DawgNation will offer this report after every game which focuses on the freshmen who played and what they did. No one will lose a redshirt amid the new rules of the 2020 pandemic-affected season. Check out the Georgia football edition from another 41-24 loss to the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
When it comes to Alabama, the DawgNation freshmen reports do read differently. They are compiled differently, too.
That’s because the entire playing time flow of the Georgia roster looks different when it faces Alabama.
The Bulldogs played a season-high total of 13 true freshmen against Tennessee in its previous game. They played a season-low eight against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Let’s tick off the things that seemed to go against the norm:
- Georgia only played 51 players against Alabama on Saturday night. That was five fewer players on the participation report than in any other game this year and also during the 2019 season.
- The Bulldogs even played 61 total players against LSU in the SEC title game a year ago, including 14 redshirt or true freshmen. They played nine freshmen (redshirt or true) against the Tide.
- Alabama played 10 players off its roster against Georgia that classify as freshmen.
- Georgia played 51 total players at the end of the season the last time these teams met in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs put 12 true freshmen and another two redshirt freshmen on the field that night.
- The Bulldogs started three freshmen (Jake Camarda, Trey Hill, Jordan Davis) and two redshirt freshmen (Eric Stokes and Isaiah Wilson) against Alabama in 2018. Isaiah Wilson is now in the NFL, but those other four Bulldogs also started on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
- Georgia started a pair of true freshmen (WR Jermaine Burton and Darnell Washington) on Saturday night and another redshirt freshman (OT Warren McClendon) in the 41-24 loss.
Burton scored his first career touchdown against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. That’s not too bad for a freshman starter on a very big stage.
Does data like that intrigue? If so, then the weekly DawgNation “Freshman Report” is filed every week to track that sort of information and meet that level of reader interest.
Those plays – and the young Georgia football team members who made them – are what the weekly DawgNation “Freshmen Report” is all about. It was created to move the needle forward on all the elite recruiting classes the program signs.
Do those young players that get hyped up make an impact on the team during their first season?
The Bulldogs deployed 51 players against Alabama, including nine redshirt and true freshmen. That’s based on DawgNation’s pregame and postgame observations, the TV copy, social media postings and finally the official postgame participation chart.
Those numbers varied greatly (20 percent decline) over the first few weeks.
- Week 1 at Arkansas: 59 (18 redshirt or true freshmen
- Week 2 vs. Auburn: 60 (16 redshirt or true freshmen)
- Week 3 vs. Tennessee: 63 (17 redshirt or true freshmen)
Burton started the fourth consecutive game of his UGA career. He delivered his finest and most impactful performance of the season to show he is deserving of those starting nods.
True freshman TE Darnell Washington returned to the starting lineup this week. It was his third start of the year. He was one of two starting TEs this week with FSU graduate transfer Tre’ McKitty.
The Alabama game is a different level of program and degree of difficulty compared to the rest of the 2020 season up to this point. Georgia had been playing a lot more players and freshmen against an ALL-SEC schedule this year than it had in 2019.
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Who played against the Tide (by classes):
- Freshmen: 7 (-6 from last week)
- Redshirt freshmen: 2 (-2 from last week)
- Sophomores: 7 (-1 from last week)
- Redshirt sophomores: 7 (-2 from last week)
- Juniors: 10 (+ 1 from last week)
- Redshirt juniors: 3 (-4 from last week)
- Seniors: 8
- Redshirt or graduate seniors: 5
- Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 1 (Same as last week)
- True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 0 (-1 from last week)
Alabama game freshman focus
Georgia played 10 redshirt or true freshmen. The big picture tallies up to 20 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to:
- 0 of 1 QBs (1 of 2 last week)
- 2 of 5 RBs (2 of 4 last week)
- 2 of 6 WRs (2 of 7 last week)
- 1 of 5 OLs (4 of 9 last week)
- 1 of 3 TEs
- 1 of 6 DLs (4 of 9 DLs last week)
- 0 of 5 ILBs (0 of 6 ILBs last week)
- 1 of 5 OLBs
- 0 of 9 DBs (2 of 14 DBs last week)
- 0 of 1 PKs
- 0 of 1 Ps
- 1 of 2 LSs
FRESHMEN BULLDOGS IN 2020
What’s more important? Snaps or starts? Both are important, but there is a reason why certain players start the game and stay on the field for the biggest plays. That’s because the coaches trust them to play winning football by what they have seen on the practice field.
There are common instances where the scheme fit based on each opponent allows for a different starting rotation as well. Georgia has started out games in “12” personnel this season.
Here is the weekly list of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen that have started games in 2020.
- Freshman WR Jermaine Burton (4 games)
- Redshirt freshman QB D’Wan Mathis (1 game)
- Redshirt freshman OT Warren McClendon (3 games)
- Freshman TE Darnell Washington (3 games)
Who started against Bama (all freshmen): Burton, McClendon and Washington
How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 71