Chubb has the size and speed to be an elite running back in the SEC. And apparently, he can jump higher than anyone in all of college football, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Chubb will have a hard time finding the field because of Marshall and Gurley. But if he impresses the coaches during preseason practice, which he probably will, they will make room for him, and fans will see why he’s a top recruit.
Chubb did not get a lot of fanfare during his recruiting process because he committed to UGA early. That was not the case for Lorenzo Carter, who announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on national signing day.
Carter was the No. 1 recruit in the state, according to 247 Sports, as well as the No. 2 defensive end in the country.
Based on his size, he could see some action at outside linebacker, which is handled by Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd. But because defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is still trying to find the best lineup for the upcoming season, Carter could see himself as part of the front-seven rotation.
Carter has size, athleticism and quickness, and that’s what he will need in order to fit into Pruitt’s system.
And if Carter is expected to be ready to play as a freshman, the same can be said about cornerback Malkom Parrish.
Listed as the fifth-best Georgia prospect by 247Sports, Parrish can react to the football quickly, has good ball skills and can tackle.
Pruitt will not be afraid to put a true freshman in, and Parrish is as talented as the veterans on the roster. The secondary is not finalized yet, so Parrish will have an opportunity to contribute right away and make an impact. And if he buys into Pruitt’s system, he will have early success.
Other Freshmen to Watch
There are a few other freshmen to watch out for that could make an impact.
Tight end Jeb Blazevich could see some early action because of the injuries at the position. He is considered to be one of the best tight end prospects in the country.
Running back Sony Michel is like Chubb in terms of being highly recruited. He’s not as big as Chubb, but he can break tackles, has great power and also has great vision.
Safety Dominick Sanders was a UCF commit before changing to UGA as soon as Pruitt was hired. He has the ability to make plays, which was something that was missing from the secondary last season.
The incoming freshmen have the tools to be successful players at UGA when all is said and done. But most of them will have to wait a year before they can see time on the field.
The select few who are lucky enough to see action as true freshmen will have to seize the moment and make every bit of the opportunity they have in front of them just like Green, Douglas, Marshall and Gurley did.
Chubb, Carter and Parrish are three players fans should take note of this season. There is no guarantee they will all play, but once they get on the practice field and the staff sees each player’s skill set, the coaches will find a way to get these three on the field, and fans will thank them for it.