Georgia Football: Incoming Freshmen Most Likely to Start This Season
There is always a level of excitement around this time of year for college football fans. Preseason practice for all teams is right around the corner, and this means the 2014 signees will have a chance to show what they got and why the coaches wanted them on their teams.
The Georgia Bulldogs have a talented set of incoming freshmen on campus as we speak and have been working hard to get ready for preseason practice, which will begin in August. Some of the incoming freshmen will not see any playing time this season and will just practice with the team and get ready for the 2015 season. But there are a few that will not only see playing time in 2014, but will have a chance to be part of the starting lineup.
And here are the incoming freshmen that will have a chance to start this season.
DE Lorenzo Carter
The first player that will most likely start this season is the top recruit in the class, according to 247Sports.
Lorenzo Carter is listed as the No. 1 player in Georgia and the No. 2 defensive end in the SEC. He has great size, can play sideline to sideline and is fast off the edge.
Carter told Rusty Mansell of 247Sports (subscription required) that he wants to make an immediate impact and be a permanent captain his junior year. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is not afraid of starting true freshmen, especially if they are outplaying the upperclassmen. If Carter is the player the coaches expect him to be, Pruitt will not hesitate to put him in the starting rotation.
RB Nick Chubb
It’s known that Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are the two running backs on top of the depth chart, and that won’t likely change. But Nick Chubb is too much of a physical specimen to leave on the bench, and he can be what Gurley was in 2012.
Chubb is one of 10 best running backs in the country (via 247Sports) because he has good speed, can break tackles and has the build to take on SEC defenders. It’s likely that Gurley will leave after the 2014 season, so either Chubb, Sony Michel or A.J. Turman will be looked at to take over. Because Chubb is built a lot like Gurley and has the ability to rack up a ton of yards, Chubb will likely be the next man up, but it will be in 2014 instead of 2015.
CB Malkom Parrish
The secondary has been through the ringer this offseason, as they lost Josh Harvey-Clemons, Shaq Wiggins and Tray Matthews. So there is good chance an incoming freshman could see a lot of action.
Malkom Parrish is a likely candidate, as he is one of the 10 best cornerback prospects in the country (via 247Sports). He’s good at changing direction, he’s quick and can tackle, which is needed in order to play in Pruitt’s system.
The reality is that there are still a lot of things that need to be sorted out in the secondary. And because there are still positions for the taking, Parrish will have a good chance to win a spot and be a major contributor this season.
OG Isaiah Wynn
Because the Bulldogs lost three offensive linemen from last season, a few spots are up for grabs, and Isaiah Wynn is talented enough to be on the starting offensive line this year.
Wynn is good with his feet, has good lateral movement and is quick. He excels at pass blocking, which is a plus because Hutson Mason will need offensive linemen that will give him time to find his skill players.
There is no telling what offensive line coach Will Friend will do when it comes to the vacant spots on the offensive line. But Wynn will have a great chance to contribute right away, just as Brandon Kublanow did last season.
TE Jeb Blazevich
Jeb Blazevich is one of the more vital additions to the Bulldogs roster because of the lack of depth at the tight end position.
And with Hunter Atkinson leaving the team after signing with them in February, that means Blazevich will have even more pressure to contribute. Blazevich is a tall, rangy player with reliable hands. If he can handle the blocking duties, he will see playing time right away.
And with Jay Rome being prone to injury, there is no reason Blazevich can't get a starting nod this season.