July 25, 2007

Freshman hope for immediate impact

Every year at Georgia a group of young talented athletes hits the practice field for the first time in the red and black in preparation for their true freshman season. Only a select few, however, see the field every year. In 2006, only six true freshmen played and only two, Matthew Stafford and Kris Durham, started games.

Head coach Mark Richt said last year that he redshirted too many players, so Georgia fans may see more new faces on the sidelines this year compared to 2006. With fall camp fast approaching, UGASports takes a look at the top incoming true freshmen according to their teammates.

One name that has stood out from the other true freshmen since the first day of summer workouts is Bruce Figgins. The young tight end from Columbus, Georgia could crack the two-deep at tight end before the end of fall camp. Starting tight end Tripp Chandler's status for the early part of the season is in doubt because of his arrest for being a minor in possession of alcohol. His absence may allow Figgins to move up in the rotation.

Starting free safety C.J. Byrd has been impressed with Figgins work ethic and his position coach David Johnson has been talking him up to the team.

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