15 of Georgia’s 25 ‘Dream Teamers’ likely to play this season

ATHENS — The Georgia coaching staff is currently going through the process of determining which players will be on the scout team and which will end up on the varsity, or travel squad.

Barring injury, this freshman is likely to play and play a lot. (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

Barring injury, this freshman is likely to play and play a lot. (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

As coach Mark Richt pointed out recently, this is always a difficult time for the coaches. While being placed on the scout team doesn’t guarantee a redshirt year, it’s a strong indication you won’t be counted on this season and often that can be a bitter pill to swallow. But you have 125 players per team, 85 on scholarship, dress out only 60 in conference games and can only play 11 at a time. So it’s a numbers game in which everybody can’t play.

While the coaches are still making their decisions, let’s go ahead and take a crack, centering on the freshman class. I encourage you guys to weigh in as well. This is a hypothesis at best.

Here’s a rundown of the first-year guys:

1. David Andrews, OL 6-3, 276 Wesleyan

One of two true freshmen linemen O-line coach Will Friend said are in position to suit up and possibly play. Andrews has impressed with his ability to play center but at this point would likely be the third man end behind senior Ben Jones and sophomore Dallas Lee.

2. Sterling Bailey, DE 6-4, 250 East Hall

Was recently medically cleared to participate following shoulder surgery last spring. Late start likely assures redshirt season.

3. Devin Bowman, CB 6-0, 175 Ridgeland

Was unable to attain academic eligibility until one day before preseason camp opened. Good athlete but late start puts him behind several other young players at the same position.

4. Chris Conley, WR 6-3, 185 North Paulding

One of just two signees to enroll early and participate in spring practice. Battling to get into six-man rotation at receiver. Regardless, likely to dress out and at least play special teams.

5. Isaiah Crowell, RB 6-0 210

Missed four practices with a groin injury but extremely impressive when full speed. Strong candidate not only to get significant playing time in opener but also to start at tailback.

6. Watts Dantzler, OL 6-7, 315 Dalton

Most impressive of freshmen offensive linemen, has trimmed down 20 pounds since reporting and is currently backing up Cordy Glenn at left tackle. Likely third in at that position. Dogs would move guard Kenarious Gates to left tackle should Glenn have to come out.

7. Zach DeBell, OL 6-7, 275 Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Excellent athlete but a little undersized to make an immediate contribution. Likely redshirt.

8. Ray Drew, DE-OLB 6-5, 250 Thomas County Central

This five-star signee was backing up Cornelius Washington at weakside linebacker and getting reps with the first team before a scooter crash left him with a separated shoulder. Back at practice in a non-contact capacity, still likely to dress out and contribute early if not in the first game.

9. Quintavious Harrow, DB 6-0, 185 Carver-Columbus

Best known as Crowell’s best friend from Columbus, Harrow is making transition from linebacker to defensive back. Likely redshirt.

10. Amarlo Herrera, LB 6-2, 215 North Clayton

Another impressive freshman in line to play until he was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Likely to play at least on special teams but maybe not first game.

11. John Jenkins, NG, 6-4, 243, Meriden, Conn.

Sidelined the last several days with a “mild” hamstring, Jenkins has been unable to unseat Kwame Geathers on the first team. Will be part of a two-man rotation at nose guard.

12. Christian LeMay, QB 6-3, 200 Matthews, N.C.

Also an early enrollee, LeMay has wowed coaches with his play-making ability but behind Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason in command of playbook. Will dress out as No. 3 quarterback but Georgia will try to redshirt him.

13. Hunter Long, OL 6-3, 293 Eads, Tenn.

Younger brother of redshirt freshman Austin Long. Third string at guard and not likely to play this year.

14. Nick Marshall, CB, 6-2, 200 Wilcox County

Would have been a certain contributor until a collision on a punt return left him concussed and forced him to miss four practices. Working at third-string cornerback and likely contributor on special teams.

15. Malcolm Mitchell, WR 6-1, 190 Valdosta

One of the early standouts among the freshmen, this explaosive athlete cooled midway through camp with a pulled leg muscle and occasional struggles with playbook. But a definite contributor who could end up starting in a three-receiver set.

16. Corey Moore, DB 6-1, 185 Griffin

An excellent football player who seems likely to start in the future. Battling to break through on No. 2 defense at safety and definite contrbutor on special teams.

17. Jay Rome, TE 6-6, 240 Valdosta

Fantastic athlete and future star at his position but currently buried behind three top-notch lettermen. Will get to prove his worth on special teams and occasional play on offense.

18. Chris Sanders, DB 6-0, 175 Tucker

Another one of Georgia’s bountiful supply of freakishly athletic skill players. A safety in high school, he has worked his way up at cornerback and threatening to make the two-deep. Will play special teams at the very least.

19. Justin Scott-Wesley, WR 6-1, 200Mitchell County

Raw athlete and one of fastest players on the team, Scott-Wesley is still learning the position. Would benefit from redshirt year.

20. Sanford Seay, WR 6-2, 190 Lee County

A late addition to the signing class who has proven even better than advertised. Likely redshirt.

21. Damian Swann, CB 6-0, 175 Grady

Would compete with Crowell and Mitchell for title of “most impressive freshman.” Swann will likely get snaps on defense in the first game and will be a prominent player on special teams.

22. Nathan Theus, SN 6-3, 255 Jacksonville

Backup to Ty Frix on all special teams snaps. Will dress out but will be redshirted if at all possible.

24. Xzavier Ward, OL 6-7, 260 Colquitt County

Still recovering from spring ACL surgery and has not practiced. Will redshirt.

25. Ramik Wilson, LB 6-3, 225 Tampa

Has been getting work at both inside and outside linebacker. Will back up both positions and contribute on special teams.

162 comments Add your comment

Big Dirty Dawg

August 23rd, 2011
3:54 pm

Yeeeehaaawww!!

***UGA FAN BEFORE 2008

August 23rd, 2011
3:57 pm

Dome to Dome

Win with Richt

Go Dawgs!!!

Billo

August 23rd, 2011
3:58 pm

pj

August 23rd, 2011
4:00 pm

Excited about the depth they can provide. That list is our future folks – let’s wish em well and root em on!

CDAWG

August 23rd, 2011
4:06 pm

2nd, if you ain’t first you are last!

rdez

August 23rd, 2011
4:06 pm

future? reads like right now.

DawginLex

August 23rd, 2011
4:08 pm

Sounds about like we expected. I hate it about Nick Marshall. He has the size and speed to be a shutdown corner who can deliver a hit too.

chickenman

August 23rd, 2011
4:09 pm

Crowell had been humbled by coaches this summer but everyone i talk to thats in camp is saying that he is everything you want in the #1 back in the nation… Excited to see the dawgs in 2 weeks

Why can't AJC spell?

August 23rd, 2011
4:12 pm

What is an “explaosive athlete”?

Let the kids play

August 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

I saw Sanford Seay play a couple of times when he was in highschool. He is a tough kid that runs excellent routes and has great hands.

Ace

August 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

0-2, what a great start, eh?

ViningsMike

August 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

This is the one of the strongest, fastest and most skilled teams to ever suit up at UGA! Look for a SEC and National Championship. Go DAWGS!

Bryan G.

August 23rd, 2011
4:15 pm

11 days. ELEVEN DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:16 pm

Jenkins a 243lb NG? Chip, hahaha! Now if you are going to have a typo make it a fanny one for sure! :)

merbertmoover

August 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

wattz dantzler’s the MAN! i used to watch him play at Dalton High, and i remember telling my friends i hadn’t seen a more impressive lineman since Conner Taylor of the 2003-05 teams….man, Watts is gonna make a name for himself fast, guaranteed!

AltamahaDawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

15? You just blew my mind.

padre

August 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

At lest six of these freshman must contribute this year. The best among them will be at uga only 3 yrs anyway. So, let them play to add needed depth. This team could surprise a lot of people. In fact, i believe uga will upset boise st. This could be a restorative win for cmr–and he knows it. Given a win over bs–the confidence this could provide for the sc game will make things really interesting. go dawgs–the talent and ability is there without question. You must step up and go for it.

merbertmoover

August 23rd, 2011
4:18 pm

and conner taylor was a BEAST! he had to be at least 315 as a sophmore in HS

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:22 pm

fanny one? Dang had a typo myself! Funny one it should have read!

Real Dawg Fan

August 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

I think we got some players…2011-12 season might just surprise some folks

Prozac Dawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Well just 11 days to go and I’m starting to get nervous (again). I think this group of fresmen will be very good. The question is when. A freshman is still a freshman. I surely would like for UGA to take down the Smurfs. I really am tired of their ‘Valley Girl’ rhetoric. One minute I drink deeply from the UGA Kool Aid well and then another I think they’re rated in the top 10 for a reason (give me a break)!!!

Bring Back Wally Butts

August 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Future looks bright at UGA. Need to keep up the recruiting because we need more athletes in 2012 (hate seeing all those guys leave the state but I know that we will be alright on NSD).

Mike

August 23rd, 2011
4:27 pm

Jenkins…243? I Think that’s a typo.

Bring Back Wally Butts

August 23rd, 2011
4:29 pm

Mike,

Dyslexic, just like me. 342 432 or 243. Doesn’t matter, he is still one BIG dude!

cattle dawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:30 pm

Happy to hear about Watts making an impact. I know his family is proud of him. What best place to tailgate around the dome? Any ideas?

nerd@gt

August 23rd, 2011
4:32 pm

I like turtles

Mike

August 23rd, 2011
4:33 pm

Andrews is probably backup at Center with Lee possibly backing up guard positions

BigTimeTechFan

August 23rd, 2011
4:33 pm

Chip – will any of Georgia Tech’s Freshmen play this year?
I think Jeff Greene may play, you were right when you said he was under-rated as a recruit last year, heard one of the major recruiting sites say this week he was way under valued by them at 3 stars.

TallyDawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:33 pm

@Lowcountry – I thought you intentionally typed “fanny one” as a joke! haha!

Delbert D.

August 23rd, 2011
4:34 pm

Prozac Dawg – There’s a lot of that feeling around. You just don’t know until the game is on.

Dawg Tell

August 23rd, 2011
4:35 pm

If they have the talent and can play on special teams,play them. If they are that good they will not be here after three years.Rome is another story. Three deep at TE and all can play. Yes he is good,but next year we will have only two.Lynch and himself. Go DAWGS!

Real Dawg Fan

August 23rd, 2011
4:35 pm

@Mike

He did spell explaosive athlete wrong so yeah, definite typo

Destin Dawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:36 pm

win the 1st two….. win the SEC East…. alot of these kids want to go to UGA… recruiting will take care of itself… Richt is honest with the kids and parents.. no grey shirts or scholly’s yanked… etc…..we only have like 20 scholarships for next year ??? Go Dawgs !! Richt for President !!!

TallyDawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:36 pm

Has anyone heard how Crowell’s and Samuel’s legs are doing? Last I heard was Crowell came back and had some good runs on Friday – haven’t heard anything about this week. Is he practicing full speed this week? Is Samuel still out injured?

Real Dawg Fan

August 23rd, 2011
4:36 pm

@cattledawg

Falcon landing

Vince Dooley

August 23rd, 2011
4:37 pm

It won’t make a difference. CMR can’t make use of all that talent…he’s lost his edge.

Real Dawg Fan

August 23rd, 2011
4:39 pm

@vince

I think Richt lost sight of his edge but this year, I think he’s got it back…..still yet to be proven on field but off over the summer it looks good

Bill King is a................

August 23rd, 2011
4:39 pm

Glad to see all the naysayers havent responded to this blog yet. Am I the only one getting pumped about our team?? Our weak link is going to be depth on the Oline and Mike Bobo. If the team can over come those two things…….we are going to have a heckuva year. The departures of Waushaun and Caleb is huge for us. Those two guys contributed to the bad attitudes we had the last year or so. Our defense is shaping up to be a heckuva lot better in Granthams 2nd year. We all knew there would be growing pains when we switched to the 34 last year. Now we will reap the benefits of that. Our Dline is going to be awesome…..who would have ever thought that with all the hype around John Jenkins coming to Athens….that we already had a guy better than him on the squad?? And now we have Jenkins too!! Think about our LB’s. Big Jarvis, Ogletree, Washington, Ray Drew, who else am i forgetting??? And our secondary will looks much better this year given we have some guys upfront that can bring the pressure to their QB’s. And then, we have Coach Lily ramrodding the special teams. We are putting the better players on special teams now versus all the backups. And we have a helluva placekicker too. Hopefully we wont be needing Drew as much this year as in years past. Our new S&C program will prove to be huge for us in the 4th quarter. UGA will not be the doormat for all of the top 25 teams this year. We will not be a given win for anybody. I hope SC thinks they are going to run us over when they come to Athens. We will give them a colossal butt whuppin!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RedandBlackDAWG

August 23rd, 2011
4:39 pm

11 more days and then we shall see. Gonna be a lot of name changes on these blogs. The cover up is going to be bigger than Watergate was. Get all the negative crap on these blogs you can now, nathsayers, because soon you will have to make up a lot of your facts, I think. UGA is going to be a good team. You will regret not having let sleeping DAWGS lay.

GO DAWGS and GATA

DawginLex

August 23rd, 2011
4:39 pm

Saturday at Picture Day, Murray told me that Crowell put on a show that morning at practice.

Nice young man BTW. Very genuine. Hutson Mason is every bit of 6′4″. Murray is about 6′1″. I stood next to both of them.(Yes I had my picture made and NO I will not submit it to the blog)

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:40 pm

TallyDawg,

I am not smart enough to make that good of a typo…

Real Dawg Fan

August 23rd, 2011
4:42 pm

@Bill King -

I cant believe I actually read all of that but….GO DAWGS!!

RedandBlackDAWG

August 23rd, 2011
4:44 pm

Destin Dawg,

I think we have a few more scholarships than that now, due to the attrition we had so far. We should be close to the limit of available ones. I could be wrong but since we did give 8 walk ons scholarships, it appears we have 25 to give next year for 2012.

GO DAWGS and GATA

Bill King is a................

August 23rd, 2011
4:44 pm

And BTW….we have a 2nd year Aarron Murray with two bad arse running backs behind him in Samuel and Crowell. And have any of you actually looked at who’s going to be leading them?? Big bad Bruce Figgins. I cant wait to see how the Boise Defense handles that. And then our receiving corps has to be one of the top ones inthe country. We are strong everywhere on this team except the Oline and Bobo. And we have the right attitude to dominate!! If you can get pumped about this team, i suggest you go pull for Tech!!

Birddawg

August 23rd, 2011
4:44 pm

Its good to see some of the young guys get a chance to contribute right away, especially Isaiah Crowell and Malcolm Mitchell who will be thrown into the SEC fire right off the bat. Go Dawgs!!!

Nothing Could Be FIner

August 23rd, 2011
4:46 pm

Thats a lot of freshmen.

Makes one think that the playbook will be “dumbed down” a bit for these guys.

Joey

August 23rd, 2011
4:48 pm

I love Murray, but if he goes down, I think Mason can handle the job. I saw him in high school, and that boy was born to be a QB.

Stinger2

August 23rd, 2011
4:48 pm

I love to see the “Dawg” fans all hyped up. With the Dream Team they will at least go 10-2 in regular season.
They are in the top 25 in both major preseason polls.
All has been well in Athens during the off season. What more could they want or need?

Bill King is a................

August 23rd, 2011
4:50 pm

@nothing……..sometimes less is more!! All we need is Figgins leading Samuel. And occassionally hitting the post or the TE’s in the flats. Thats pretty simple to me. To bad Bobo doesnt get it

Power RANGERS galore

August 23rd, 2011
4:51 pm

All da way turnt up….. not