When the freshmen on the 2014 University of Georgia football team stepped on campus back in June, several were already touted by fans and coaches as prime candidates to see playing time immediately. And during his Media Day press conference on Tuesday, head coach Mark Richt named a few that he is not shy about admitting will see the field this coming Saturday and beyond.
The question was framed asking which freshman besides Lorenzo Carter, who Richt has already gone on record to say will get playing time right away, will not even be considered for a redshirt in 2014.
“It looks like [Dominick] Sanders will play,” Richt said. “Those two tailbacks [Nick Chubb and Sony Michel] will play. It looks like [Jeb] Blazevich will play. I don’t know about the offensive linemen [Isaiah] Wynn and [Dyshon] Sims but they’re in the two-deep and it’s possible that they could play. I’d say Isaiah McKenzie will [also] get in the game and play.”
Sanders has come up time and time again as a formidable option in a secondary that will be chalk full of new faces. Chubb and Michel have shown since day one of camp that they may be too valuable to sit out a year. Blazevich will add much needed depth to a tight end position of desperate need. Wynn and Sims will also act as much needed depth for an offensive line that is replacing three starters. And McKenzie seems poised to re-light a fire in a kickoff return game that has been absent in Athens for a couple of years now.
While the amount of playing time for each is very unsure at the moment, the creation of experience and veteran leadership seems to be in full-swing with the class of 2014, who will not see their junior or senior years for some time.