ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - As many as 20 freshmen and redshirt freshmen are expected to play in Number 13 Georgia's opener against Oklahoma State on Saturday. With so many new players competing for playing time, competitions have been intense at several positions, including on the offensive line, at tight end, and at punter.
Coach Mark Richt said he's probably never had as many questions at as many positions. He says he's excited about the talent of the newcomers but says there are always surprises when players see their first playing time.
Center Fernando Velasco and right tackle Chester Adams, both seniors, are the only experienced players on the offensive front. Freshman Trinton Sturdivant is the starting left tackle and freshmen Clint Bolins and Justin Anderson are top backups. Redshirt freshman Chris Davis is the starting left guard and junior college transfer Scott Havercamp is the starting right guard.
Another top backup is sophomore tackle Vince Vance from Hinesville. Vance is a transfer from Georgia Military after graduating from Bradwell Institute. He is also in his first year in the program. Freshman Bruce Figgins may start ahead of redshirt freshman NaDerris Ward at tight end as junior Tripp Chandler serves a one-game suspension.