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Georgia freshman George Pickens came up with his fifth touchdown catch of the season against Texas A&M.

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 19, Texas A&M 13

DawgNation will offer this report after every game which focuses on the freshmen who played, what they did and which ones might lose one of those newfangled (four games or less) redshirts.  Check out the Georgia football edition from the 19-13 home finale with Texas A&M. 

Georgia played 56 of its Bulldogs against Texas A&M, including 14 redshirt or true freshmen. Yet with this one, there wasn’t a clear dominant performance by one of those young Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs played 57 players in their previous game at Auburn, including 13 redshirt and true freshmen. The total of 56 players also marked the season-low in the number of Bulldogs to play in a game in 2019.

How did that freshmen participation compare to the rest of the season?

  • 13 of the 57 at Auburn
  • 17 of the 63 at home against Mizzou.
  • 14 of the 57 Bulldogs who helped take down Florida for the third straight time
  • 14 of the 57 vs. Kentucky
  • 15 of the 62 against South Carolina
  • 15 of 63 at Tennessee
  • 13 of 60 against Notre Dame
  • 30 of 86 vs. Arkansas State
  • 29 of 86 vs. Murray State
  • 13 of 61 at Vanderbilt

Rapid-fire participation info from Georgia-Texas A&M

  • UGA started two redshirt freshmen in Azeez Ojulari (OLB) and Kearis Jackson (WR) for the fourth straight week.
  • Jackson, a redshirt from Fort Valley, has now started in five of the eight games he’s been available this fall. He missed three games due to the wrist injury he suffered in the season opener at Vanderbilt.
  • Freshman WR Dominick Blaylock also earned his second career start.
  • The Bulldogs played just seven OLs for the second straight week in SEC play.
  • JUCO transfer DJ Daniel had his eighth straight start. The 2019 signee has started more games this fall than anyone ever thought he was likely to do.
  • The Bulldogs played just seven true defensive linemen. That total includes three players who will exhaust their eligibility after this season.
  • Redshirt senior Michael Barnett drew his third start of the season and his fourth career start against Texas A&M at the nose tackle position.

Who played against Texas A&M (by classes):

  • Freshmen: 9
  • Redshirt freshmen: 5
  • Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 1 (George Pickens)
  • True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 1 (Redshirt DB Divaad Wilson had four stops. It was tied for fourth-best on the team)

Texas A&M freshman focus

Georgia played 14 redshirt or true freshmen. The big picture tallies up to 25 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to:

  • 0 of 1 QBs (1 QBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 6 RBs (6 RBs played in the previous game)
  • 3 of 5 WRs  (7 WRs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 7 OLs (7 OLs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 2 TEs (3 TEs played in the previous game)
  • 1 of 7 DLs (8 DLs played in the previous game
  • 2 of 6 ILBs (6 ILBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 5 OLBs (6 OLBs played in the previous game)
  • 3 of 12 DBs (11 DBs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 1 PKs (No change versus the previous game)
  • 0 of 1 Ps (No change from the previous game)
  • 1 of 2 LSs (No change from the previous game)

What that study has shown far this year: Georgia essentially plays the same group of DLs, ILBs and OLBs regardless of the quality of the Power 5 opponent.

Freshman DB Tyrique Stevenson has some technique points to dial in, but he makes about 1-2 plays per game that show why the coaches are putting him out on the field. (eff Sentell/DawgNation)


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.

Here is the weekly list of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen that have started games in 2019.

  • Redshirt freshman TE John FitzPatrick (1 game)
  • Redshirt freshman WR Kearis Jackson (5 games)
  • Redshirt freshman OLB Azeez Ojulari (11 games)
  • Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson (2 games)
  • Freshman WR George Pickens (1 game)
  • Freshman WR Dominick Blaylock (2 games)

Who started against Texas A&M (all freshmen): Dominick Blaylock, Kearis Jackson and Azeez Ojulari

How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 97

How many of those have been freshmen or redshirt freshmen: 34 (35 percent of all participation)

Georgia football: Participation in 2019

  • Redshirt or grad transfer seniors: 9
  • Seniors: 8
  • Redshirt juniors: 5
  • Juniors: 15
  • Redshirt sophomores: 14
  • Sophomores: 12
  • Redshirt freshmen: 11
  • Freshmen: 23
  • Of note: Georgia has seen six of its true freshmen play in every game this year. That’s out of the 23 freshmen who have played so far in 2019. (Lewis Cine, Nakobe Dean, Trezmen Marshall, George Pickens, Nolan Smith and Tyrique Stevenson.)


Freshman Game Ball 

George Pickens scored the only touchdown of the game for Georgia on Saturday against Texas A&M. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

WR George Pickens (Hoover HS/Hoover, Ala.)

Pickens earns this weekly “Freshmen Report” honor for the fourth time this season.

  • The stat line: 2 catches/57 yards/1 16-yard touchdown catch/1 slobber knocker block (at least)
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