Brock Bowers continued to show why he’s not just one of the best freshmen on the Georgia team, but one of the top overall players.
The freshman tight end from Napa, Calif., scored 3 touchdowns while catching a team-high 4 passes for 69 yards against Vanderbilt. He also scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. For his efforts, Bowers was named the SEC’s Freshman of The Week.
It marks the second-straight week that a Georgia player has taken home the award, with Adonai Mitchell winning it for his play against South Carolina.
To Smart’s point, sophomore tight end Darnell Washington has yet to play in a game this season but it looks like he could make his season debut against Arkansas. The Bulldogs have had a number of wide receivers injured as well, though Georgia seems to be trending in a better direction on that front at the moment.
Bowers is quickly climbing the ranks of the best freshmen under Smart. Names such as Jake Fromm, Andrew Thomas, George Pickens and D’Andre Swift are also in that conversation. Bowers though was not seen as the same level of recruit as those four, as Bowers was rated as the No. 103 player in the 2021 recruiting class. Those other four were all top 50 recruits.
Through four games though, Bowers has clearly outplayed that lofty ranking. He earned praise consistently during the spring, which undoubtedly fueled his quick start.