DawgNation will offer this report after every game which focuses on the freshmen who played and their contributions. Check out the Georgia football edition from the big 49-3 win against Oregon from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Georgia started two true freshmen on Saturday in Atlanta against Oregon. That comes after starting just one first-year phenom in the 2021 opener against Clemson.
It says something there. The Bulldogs are confident enough in true freshmen to start them in neutral site games against Top 15 opponents.
Brock Bowers started against Clemson in 2021. That set a certain standard. The fact Georgia started former 5-star DL Mykel Williams against No. 11 Oregon shows he was also able to quickly earn the trust of the UGA staff during fall camp.
Aussie Brett Thorson, who is already over 21 years of age, also started at punter for the ‘Dawgs.
How rare was that Williams start? We’re going to focus some Intel on that a little further down the page.
The ‘Dawgs also played a total of 12 true freshmen against Oregon. That’s a stark rise from the six that got reps in the 2021 opener in Charlotte.
Kirby Smart’s program did not start any redshirt freshmen against Oregon. They started four redshirts versus Clemson in 2021. When the game ended, we saw that a whopping 17 players from the 2021 class also saw time in the runaway 49-3 rout of the Ducks.