“There aren’t that many that can come in and be prepared to play.”

If Andrew Thomas grabs that starting right tackle job, it sounds like that would make him pretty special in the scheme of things.

Since 2010, Georgia has started one true freshman offensive lineman in its season opener: John Theus in 2012. Theus, who started at right tackle that season, was just the third true freshman to start at tackle in a season opener for the Bulldogs since freshmen became eligible in 1973.

Thomas wasn’t the most heralded member of this year’s offensive line signees, not that he was anything close to an afterthought.  He’s just turning out to be the one most ready to contribute out of the gate.  I’ll be watching to see how many other of his classmates crack the two-deep for the opener.

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9 responses to ““There aren’t that many that can come in and be prepared to play.”

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    I mentioned earlier that AT was by far our best freshman OL – no surprise to those who saw him play in HS. In terms of recruit rankings he was in the high 4 star category and was ranked in the top 40 overall if I recall for the ’17 class.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if AT is our second best OL by seasons end, with Wilson – though still a bit in the project phase – coming on as well. R-SO Allen also has been a pleasant surprise.

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    • Thomas is going to be a beast especially after the S&C staff develops his body. Big, athletic and played against good HS competition in 5-AAA. I saw him a couple of times once as a junior and once as a senior.

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  2. Sanford222view

    Trinton Sturdivant didn’t start Game 1 of his freshman year? I know he ended up a starter that year and thought it was pretty early on that season.

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    • WF Dawg

      I feel as bad for Sturdivant as I’ve felt for any kid. Tons of talent, those ACLs just wouldn’t cooperate for him. Anybody know what he’s doing now?

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      • Macallanlover

        Me too, what a talent, and good kid, that never got paid. Thomas is the best incoming freshman OL I have seen since at UGA. Wilson may have more upside but playing Brooklyn and not arriving early put him behind Thomas. Future OL in Athens is looking bright.

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    • Silver Creek Dawg

      He started as a true freshman in 2007. The article referenced 2010 and later.

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  3. Greg

    Just about to post the same…..yep, I believe so…he definitely started as a freshman….and he was a damn good one.

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  4. PTC DAWG

    Recruit hosses, play the hosses….

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