Athens - Georgia’s freshmen got a lot of action in the opening game of the season.
Sony Michel, a 5-star signee from Fort Lauderdale, came into the game on the Bulldogs’ second offensive possession of the contest and immediate carried the ball. Michel, a tailback, came in as a flanker with Todd Gurley in the backfield and ran a reverse around left end for an 11-yard gain.
Michel’s teammate from American Heritage High School came in on the next play in a wingback role and ran a counter left for a nine-yard gain.
On defense, Dominick Sanders, a true freshman from Tucker, got to start at the nickelack position. Fellow freshman Lorenzo Carter, another 5-star prospect in the 2014 class, played extensively at outside linebacker throughout the game. Converted wide receiver Rico Johnson, a freshman from Swainsboro, also got some some playing time at cornerback.
Aaron Davis, a redshirt freshman from Locust Grove who also got a start in his first game, made a leaping interception with 5:46 in the second quarter.
Seven true freshmen had played for the Bulldogs by halftime, tailback Nick Chubb and tight end Jeb Blazevich.
In all, seven first-time starters took the field for the Bulldogs, including senior noseguard Mike Thornton, junior cornerback Devin Bowman, sophomore guards Greg Pyke and Brandon Kublanow and senior fullback Taylor Maxey.