I agree with Kirby that after six games, pointing to Georgia’s relative youth isn’t much of an excuse any more, but as an explanation for how those games were managed, it does have value.
Georgia is one of the youngest teams in America this season. The Bulldogs’ roster consists of 68.5 percent freshmen and sophomores. That’s the youngest in the SEC and 15th youngest in the country, according to UGA Sports Communication.
The Bulldogs are currently starting two freshmen on the offensive line in right tackle Isaiah Wilson (a redshirt) and right guard Cade Mays. They may start a third today if sophomore Solomon Kindley (knee) is unable to go at left guard.
On defense, true freshman Tyson Campbell of Plantation, Fla., has started every game at left cornerback. True freshman Brenton Cox is D’Andre Walker’s primary backup at outside linebacker.
Meanwhile, Jake Camarda, a freshman from Norcross, has started every game at punter.
The games have been managed. Georgia has grinded its way to sizeable leads, playing defense with the primary purpose of guarding against big plays. It’s worked and it’s also allowed the coaches to get plenty of players, young ‘uns in particular, credible amounts of game time.
Now comes the first big test of playing in a hostile environment from the kids. And youth is no excuse any more.
“Football fields are the same length at LSU and South Carolina and Missouri and everything else,” Smart said earlier this week.