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
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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