September 4, 2006

Richt impressed with youngsters in win

It was hard for Mark Richt to find much fault in his team's 48-12 thumping of Western Kentucky in the season opener last weekend, but he has no problem pointing out the good things. One of them was the play of several true freshmen who saw their first action as a Bulldog in the win.

First time players results
Asher Allen 4 Tac. 1.5 TFL, 2 PR for 28 Yds., 1 KR
for 35 Yds.
Geno Atkins 1 Tac.
Donovan Baldwin 1 Tac.
Roderick Battle 1 Tac.
Joe Cox 2-of-3 for 29 Yds.
Darius Dewberry 4 tac., 1 TFL
Kris Durman 2 Rec. for 27 Yds.
Bryan Evans 1 Tac., 1 PBU
Prince Miller 2 tac.
Kade Weston 1 Tac.
Matthew Stafford 3-of-5 for 40 Yds. and 1 TD, 19 Yds.
Mike Moore -

"I thought that they did good," he said late Sunday. "I thought it was great for them to get in there and play, and to do some good things and some bad things, but just to experience it."

In all, six true freshmen played in the contest: quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Kris Durham, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, linebacker Darius Dewberry, and cornerbacks Asher Allen and Prince Miller. Three of the six had the benefit of enrolling early and going through spring camp with the team, but, as Richt points out, it is hard to tell too much by just a player's performance in practice.

"That is something that you can not simulate," he said of game experience. "You do not know what can happen to a guy the first time out, and you can not hardly judge a guy by the first time out. I thought the guys did pretty good."

Several redshirt freshmen got their first taste of SEC football as well in the game: cornerbacks Bryan Evans, safety Donovan Baldwin, defensive end Roderick Battle, defensive tackle Kade Weston, receiver Mike Moore, and quarterback Joe Cox. In all, Georgia played 12 first timers.

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