Georgia football players poised to make a leap in their second year with the program (2024)

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Coaches often point out that the biggest growth for a team comes between the first and second game of the season. They have some level of experience nd thus have a better understanding of how to handle the intensity that comes with game action.

The same can be said as well for players who are entering their second year in the Georgia program. Freshmen struggle to see the field for a variety of reasons. There’s no shame in not breaking through immediately.

With roster turnover being what it is in the current day and age, Georgia is counting on a number of second-year players to make big leaps for the program. In 2023, wide receiver Dillon Bell, offensive tackle Earnest Greene, linebacker Jalon Walker and cornerback Daylen Everette all fit that mold.

And the Bulldogs have plenty players looking to do the same this coming season.

Running back Roderick Robinson

Robinson was limited to just five games in his first year in Athens due to injury. With Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards both moving on to the NFL, Georgia is going to have plenty of carries to hand out.

While Trevor Etienne may be viewed as the lead running back, Robinson showed this spring that he’s going to be a factor in Georgia’s backfield. His physical running style should pair well with Etienne, giving Georgia a tandem it can trust in the running game.

Wide receiver Anthony Evans

Georgia’s wide receiver room is crowded and it may be tough for Evans to make the leap Bell made last season.

But he still merits inclusion on this list because of his game-breaking speed. While he may not rack up many catches, Evans did display some impressive versatility as a punt returner. With Mekhi Mews now at Houston, Evans should have that role full-time. At the very least, he should have a positive impact for Georgia in the return game.

Offensive tackle Monroe Freeling

Freeling almost certainly won’t start the season-opener against Clemson. The former top-50 prospect will likely sit behind Greene and veteran Xavier Truss at the tackle positions.

Georgia does often rotate though on the offensive line and Freeling should be a factor there. Injuries have impacted the Georgia offensive line in each of the last three seasons, which necessitates Georgia having quality depth on the offensive line.

The Bulldogs will be counting on Freeling to develop over the course of the season and become a key piece in the rotation. Even if it isn’t fully able yet to crack the starting lineup.

Defensive tackle Jordan Hall

Hall was a 5-star signee in the 2023 signing class. Defensive line is a tough position to play early on and just because Jalen Carter and Travon Walker were able to carve out roles does not mean every talented prospect can do so.

Hall though is now in his second season with the program. The hope is that with another year of conditioning, he’ll be able to better handle the physical rigors that come with playing defensive tackle in the SEC.

Because Georgia rotates so often, Hall won’t be on the field every play. The return of Naz Stackhouse and Warren Brinson should really help Hall in this regard, keeping the sophom*ore fresh and allowing him to be the best version of himself when he sees the field.

Defensive end Gabe Harris

Few players impressed as much as Harris did on G-Day. He finished with 3 tackles but was a constant presence in the Georgia backfield.

As a freshman, Georgia had Harris bounce between outside linebacker and defensive end. It now seems his full-time home will be along the defensive line, which should give him an easier path to the field.

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Harris does have some veterans ahead of him on the depth chart, as well as Mykel Williams playing both outside linebacker and defensive end. But G-Day showed Harris may just be too impactful to keep off the field.

Cornerback Daniel Harris

Georgia nearly lost Harris to the transfer portal, but he elected to remain with the Bulldogs. Georgia thinks very highly of Harris, as he saw significant playing time in Georgia’s Orange Bowl win over Florida State.

Harris is the most physically impressive cornerback on the roster. It’s not a lock he starts, as Everette returns and Georgia brings back Julio Humphrey at cornerback as well. Georgia hasn’t traditionally rotated at cornerback but Harris might be so gifted that he forces the Bulldogs to do so in 2024.

Safety Joenel Aguero

Aguero may have the clearest path to being a starter for Georgia, with the Bulldogs having to replace Tykee Smith at star. Aguero could well factor into the safety battle as well, but Georgia played Aguero heavily at star on G-Day.

Aguero was thought to be someone who could play as a freshman, only for Smith to emerge as Georgia’s leading tackler and interceptions leader. The star position has been a very productive one for Georgia of late and the expectation is that Aguero can make a sizable impact for the Bulldogs in 2024.

Georgia football players poised to make a leap in their second year with the program (2024)

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Georgia football players poised to make a leap in their second year with the program? ›

The Bulldogs not only had 20 players leave the program via the portal, but they added eight players to the roster: Florida running back Trevor Etienne, Vanderbilt wide receiver London Humphreys, Miami wide receiver Colbie Young, USC wide receiver Michael Jackson III, Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek, South Carolina ...

How many players left Georgia? ›

The Bulldogs not only had 20 players leave the program via the portal, but they added eight players to the roster: Florida running back Trevor Etienne, Vanderbilt wide receiver London Humphreys, Miami wide receiver Colbie Young, USC wide receiver Michael Jackson III, Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek, South Carolina ...

How many UGA players opt out? ›

Georgia did not have any official opt-outs, though several stars, including tight end Brock Bowers, missed the game due to injury.

Who has opted out of the Orange Bowl? ›

Here's a running list of players that have opted out of the Orange Bowl:
  • Johnny Wilson.
  • Trey Benson.
  • Jaheim Bell.
  • Fabien Lovett.
  • Rodney Hill.
  • Bless Harris.
  • DJ Lundy.
  • Malcolm Ray.
Dec 26, 2023

How many UGA players will be drafted in 2024? ›

The 2024 NFL Draft has come to a close and the Georgia Bulldogs have once again made a massive appearance. The Dawgs saw a massive eight players selected over the weekend, with five players getting their names called in the first two rounds.

What team has the most Georgia players? ›

The Philadelphia Eagles boast six former Bulldogs, the most on any team, with running back D'Andre Swift and defensive tackle Jalen Carter making major impacts on both sides of the ball.

How many 5 star players are there in UGA? ›

1 in the Team Talent Composite, at 1016.79, up from 1004.04 last year. They had 14 five-stars and 61 four-stars on the roster in 2021 and have 14 five-stars and 59 four-stars this year.

How many UGA football players are on scholarship? ›

Vendors List. The Georgia Bulldogs signed 28 players in the 2024 class. By our best calculations, 28 signatures and four transfer portal additions would put Georgia at 89 scholarship players on the 2024 roster, but that number is likely to be 87 on scholarship in year one right now, with two delayed until 2025.

What is the average attendance at the UGA football games? ›

Georgia (92,746) was ninth in the country in average home attendance. Florida (87,846) was 11th. The Bulldogs' attendance numbers were the same as last year.

Is Florida State leaving the ACC? ›

Clemson, Florida State will leave ACC in realignment move eventually, analyst predicts. After taking the ACC to court to challenge its huge exit fees, one college football analyst suggests Clemson and Florida State will end up causing the next realignment push.

Why did so many FSU players opt out? ›

Outside of him, running back Trey Benson, wide receiver Johnny Wilson, wide receiver Keon Coleman, tight end Jaheim Bell, defensive end Jared Verse, and defensive tackle Fabien Lovett all have opted out of the game to prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Who is favorite to win Orange Bowl? ›

Bulldogs are favored to win

As the Orange Bowl draws near, fans and analysts alike are eager to witness the intensity and drama that will unfold when the Bulldogs and Seminoles clash in this highly anticipated showdown.

Who transferred out of Georgia Bulldogs? ›

Mekhi Mews WR

Wide receiver Mekhi Mews announced his decision to transfer from the Bulldogs on Friday, Dec. 8. The former Georgia walk-on spent three years with the Bulldogs but had his best year in 2023.

What players is Georgia losing? ›

Georgia players to declare for NFL draft and enter the transfer portal:
  • OL Amarius Mims (declared for draft)
  • CB Kamari Lassiter (declared for draft)
  • S Javon Bullard (declared for draft)
  • S Tykee Smith (declared for draft)
  • RB Kendall Milton (declared for draft)
  • RB Daijun Edwards (declared for draft)
Jan 3, 2024

How many players did Georgia get from the transfer portal? ›

The addition of Rashada gives Georgia eight transfers this year. Rashada and Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek will arrive later this summer, joining Trevor Etienne, Colbie Young, London Humphreys, Michael Jackson III, Xzavier McLeod and Jake Pope.

What Georgia player is in trouble? ›

Georgia football wide receiver arrested for reckless driving

Freshman Sacovie White was charged with reckless driving and “one way roadway,” for driving the wrong way on a road after being stopped by Athens-Clarke County Police.

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