Georgia football 3 things: Xavian Sorey turns heads, impact of Will Muschamp and thanksgiving food takes

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Georgia linebacker Xavian Sorey (18) during a game against Charleston Southern on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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Of the four 5-star signees in Georgia’s 2021 signing class, we’ve seen the least of Xavian Sorey.

He was the No. 26 overall prospect in the class out of Campbellton, Fla. Despite having a ceiling has high as anyone, Sorey had a tough start to his Georgia career. He came in with a foot injury that slowed his development in the spring.

Add in that Georgia has been moving him between outside linebacker and inside linebacker, and it’s understandable why the freshman hasn’t seen much of the field so far. While he might one day play outside linebacker, he’s not yet big enough to play there in Georgia’s system.

The injuries to Rian Davis and Trezmen Marshall also played a part in Sorey’s move to a new position.

“He’s probably better suited to play that position right now in terms of size, speed, and strength,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “He’s not big enough to hold up at outside backer right now, but he has good instincts. He’s flashed on scout team and made some good plays.”

The massive blowout against Charleston Southern gave many a chance to see what Sorey could do. And despite one critical mistake, it’s hard not to come away impressed with what Sorey could become.

“He’s learning it, he’s doing a good job learning. Very proud of him,” Channing Tindall said. “He’s young and he’s going to make mistakes, like all of us. He’s just got to keep pushing forward.”

Sorey made his first career tackle in the win for Georgia while also grabbing an interception.

The interception though should serve as a learning lesson for Sorey. The freshman had the ball ripped away from him and was returned for a touchdown.

When Smart spotted Sorey on Monday in practice, he asked Sorey what he was going to get better. Smart then suggested ball security be one of those things.

Sorey chuckled, knowing he’s obviously got other areas he can continue to improve on for the Georgia defense.

“I think he could be a big help for us, and he’s a guy who in four weeks we’ve picked up in terms of really getting better and working,” Smart said.

The Will Muschamp impact

The hiring of Muschamp has provided a boost to Georgia on a number of fronts.

He’s always been well-regard as a recruiter, and that impact can be shown in the commitment of 5-star cornerback Jaheim Singletary. Muschamp has also been a key factor in the recruitment of Kamari Wilson, a 5-star defensive back in the 2022 recruiting class.

Warren Ericson though disagrees. He’s a big advocate for macaroni and cheese. Along with just about everything else that’s on the table for Thanksgiving.

“I think that one macaroni and cheese is always welcome at the table,” Ericson said. “At Thanksgiving, there’s a tier of sides that you don’t normally get. You have a top tier of green bean casserole, hashbrowns casserole, sweet potato casserole, marshmallow top or pecans whichever you prefer. You’ve even got bacon-wrapped green beans, that’s always solid.

“In the lower tier, you’ve do got macaroni and cheese because that’s always fantastic. Macaroni and cheese is acceptable at any time so that’s my answer. There are just great sides on Thanksgiving. For me an offensive lineman who loves to eat, Thursday is the best and I’m excited for Thursday.”

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