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Georgia football’s most fun players
With it being Good Friday and the first day of Passover, I figure many of you, dear readers, aren’t working today. And I assume the rest of you are only pretending to work. So in that spirit, I figured we’d keep things light and take a look at Georgia football’s most fun player at each position.
To state the obvious, I’m talking about the most fun player, not necessarily the best player. That means I’m looking for guys who do things on the field that make you want to keep an eye on them, as well as those who are just interesting dudes. I know y’all have a busy day of not working ahead, so let’s get into it.
QB: Justin Fields — It could only be one of two guys, and Fields gets the nod over Jake Fromm for only one reason: We haven’t seen him play at Georgia yet, we’ve only dreamed about it. If Fields is anywhere near as good in college as I’ve imagined him to be, he’ll be the most fun player to ever sport a pair of silver britches.
RB: Elijah Holyfield — D’Andre Swift is the easy answer, but Holyfield is the correct answer. He’s the son of one of the greatest fighters of all time and could probably go if he stepped in the squared circle himself. Just look at those arms. I bet he can crush a cantaloupe in the crook of his elbow.
WR: Mecole Hardman — His 80-yard touchdown reception in the National Championship was one of the most exciting plays of last season, and he’s a potential dynamo in the return game. (And I love few things more than a good return man.) I think it’s a matter of when, not if, he finally breaks one.
TE: Isaac Nauta — Bleach blonde hair? Check. Tribal tattoo? Check. Catching passes on a jet ski? Check. Nauata is the bro-iest bro on the squad, and I’m here for it.
OL: Ben Cleveland — If I could only use two words to describe Cleveland, they would be “country strong.” And if I could only use one word, either one would work. (I mean, just look at this.) Hardman told a story about Cleveland driving home at 5 a.m. before a 10 a.m. meeting just so he could go to the woods and it’s one of my favorite things.
DL: Julian Rochester — As a guy who did this with his brothers plenty of times growing up — as well as a guy who did a lot of dumb stuff in college — I ask this in all sincerity and without a trace facetiousness: Who among us doesn’t love a good BB gun war? I can relate to Rochester. … The BB gun part. Not being a standout nose tackle.
LB: D’Andre Walker — Walker is the returning leader in sacks (5½ in 2017) and there a few things more fun in football than a sack.
DB: J.R. Reed — No one in Georgia’s secondary flies to the ball and lays the wood quite like Reed, and it’s a joy to watch. He also gets bonus points for scoring Georgia’s only defensive touchdown last season.
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Odds & ends
If you want the latest to come out of Georgia football on Thursday, Chip Towers of DawgNation has provided this roundup that includes information on the intensifying competition in spring practice, UGA legend/student assistant Kevin Butler’s recent hip surgery and the unanswered questions regarding former equipment manager Kevin Purvis.
Towers also took his turn with the Question of the day on Thursday: “Can Jim Chaney open up Georgia’s offense, and will Kirby Smart let him?”
Finally, Seth Emerson of DawgNation has this nice piece on Mecole Hardman wanting to add “a little flavor” to the receiving corps and his growing importance to that unit.
So all you recruitniks can get your fix, here’s what Jeff Sentell of DawgNation wrote Wednesday.
- Georgia continues pursuit of Auburn WR commit George Pickens
- NFL ‘sack whisperer’ Chuck Smith shares vision for 5-star UGA commit Nolan Smith
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