Tech or Georgia: Who’s getting most impact from new players?

We’re not even a third of the way into the 2009 college football season but it is fairly apparent what new players are going to make the major contributions at Georgia and Georgia Tech. But who would you say will make the most significant impact of the first-year players at the local D-1 universities when it’s all said and done?

I’ll nominate a few players and let you guys tell me what you think. Feel free to add whomever you want.

GEORGIA TECH

  • RB Anthony Allen: The 6-foot, 231-pound junior transfer from Louisville has proven to be a big-play maker for the Yellow Jackets. Through two games he is averaging 18.5 yards per carry rushing, 25 yards per reception. He went 82 yards for a touchdown on his first carry against Clemson last Thursday. At 19.8  yards per touch, Tech might want to think about getting him more touches.
  • LB Julian Burnett: Tech’s version of Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran in that Burnett is not very tall (5-foot-10) but he’s compact (220 pounds) and quick. The Macon-Westside product has 10 tackles and a half-sack despite playing as a backup to junior Brad Jefferson at inside linebacker.
  • WR Stephen Hill: The big target (6-4, 200) from Lithonia has yet to make his first catch but he is getting a lot of playing time early and has proven to be an effective downfield blocker, as evidenced by the Jackets’ many long plays. One of the team’s fastest players, he’s gotten the ball once on a reverse but it lost a yard.
  • *DB/PR Jerrard Tarrant: I’m somewhat hesitant to include this cornerback from Carrollton because, after being redshirted as a freshman, he missed last season while settling a legal issue. But the charges against Tarrant were dropped and this is indeed his first season on the field for the Jackets. And he’s been all over that field. He leads the nation with a 43-yard punt return average, including touchdowns on two of his four returns. As a starter on defense he has 11 tackles and two pass break-ups.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS

  • CB Branden Smith: Smith is still learning the ropes on defense (one tackle) but he’s making an impact with the ball under his arm (provided it stays there). He’s third among Bulldogs in all-purpose yardage with 163, or 81.5 per game, and is averaging 16.3 yards per touch. Included is a 61-yard TD run off a reverse last week and 84 yards on four kickoff returns. Early comparisons to former Bulldog Champ Bailey seem warranted.
  • TE Orson Charles: The Tampa native is second on the team in receiving with four catches for 84 yards, with a long of 25 yards against Oklahoma State. With as unusual speed for his size (6-3, 230), Charles is a nightmare matchup for both linebackers and safeties a threat to go all the way every time.
  • WR Marlon Brown: Heralded as the most important member of the 2009 class, Brown did not play in the opener and got only spot duty against South Carolina. He has yet to record a reception but Georgia coaches still believe he’ll become the big-play threat everyone envisioned when he signed out of Memphis as the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee.
  • DE Cornelius Washington: After a redshirt year that included a forearm injury and shoulder surgery, we’re finally starting to see what all the fuss is about. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, who ran a 10.6 100 meters in high school, recorded his first career sack and had three tackles against South Carolina last week. He figures to get more playing time with the loss of senior starter Rod Battle to a season-ending knee injury.

Like I said, feel free to nominate other players and tell me why you think they’ll have a major impact on the season. The one prerequisite is that this is the players’ first season on the football field.

51 comments Add your comment

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

September 16th, 2009
2:42 pm

<———- do players want to play in front of 92,734 REAL FANS or 35,000 dorks??

Pi$$onaDawg

September 16th, 2009
2:43 pm

Jerrand has showed some real ability with the ball in his hands. I hope he will get a pic-6 at Miami Thursday Night.

Harry

September 16th, 2009
2:59 pm

jUMBO BULLDAWGS
I THIK THE BULLDAWGS WIL WHEN A NATINAL CHAMPEEIONSHIP THIS YEAR. THEY ARE SO BETTER THEN THEM YELLO JAKETS. GO BULLDAWGS

——–
typical redneck UGA fan…

Harry

September 16th, 2009
3:00 pm

B smith has made several mistakes. Trying to catch the kickoff from his own teammate. Taking out the ball 9 yards deep every time, and not getting over the 15 yard line…fumble. You could blame him for the Ok st. defeat.

Rusty Squidbillie

September 16th, 2009
3:07 pm

Man we got a big stadium. The only problem is what you have sit next to when you get there.

Nick

September 16th, 2009
3:09 pm

Smith wasn’t the cause of the loss at OKST. That was a group effort. His mistakes are correctible and coachable so no worries. I was amazed at his speed. I think he may be the fastest player they’ve ever had there. Anyway, moving on, I have been very impressed with Charles. I think he will be as advertised and after watching high school highlight video of Brown on youtube, he is by far my most anticipated player to see play, followed up by Ealey. I am still not sold on our running game and so I want to see what he can do.
Go Dawgs!

Tech's gonna open it up! What promises?

September 16th, 2009
3:11 pm

WR Stephen Hill: The big target (6-4, 200) from Lithonia has yet to make his first catch but he is getting a lot of playing time early and has proven to be an effective downfield blocker, as evidenced by the Jackets’ many long plays. One of the team’s fastest players, he’s gotten the ball once on a reverse but it lost a yard

Nick

September 16th, 2009
3:11 pm

Harry, you’re an idiot. Do you actually think that wasn’t a Techerhead posing? Come on. Someone that dumb can’t access the Internet. Who gets on it for you?

C tha 1

September 16th, 2009
3:11 pm

O. Charles is the real deal. But unlike most bulldog fans I won’t sleep on GT. It was an ugly win last weak, but CPJ triple option offense is design specifically for ball control to win ugly if necessary.

Lars Taint

September 16th, 2009
3:17 pm

Harry,
Your stupidity is an embarrassment to Tech fans. First, Jumbo Bulldawgs was a joke by a Tech fan. Second, how do you blame Smith for the Ok State defeat? His fumble was against South Carolina and I doubt the 10 extra yards he would have gotten for taking a touch back instead of running the kick out to the 10 yard line against OSU was the differnce in the game.

matt

September 16th, 2009
3:26 pm

I am a UGA fan, but Julian Burnette is the real deal. Coached him in middle school. He is a great kid, smart, strong, respectful. Hate that Georgia let him get away. Good luck to him and Go Dawgs!

Jeff

September 16th, 2009
3:33 pm

The difference between the Jackettes and Dawgs…..92,000 vs 25,000 plus giveaway tickets at Kroger Stores. 7-1 Dawgs including a 51-7 smack down. Tailgating in Athens vs Tailgating at the Varsity or I-75/85. Class conference vs ACC coastal swamp and ACC Atlantic swamp. Members like Clemson and Free Shoes University. Fans like Saint Simon- a joke in itself that even Techies cant stand.

Terry

September 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

Jeff nailed it- I can only add….UGA’s MVP for 4 years in a row: REGGIE…..REGGIE……REGGIE Jackette!

Trent

September 16th, 2009
3:37 pm

I caught Reggies pass on 4th and dumb. I was in section 129…row 22 seat 15

UGA's a joke

September 16th, 2009
3:44 pm

45-42!!!! hahahahahahaha!!!

Road Scholar

September 16th, 2009
3:57 pm

AJC; Will you please fire your whole IT staff for not being able to keep your site up, for the lack of response in fixing your site problems (the travel page list of lowest fares ends at the letter C), having the wrong link attached to the headline, etc. Stop hiring those cheap employees (probably UGA graduates from the school of french fries at their McDonald’s Business School)and hire some competent people.

At least the talk of a National Championship in football at Georgia will have to wait for the offseason. As for filling up their stadium, while there is a housing slump, I hear that the trailer businesses are doing great here in GA.

juvenal

September 16th, 2009
4:06 pm

i feel so bad that i’m not part of a big herd i think i’ll become Chinese…

Da U

September 16th, 2009
4:14 pm

ACC all the way, the heck with GA!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 16th, 2009
4:31 pm

ACC = androids – clowns – clunkers

HOW BOUT THEM DOGS!!!!

September 16th, 2009
4:40 pm

Trent, Terry, Jeff, and Nick you are all correct men! Reggie is without a doubt UGA’s MVP, over his four year span at the nerd school! Can’t wait till dumb jones, idiot nesbitt, and gay dwyer get a beating from UGA’s D, which is lead by the JUNIOR RENNIE CURRAN a.k.a. the biggest hitter ever!!!!! Also, our offense will run all over their defense with simple passes to the SOPHOMORE A.J. GREEN a.k.a. the best hands ever!!!!! Can’t wait to see just the nerds on their cheap laptops be the only techies left in the mini stadium after we rape them BIG TIME!!!!!! 51-7 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gt76

September 16th, 2009
5:12 pm

S E C – Schools Educating Criminals

Techjock

September 16th, 2009
5:13 pm

If you live for UGA football you have a sad life. The ACC is not the SEC I will give you that, but who cares…I am so proud to play in the SEC and get beatin up by the First Tier Teams…sad…sad…Nerds Rule.

sneak

September 16th, 2009
5:16 pm

i want see more short passes out of our offense until i see it im going to write it go gt

Gold Whitey

September 16th, 2009
5:26 pm

I’m excited about Stephen Hill getting a chance to get the ball. I’m dissapointed with Nesbitts passes though. I’m glad Tech finally has a weapon returning punts, that alone will win some games we would normally lose..i.e. Clemson.
Brandon Smith is something to watch though I’ll admit that. He reminds me of Percy Harvin when he took off against S.C.

GT

September 16th, 2009
5:46 pm

To HELL with Georgia!

Nothing cute about a fat little inbred mutt wandering around Athens – their Bulldog ain’t looking so good either.

juvenal

September 16th, 2009
6:06 pm

1985, 1990, 2000-at the start of the 4th, nobody in sanford but Tech fans..

TXDawg

September 16th, 2009
6:22 pm

So every other year in between where were those nerds juvenal?

TXDawg

September 16th, 2009
6:24 pm

That’s really low to bring up something from his pre-college or rather childhood years……wow, I can’t believe how low you stooped about Champ!

Sautee Dawg

September 16th, 2009
6:31 pm

Chip, would you please see about getting the web site fixed so Road Scholar can find him a trailer?
BTW Chip, Cornelius Washington was in on the 2nd sack as well on saturday against SC.

Wally Butts was a womanizing drunk

September 16th, 2009
6:37 pm

ooooooh, yeah, TX.

Champ’s “incident” took place a month before his 18th birthday. Tarrant’s was a month before his 19th.

BFD.

GT Athlectic Supporter

September 16th, 2009
7:09 pm

My fellow alternative lifestyle Techies and I will enjoy a large sausage at our TAIL GAYTING party when we play those little Hurricanes Thursday night. Oh gollie gee I hope we win. Kiss Kiss to my Techie ball players. ;)

Left Handed Complement

September 16th, 2009
8:14 pm

Aaron Murray and we all know how good he will be. He is in Stafford’s league. If he plays this year wow.!

Habersham Dawg

September 16th, 2009
8:17 pm

As a Dawg Fan, I am impressed by Tarrant’s return stats after two games. I’m wondering (even if it’s premature) what the ACC record and national season record is for Punts Returned for TDs and PR average. If he was to get close or even set those records, it would be a very noteworthy accomplishment. Can you tell me what that is Chip? Heck, does anyone from GT know what the school records are?

Footballnut29

September 16th, 2009
8:20 pm

The sad part is you moron puppies forgot last time we played you pups lost 45 – 42

Footballnut29

September 16th, 2009
8:22 pm

It was a cold November day. One team said that the other team had a high school offense. Little did they know they had a high school defense of their own.

Footballnut29

September 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

I wonder if the refs wouldn’t of tilted the game if South Carolina would of won.

A real Bulldog

September 16th, 2009
8:40 pm

It is comical how all you bloggers pretend to be Georgia fans and then blast the Dogs coaches and the team. Truthfully real Dogs don’t do that. We have had great years and not so great, but we still are loyal to the whole program. Go Dawgs

Footballnut29Lover

September 16th, 2009
9:02 pm

Footballnut29,

You are the typical moron Tech fan. Win once in 8 years and now Tech is the powerhouse. You will never consistently win more than 7-8 games. Your program is a joke and always will be. POS stadium and a bunch of dorks playing hide the salami with each other at the library. Can’t wait to see all that Red and Black down at The Joke at the Coke this year since you clowns can’t fill up that place you call a stadium.

Hugedawgfan

September 16th, 2009
9:06 pm

Dang, pretty pitiful at the pot shots taken at each school by their so called fans. Both GT and UGA have young playmakers and it is very exciting to see both teams youngsters contribute. Think there may be more athleticism at UGA but also think right now CPJ is getting more from his team. Early in season and hope UGA improves on both sided of the ball greatly. Now go beat the piss out of those HOGS!!!!! GO DAWGS, SIC “EM. WOOF! WOOF! WOOF!

Frank

September 16th, 2009
9:26 pm

juvenal every year we play at the joke, there are more UGA fans in the stands than there are bug fans. Your envy of your big brother is laughable.
It is funny to me how the gtu fans have replaced scu fans as the most delusional in college football. I must admit that scu has had more success against UGA during the last 18 years (with out cheating as per the NCAA) than has gtu. I really don’t hate tech, it goes much deeper than that.
THWGT!!!

Habersham Dawg

September 16th, 2009
9:44 pm

Went and found some of the information myself, Chip. The GaTech season record for PR TDs is 2, so apparently Tarrant has al;ready tied the GT season record. Here’s hoping he breaks it Thursday night. The GT season record for PR average is 22.6 yards. He’s got 9, 10 games to go, but I hope he has a chance of getting that record also. Good luck Tarrant.

Big Dawg

September 16th, 2009
10:52 pm

Some lunatic above states, “At least the talk of a National Championship in football at Georgia will have to wait for the offseason.”

They don’t understand the power of the SEC. We’re going to run the table and will be in the National Championship game against either USC or Texas in all likelihood. 1 loss is not a deal-breaker in our conference – especially an early loss on the road to a strong opponent.

Brent Cunningham

September 17th, 2009
8:25 am

Thanks for that one big dog.

Stinger

September 17th, 2009
8:31 am

GT76
I disagree, the SEC doesn’t educate anyone. It is an academic desert.

Stinger

September 17th, 2009
8:34 am

Big Dawg
The Sagarin Ratings rate conferences and the PAC 10 is higher than SEC, By the way the ACC is just barely behind the SEC at Third.

Stinger

September 17th, 2009
8:38 am

UGA hasn’t had a NC since 1980, when they cheated and gave Hershel a new car, so that means that it wasn’t ligit and well…. it has been a long time since UGA actually won anything without cheating.

Hey Dogtards

September 17th, 2009
8:40 am

“They don’t understand the power of the SEC. We’re going to run the table and will be in the National Championship game against either USC or Texas in all likelihood. 1 loss is not a deal-breaker in our conference – especially an early loss on the road to a strong opponent.”

No, we understand the power of the SEC (lol). We also understand the power of uog’s football team this year, which doesn’t have a snowballs chance at running anything. You lost to a decent Ok St team and barely beat a mediocre SC team at home, giving up a brazillion points to a team that scored only a touchdown on a 15 yard drive against a very mediocre NCSU.

1 loss may not be a deal breaker, but you are delusional if you think uog will end up with one loss.

Sammy Jones

September 17th, 2009
6:45 pm

Frank

September 18th, 2009
6:49 am

So techmites, how did that perfect option work out against UM? Or LSU for that matter. It seems a team with a strong d-line pretty well shuts down your little offense. You must play a few more teams with strong d-lines this year including your last regular season game. Let the beatdowns resume.

THWGT!!!

JEREMY CHANDLER

September 18th, 2009
12:36 pm

call the NERD HERD hotline @ 478 228 0677 or 478 361 0453