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Early enrollee freshman Justin Fields will wear No. 1 during his time at Georgia.

Georgia football: Numbers the 2018 early enrollees will wear

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Crunching numbers

If you’ve followed this blog the last few years, you’ll know I’m a fan of the aesthetics of football. Things like the setting of the game and which jersey a team wears can affect my enjoyment of a game. It doesn’t affect it as much as whether there’s good football being played, but it does count for something.

Along those lines, I’m a huge fan of jersey numbers because I think jersey numbers matter. They obviously don’t have any kind of effect on the game, but they do shape how we remember players. Whenever I see the number 34, in any setting, I think about Herschel Walker. It doesn’t matter much, but it matters.

So Tuesday was my favorite day of spring practice so far, because we learned what numbers the early enrollees will wear, via Seth Emerson of DawgNation. Considering these players are members of the most talented recruiting class ever assembled in Athens — and considering we very well may be entering a golden era of Georgia football — there’s a good chance some of these will guys become stars, maybe even legends. And Bulldogs fans will associate them with their new numbers for the rest of their lives.

As I did last spring, I’m going to rank the jersey numbers of the early enrollees, and I’m going to do it pretty much arbitrarily. I’ll be basing my opinion on what numbers I think look cool and fit for a player at that position. And like last spring, feel free to disagree with me. Jersey numbers are a subjective art, so whatever your opinion is, you’ll be right. Now let’s get into it.


8. Trey Hill, G, No. 55 — There’s nothing much to say about offensive line numbers, but No. 55 is fine for a guard. Just fine.

7. Divaad Wilson, CB, No. 16 — I’m a big proponent of 20s, 30s or single-digits for corners, so I’m not a fan of Wilson’s sweet 16. But a player can make a number cool, so there’s still hope for No. 16.

6. Cade Mays, T, No. 77 — As with Hill, I don’t have much to say about linemen. But Mays goes ahead because of who he inherited the number from. Isaiah Wynn, the lineman UGA has produced in ages, wore No. 77. He did that number good, and I’d like to see Mays do the same.

5. Kearis Jackson, WR, No. 10 — The last two (offensive) Bulldogs to wear No. 10 were Jacob Eason and Faton Bauta. Ten is a quarterback number and doesn’t look good at any other position, in my opinion. But if Jackson rocks it well, that opinion could change.

4. Warren Ericson, C, No. 50 — I only have one strong take on offensive line numbers: The center should wear No. 50. Like the center, 50 is right in the middle. It just works.

3. Justin Fields, QB, No. 1 — Fields, perhaps the best recruit ever signed by Georgia, wearing No. 1 is a little too on the nose for my taste, but I don’t doubt for a second it’ll look great on him.

2. Zamir White, RB, No. 3 — Get ready for Todd Gurley flashbacks. White’s running style is already similar to Gurley, a fellow North Carolina-native, so why not lean into it and wear his number, too?

1. Brenton Cox, OLB/DE, No. 1 — As a rule, linebackers and defensive ends always look good wearing single digits. Cox and his numero uno are no exception. I would’ve preferred Cox to pick up where Lorenzo Carter left off and rock the No. 7, but I don’t blame him for that. Who wouldn’t want to be No. 1?

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Spring practice roundup

One of the most interesting storylines of spring practice is the role of Georgia’s coaches, new and old, particularly on offense. James Coley switched from coaching receivers to quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney switched from quarterbacks to tight ends and new hire Cortez Hankton, a former NFL WR, is coaching the receivers. Check out this post from Emerson for the lowdown on how the coaches are faring in their new roles and how the players are responding.

Emerson also provided a practice report, which touches on the competition at star (nickel) corner, the depth chart at receiver, the recruits and stars who attended practice Tuesday and much more.

Diamond Dogs riding 7-game winning streak

For the first time in a long time, things are looking up for Georgia baseball. The Diamond Dogs shut out Charleston Southern on Tuesday for their seventh consecutive win, including a sweep of South Carolina last weekend. Chip Towers of DawgNation looked into whether or not Scott Stricklin has the program back where it should be.

ICYMI

Here’s the best of the rest of DawgNation posts from Tuesday.

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