Not that it’s any big surprise at this point, but it seems clear that the coaches expect some of the incoming freshmen to vie for starting roles, or at least be significant contributors, right off the bat.
He might not be on campus yet, but 6-4 incoming freshman wide receiver A.J. Green is already causing a lot of buzz, and Richt appears to be adding to it.
“We will give him every opportunity to [play],” Richt said. “My guess is he will make a contribution to the team. How big will depend on how well he does.
“We will give him a really good crack at it,” he said.
These aren’t dire situations as the offensive line was last year – when the coaches were talking about Sturdivant playing, they really had little choice. The only kid coming into a similar void this season is Blair Walsh.
No, these guys are fighting for jobs where there is existing, valid talent and the fact that the coaches are talking up kids like Jones and Green should tell us something about the quality of these incoming freshmen. I don’t recall Richt talking about Curran last year before the season started the way he’s mentioned Green, for example.
It’s enough to get me a little excited.