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Freshman RB Zamir White is a player who could potentially benefit from the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.

Georgia football: Who will benefit most from the new redshirt rule?

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Zamir White may benefit most from the new redshirt rule

After hearing Kirby Smart speak at SEC Media Days last week one thing seems pretty clear to me: Justin Fields ain’t gonna redshirt.

Whether it be depth issues, Fields’ potential to be a change of pace under center or because Smart believes he’ll be gone in three or four years regardless, Smart indicated that it has no plans to redshirt the all-everything freshman, even with the new NCAA rule that allows players to play in four games and still redshirt. That kinda tossed my idea for Fields’s freshman season out the window, because I believed he was the perfect player to benefit from the rule. Which got me wondering last week, if not Fields, which Bulldog will benefit most from the redshirt rule change

Well, great minds think alike, because this weekend Senator Blutarsky of Get The Picture looked at five Georgia players who may benefit from the new redshirt rule, jumping off from an Athlon post about Oklahoma on the same subject.

I considered leading this post with five of my own, but being a derivative of a derivative is a bridge too far from me. Instead, you should read the Senator’s post because — well, you should just always read the Senator’s posts.

Although I think these three sophomores are candidates as well, I think the Senator gets his five about right. The most intriguing of the bunch is the player he led with, running back Zamir White, who is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during his senior year of high school.

For some reason, I had never considered White when thinking about this topic, maybe because there’s a part of me that believes that he’ll be back from injury way before the end of the season, and he’s too good not to garner a ton of carries if that happens. But as the Senator notes, in hindsight this rule seems custom-made for players like White.

The new rule could not be more perfectly written for a kid like White coming back from a serious injury.  There’s plenty of depth at the running back position, so the pressure to hit the field isn’t as intense as it might be elsewhere.  Should White’s rehab play out as well as early reports indicate, he’s someone who could roll out late in the year and still preserve his four years.  (And before you say he’s an obvious three-and-done candidate, Nick Chubb would like a word with  you.)

What say you? Which player do you think will benefit most from the redshirt rule?

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5-star in-state DT sets decision date

Get ready for a big week in Georgia recruiting. According to Rivals, 5-star Thomaston (Ga.) Upson Lee recruit Travon Walker, the No. 2 DT prospect in the country, will make his college decision Tuesday, July 24 at 6:45 p.m. on FOX 5. Walker is said to be choosing from Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina.

In an interview with Jeff Sentell of DawgNation two weeks ago, Walker noted the potential to practice against Georgia’s increasingly talented offensive line as a potential reason for picking the in-state.

“Georgia has the players now that have come a long ways from where it used to be,” Walker said. “Georgia used to have one of the smallest lines in the SEC. Now they have one of the biggest. Georgia can say in a few years it might have the best line in the SEC. If I chose Georgia, I know I will look at its offensive line in my decision. I know I will want to get better and to really get tested in practice every day.”

If Walker chose the Dawgs, it would be a crucial get for Smart and his staff, as Georgia is dangerously thin along the defensive line and hasn’t signed a truly elite interior defensive line prospect in some years.

‘He’s like a jackhammer’

By now, you likely know about Georgia men’s basketball coach Tom Crean’s familial connections to the Harbaugh family. For those who don’t, Crean married the sister of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

In his final post on the Georgia beat, the Telegraph’s Jason Butt — who is headed to The Athletic to cover the Atlanta Falcons — spoke with the Harbaugh brothers about what Georgia can expect from Crean, and Jim described Crean’s work ethic as only Jim Harbaugh can.

“It reminds me of a beaver dam being built,” Jim said. “Everybody’s doing something, everybody’s working. Tom’s coaching every minute. Move here, move there. Then all of a sudden the ball moves to where he moved somebody. It’s really impressive. How much he sees and how much he’s taking in, every second, is really impressive. He’s like a jackhammer. It’s from one thing to the next, to the next. I’ve seen it for 25 years. The work ethic at the highest level.”

D’Andre Swift among likely breakout RBs

Steve Lasson of Athlon Sports ranked the top 30 potential breakout running backs for the upcoming season, and Georgia sophomore D’Andre was ranked second behind only Cam Akers of Florida State.

Despite losing Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, Georgia’s rushing attack will rank among the best in college football next season. Swift flashed potential as the team’s No. 3 back last fall, averaging a robust 7.6 yards a carry for 618 yards and three scores on just 81 attempts. He also caught 17 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Swift will have help from a talented stable of backups, but the sophomore is primed to take over the No. 1 role for coach Kirby Smart.

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