Who will be Dogs’ true freshman impact players?

Will true freshman Malcolm Mitchell make an impact at wide receiver? (Chip Towers / AJC)

Will true freshman Malcolm Mitchell make an impact at wide receiver? (Chip Towers / AJC)

ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff took a look at true freshmen who could have an impact on their teams this fall, and for the Georgia Bulldogs he singled out running back Isaiah Crowell (no kidding!) and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

Crowell, he says, “arrives in Athens with a ton of hype. Georgia has yet to find its feature back and Crowell has all the talent to be that player. Some think he could start by the midpoint of the season.”

Mitchell, he notes, “played both sides of the ball in high school, but Georgia’s staff really likes what he could do at receiver. He’s a tremendous athlete and will get a chance to earn playing time for the fall, especially with some unproven receivers already on Georgia’s roster.”

Crowell and Mitchell are probably the safest bets among the true freshmen to have a big impact, but who else from their class do you see getting a chance at considerable playing time?

Could Damian Swann or Nick Marshall enter the picture at the unsettled safety spot? Marshall, of course, already has been mentioned as also getting possible spot duty on offense. What about the Rev. Ray Drew at outside linebacker? Can Georgia keep him off the field? And considering how thin the Dogs are on the OL, might Zach DeBell or Watts Dantzler have a shot at making an impact?

(Sorry, originally had the injured Xzavier Ward listed there when I meant DeBell.)

Feel free to share your thoughts on Georgia’s true freshmen.

GETTING READY FOR GAME DAY

If you’re not sure yet where you’re going to park this season, you need to know that UGA’s Parking Services department will offer season parking spots in its Athens decks starting July 11 on a first come, first served basis. Up for grabs will be parking permits in four locations on campus: the North Campus, Carlton Street, Performing Arts Center and South Campus parking decks. South deck permits are limited to four per customer. The Hull Street deck is not available this year. The price is $120 for all six home games, plus a shipping and handling charge. Permits will be sold online at gameday.uga.edu (click in the parking tab).

JACK DAVIS PRINTS

Prints by UGA alum Jack Davis are going to be auctioned in Statham. (University of Georgia)

Prints by UGA alum Jack Davis are going to be auctioned in Statham. (University of Georgia)

An auction of Georgia Bulldogs prints by famed illustrator Jack Davis is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Breffle Auction Co. at 1906 Railroad Street in Statham, just outside Athens. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the prints are part of the estate auction of a former publisher who worked with Davis, a UGA alum known for his great Mad Magazine covers. John Breffle estimates 1,000 prints will be available, with 15 to 20 different selections of Davis’ work, and some are autographed by Davis. Stacks of the prints (about 10 to 15 per stack) will be auctioned and Breffle expects them to go for between $200 and $300. Nothing dresses up a Bulldog room like an original Jack Davis!

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DawgNation2011

June 30th, 2011
10:40 am

DawgNation2011

June 30th, 2011
10:42 am

I hope our Freshman make a huge impact for Georgia this year. We need all the help we can get the first two games if CMR lets most of them play.

me

June 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Caleb Queen is a cancer.

dawgincarolina

June 30th, 2011
10:46 am

i really hope they could fit ray drew in especially if this jarvis jones crap plays out in a bad way. i still dont like depending on true freshman, but we gotta break in the pups somehow im sure richt and the bulldogs staff have a good plan for them all

VDawg

June 30th, 2011
10:47 am

I am almost positive Wats Danzler will have impact this year. Also – don’t count out Ray Drew. This guy is a born leader and has Godly work ethic. he will see playing time. You don’t redshirt a manchild like that.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
10:48 am

Coach Richt is the problem! UGA is the #1 underachieving football program in the SEC. has been for the last 20 years. Thanks for nothing Richt. 2-8 vs, our biggest rival is a joke. no other way to put it. Bring on the Richt apologist…… you guys are the reason we have not fired this clown and we are doomed to suffer through yet another season of mediocrity because of it.

dawgincarolina

June 30th, 2011
10:51 am

dont get it- lets see you go out there and coach 85 19-25 year olds for ten years…..im pretty sure richt would coach you under the bus

JB

June 30th, 2011
10:52 am

Bill,

I believe that X Ward is out for this season with an injury. Hence, he’ll be redshirting.

HBTD!!!

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
10:53 am

And we have our first Richt ACE kisser. Hope you like losing to UF every year you doosh.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
10:54 am

You pay me 3 mill a year and I’ll give it a try. I bet I could beat UCF!!!

B. Scott

June 30th, 2011
10:54 am

I have seen Malcolm Mitchell play many times and I can assure you he is the real deal. He is super fast and he makes plays and is a great kid.

B. Scott

June 30th, 2011
10:54 am

Enter your comments here

outkasted

June 30th, 2011
10:55 am

well get over there and coach em up “don’t get it” u seem to have all the answers

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outkasted

June 30th, 2011
10:58 am

Nick marshall and Swann and any one on defense to make an impact also i see mitchell being the 3rd receiver…. all i know is the season getting closer as we flip the calendar to July

dawgincarolina

June 30th, 2011
10:58 am

ok idk if you remember but from the 70’s to 80’s we owned florida, so they have us these past twenty, dont get me wrong im not hung up on the past but im not going to bad mouth our coach because we have been on a downslope for a couple years, this happens all the time in all football programs, the people that stick it out and always hope for the best are the true fans.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
10:59 am

@outkasted – only one answer: get rid of Richt. No other coach in the SEC has done less with more. I blame fans like you for accepting mediocrity and keeping this joke of a coach.

Athens= God's Country

June 30th, 2011
11:00 am

Bill

X Ward is recovering from a knee injury. COME ON MAN!

JBD

June 30th, 2011
11:01 am

I can’t stand the “we’re 2-8 against our biggest rival” comments. Other than the W column, it’s not like Florida really has dominated the Richt era. Yes, there were 1 or 2 games where they solidly beat the dawgs, but for the most part, each and every game is close. I believe that the bye week Florida has before each of the WLOCP’s is what has given them the edge over the last 20 years. Look it up. There have only been a couple of seasons where the bye week has come at a different time. If you don’t think an extra week to practice/recover is worth at least a TD, you’ll fooling yourself.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
11:01 am

@DIC – these are not weather patterns. It takes man made events to change these cycles. usualy these series take a turn due to a coaching change. what happened when dooley left? what happened when spurrier got to UF….DUHHHHH

dawgincarolina

June 30th, 2011
11:02 am

whos your team dont get it?

ddawg

June 30th, 2011
11:03 am

Don’t get it, you truly are a moron. You and your pessimistic, ignorant and pathetic views on Coach Richt are on the far edge of stupidity. What are you going to whine about when we win the SEC East? Coach Richt is not the problem, however doom and gloom fans like you are. Go be a fan for some other team, give them all the support and optimism you give the dogs.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
11:03 am

JBD – Your happy with “close” are you kidding me? thats exactly what im talking about. its our fans that except this trash. I can tell you for a fact no Bama or Florida fan say “close” is good enough for them.

RedPantsDawg

June 30th, 2011
11:04 am

I don’t care who makes the biggest impact as long as it translates into WINS. There has been far too many losses in Athens since 2008.

Spike 80DF

June 30th, 2011
11:05 am

The Pastor of Disaster (Drew) will probably start game 1 at OLB once Jarvis is suspended…I wonder if Corey Moore will get early PT since our S position has been lacking the past 2 years.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
11:06 am

@DDawg – The east was terrible this year and we still couldnt do it. so when do you think we might do it again. sorry for my stupidity are we not 2-8 vs florida? did i get my facts wrong?

JBD

June 30th, 2011
11:07 am

No, I never said I was happy with “close”. The point that I was trying to make is that I believe it’s hard to overcome a team that’s as good as Florida, when you give them 2 weeks to prepare each year and and play in their backyard. “close” is only good in horse shoes and hand grenades. Richts record agains UF seems about right to me, considering the circumstances.

Destin Dawg

June 30th, 2011
11:07 am

Jacksonville is a HOME game for Fla… should play home/home or Jax/Atl……its made a difference in the Iron Bowl !!… Gatta Win this year.. play’em all play’em early.. no seniority system.. more aggressive play calling.. kicking defense/ turnovers wins field position and Games.. Go dawgs !!

Athens= God's Country

June 30th, 2011
11:07 am

don’t get it

You’re right, you do not get it. Go root for an NFL team. This is college. You are either all in or not at all. PICK ONE!!!

Bring Back Wally Butts

June 30th, 2011
11:08 am

dont get it June 30th, 2011 @10:54 am

You really don’t get it, do you? “You” couldn’t beat anyone because “you” wouldn’t be on the field, just a bunch of 18-23 year old kids that “you” are pompous enough to think that “you” could coach up better than the current staff.

Grow up.

JBD

June 30th, 2011
11:09 am

Don’t get it, who do you propose UGA should hire as the HC after letting CMR go?

TampaDAWG

June 30th, 2011
11:09 am

I also believe Justin Scott-Wesley could have an impact as well, with his type of speed he could be in the return game and also come in at 4WR sets and stretch the field. Don’t forget Jay Rome as well.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
11:09 am

It sure didnt take UF long to replace Ron Zook. now those fans who wanted him gone – were they not tru fans? i mean he beat richt all but one year. I guess florida should have “stuck it out and hoped for the best” with him. Of course they would have two fewer national titles right now but hey, who’s counting?

Athens= God's Country

June 30th, 2011
11:11 am

Please go root for the Gators. They love fair weather fans like you.

bkdawg

June 30th, 2011
11:12 am

“dont get it”, your moniker says is all.

Any word on Ronnie Outlaw’s status? With the OL starting to thin, I would like to see one of the trio of 6-7 300lbs freshmen step up, I would put them head to head with Jenkins everyday, you play like you practice.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
11:15 am

” Richt’ srecord seems about right to me considering the circumstances”? What that UF always has better coaching? Hey – they extra week is huge. I’ll give you that but its not 41-10 huge. We loss to the worst team florida had in the last 10 years last year. For all of you who think I’m not a real fan, I have to feel sorry for you. You just dont seen to understand that at LSU. BAMA, FL, they demand more from thier coaches. UGA fans seem to be happy with 2nd or 3rd in the east every year. yes, I know richt won the east a few times but that was before the meyers, spurriers and sabans showed up.

DollarDawg43

June 30th, 2011
11:16 am

You guys need to ignore don’t get it: Never argue with an idiot. He will just drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

fire Richt

June 30th, 2011
11:18 am

@DGI – Hey man, I dont get it either. Look at these so called fans defending the most underachieveing coach in the SEC. It is just sad. If he were not a bible thumper they wouldnt be doing it, I assure you. Your like me we WANT TO WIN and that somehow makes us fair weather fans.

JDawg1785

June 30th, 2011
11:19 am

Any word on Amarlo Herrera? Seems like he’s got what it takes to be an impact player.

dont get it

June 30th, 2011
11:19 am

@dollar dawg – seems to me your ignoring the direction of this program and blindly following an “idiot” in to mediocrity.

bottom line

June 30th, 2011
11:22 am

Saban, Surrier, Mullen, Petrino, MUSCHAMP and maybe dooley can all coach circles around Richt and we have seen our last championship under Richt.

C. Brown

June 30th, 2011
11:22 am

Losing Jarvis really hurts this defense. We will be better but only slightly. By the UT game there will be freshman playing everywhere and there will be stuggles. So let’s not predict any champoinships this year for sure. I guess my question is what will McGarity do? Will he follow the Gator model or will be be a Mike Adams puppet? Who knows….

Dawglasville

June 30th, 2011
11:24 am

“If you argue with someone who is smart you have a chance. If you argue with someone who thinks they are smart you will never win,” J.E. Sutherland.

Douglas dawg

June 30th, 2011
11:24 am

@ DGI – you seem to be the only realist here today. UGA is the only school in the sec where criticisng the HC is a sin. I too “dont get it” What are these people so heck bent on defending him for? He should have been fired after we lost 41-10 in jax a few years ago.

Destin Dawg

June 30th, 2011
11:25 am

we need to win THIS YEAR.. favorable schedule.. Grantham’s 2nd year with 3/4 defense.. Junkyard Dawgs are back !! Discipline (AD) and S&C was lacking last year… that’s been fixed !! Go Dawgs !!

DollarDawg43

June 30th, 2011
11:25 am

We need to step up huge in two areas, regardless of who makes the impact. Obviously we are thin up front offensively so, freshman or not, someone needs to be inspired to and able to make a position their own and dominate from it.

The other area is the defense as a whole and I believe we’ll see a tremendous improvement there. Make no mistake about it, we will show some offensive inconsistency early on. The defense needs to take it upon themselves to take control of early situations and operate with the mindset that their ability to control the game is a hallmark of this team.

Bulldog Parking

June 30th, 2011
11:25 am

don’t get it must be one of those Cam Newton nutt rag fans!!

kerryb

June 30th, 2011
11:26 am

Bill, great reporting and nice research. I guess you haven’t heard that Ward tore his ACL during the winter and had to have it reconstructed. I believe he will be a redshirt this year. Who you might be thinking about is Zach DeBell. I last heard he was up to almost 290 lbs after being on Coach T’s program during the winter. He might have a shot at RT.

Douglas dawg

June 30th, 2011
11:26 am

@ Dawglasville – if you will take your Richt colored glasses off and make a real point someone may take you seriously. Do you like losing to Uf every year? do you like the independence bowl and even losing to UCF?

ATL XMAN

June 30th, 2011
11:27 am

his dawgs beat saben 3 times 1 time for a sec championship..richt is doing just fine. and will start playing for championships real soon. his record speaks for it’s self. one way you can tell a coach still has it is by how well he recruits. good players are still wanting to play for richt and unlike “dont get it” they do get it. they know richt can coach.