ATHENS — Add another name to Georgia’s depth chart at tailback.
The Bulldogs now have seven players at the position after welcoming Prather Hudson as a preferred walkon this summer. Hudson is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound athlete from Brookstone High in Columbus. He was originally was headed to Davidson to play on the FCS level before accepting an invitation from Kirby Smart in April to join the Bulldogs.
“He’s done a phenomenal job in summer workouts and really competes hard,” Smart said Hudson after Tuesday’s practice, the second of preseason camp. “I think he’ll be a good player for us.”
Hudson is wearing the number 24 and currently stands fifth on the depth chart with Sony Michel (arm) and Shaquery Wilson (knee) currently sidelined.
Hudson was a two-way standout at Brookstone where he started at both defensive back and wingback. And while he earned All-Region honors as a two-way player, his most impressive accolades come from the classroom. He graduated from Brookstone with a 4.65 GPA, scored 31 on the ACT and was the AFLAC student-athlete of the year for the state.
Of course, Hudson’s services aren’t likely to be needed in the offensive backfield this season. However, he could find his way onto the field on special teams.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking playing SEC football,” Prather told WLTZ.com at his signing ceremony last spring. “It’s a little step up from where I thought I’d be going, but I’m just excited for the opportunity. I’m glad Coach Smart would give me the opportunity.”
Much more likely is a scenario that would include 4-star freshman signee Elijah Holyfield getting some carries this fall. Holyfield is currently running third team with the Bulldogs behind Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas. Fellow freshman signee Brian Herrien is also getting reps in practice.
“As far as the two young guys, I’m going to reserve judgment on those guys,” Smart said. “I haven’t seen enough of them to know. I know Elijah’s got the right kind of intensity. He plays with the right attitude and demeanor, and he’s picking things up quickly. But we haven’t seen enough to know. They haven’t put pads on at the University of Georgia yet.”
The Bulldogs will don pads for the first time in camp on Wednesday.
Here is Hudson’s senior highlights video: