Freshman report on UGA football: Georgia 66, UMass 27

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Justin Fields filled up the highlight reel on Saturday against UMass.

Trey Hill. Come on down. The freshman Bulldog from Houston County in Warner Robins is now the sixth freshman to start a game this season. The Bulldogs were able to sign the nation’s top-rated recruiting class in 2018 and that crop continues to impact this year’s team.

Trey Hill earned his first career start at right guard on Saturday. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

That’s a pretty neat little trend the Bulldogs have going.

Jordan Davis got his first start against Florida. Otis Reese earned his first start against Auburn.

Hill took the first-team reps at right guard for the Bulldogs on Saturday against UMass. The massive freshman was part of a unit that never saw the chains point to a third down.

The program rolled up the second-highest total offense figure (701 yards) for a single game in UGA history.

Hill’s recruiting rankings: Nation’s No. 2 OG prospect on the 247Sports Composite rankings. He was also listed as the nation’s No. 62 overall prospect for 2018. That made him the 11th-highest rated recruit in the 2018 class for UGA.

Remember when he committed to Georgia last December?

Rice led UGA in tackles for three straight games prior to the UMass game. Does this mean that freshman ILBs Channing Tindall and Quay Walker might play a greater role this Saturday against Tech? That’s a likely Monday read on that situation.

That duo combined for three tackles against the pass-happy Minutemen.

FRESHMEN STARTERS IN 2018

It was mentioned earlier, but here’s the list of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen who have started games for the Bulldogs this year.

  • P Jake Camarda (11 games)
  • CB Tyson Campbell (10 games)
  • DT Jordan Davis (three games)
  • OL Trey Hill (one game)
  • OL Cade Mays (seven games)
  • DB Otis Reese (one game)
  • Redshirt freshman CB Eric Stokes (1 game)
  • Redshirt freshman OT Isaiah Wilson (11 games)

In case you missed it: The Bulldogs started two true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen against UMass. Defensive tackle Jordan Davis also saw his three-game starting streak snapped on Saturday.

THE BIG PICTURE, PART I

Did you know that freshman QB Justin Fields had his first 100-yard rushing and passing day at UGA on Saturday? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

THE WEEKLY FRESHMAN HEAT CHECK 

Let’s continue the blog with a current assessment of the five most valuable freshmen and redshirt freshmen to the UGA football team at this time.

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