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 that 37-10 road win at Arkansas.
D’Wan Mathis got his first career start. Everyone who tuned in or made the trek to Arkansas knew that immediately. What about Darnell Washington flashing a satellite dish’s worth of catch radius late in the half?
Those moments were hard to miss. No matter how many chicken wings or nachos one was putting down while watching.
How ’bout those four-yard carries for both Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton in the first games of their freshman seasons?
If you didn’t know that but are glad you do know, then the weekly DawgNation “Freshman Report” was filed with that sort of reading habit in mind.
Those plays – and the young players 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 these young players that get hyped up truly measure up and make an impact on the team during their first season on campus?
The Bulldogs played 59 players against Arkansas, including 18 redshirt and true freshmen. The SEC only allows 70 players to travel on the dress list for road games.
That’s based on DawgNation’s pregame and postgame observations, the TV copy, social media postings and finally the official postgame participation chart.
Georgia played five more of those redshirts and first-year guys that it did in the season opener at Vanderbilt last fall.
How did that freshmen participation compare to how many freshmen played against SEC and Power 5 opponents during 2019?
- 24 of the 73 against Georgia Tech
- 13 of the 56 for the home finale against Texas A&M
- 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
- 13 of 61 at Vanderbilt
The quick takeaway from all that charting is rather simple. Look for Georgia to play more freshmen against an ALL-SEC schedule than it did in 2019.
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Rapid-fire participation info from Georgia-Arkansas
- Georgia started two true freshmen and one redshirt freshman against the Razorbacks on Saturday. Those players were all on offense.
- The Bulldogs did not start any true freshmen in the season opener against Vanderbilt a year ago. The only freshman starter was redshirt OLB Azeez Ojulari.
- Georgia started nine sophomores or redshirt sophomores in the 2020 opener. That was more than any other group.
- The Bulldogs also played 17 sophomores or redshirt sophomores on Saturday. That matches the freshman total for the biggest class that saw action.
- To the best of our knowledge and scouring of the postgame official reports and TV copies, it looks like these were the only Bulldogs who traveled but did not play: Redshirt junior DB Latavious Brini, freshman QB Carson Beck, redshirt sophomore QB JT Daniels, sophomore walk-on punter Bill Rubright and freshman OL Sedrick Van Pran-Granger.
Who played against Arkansas (by classes):
- Freshmen: 10
- Redshirt freshmen: 7
- Sophomores: 8
- Redshirt sophomores: 9
- Juniors: 9
- Redshirt juniors: 6
- Seniors: 9
- Redshirt or graduate seniors: 4
- Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 0
- True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 0
Arkansas game freshman focus
Georgia played 18 redshirt or true freshmen. The big picture tallies up to 31 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to:
- 0 of 2 QBs
- 2 of 5 RBs
- 3 of 8 WRs
- 2 of 7 OLs
- 2 of 3 TEs
- 4 of 10 DLs (Biggest freshman presence for the game)
- 1 of 7 ILBs
- 0 of 4 OLBs
- 2 of 13 DBs
- 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.
Here is the weekly list of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen that have started games in 2020.
- Freshman WR Jermaine Burton (1 game)
- Redshirt freshman QB D’Wan Mathis (1 game)
- Freshman TE Darnell Washington (1 game)
Who started against Arkansas (all true freshmen): Burton, Mathis, Washington
How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 59
How many of those have been freshmen or redshirt freshmen: 18 (33 percent of all participation)
Of note: Georgia has seen eight of its true freshmen play in every game this year. That’s out of the 10 freshmen who have played so far in 2020.
Freshman Game Ball