Bulldogs’ Bowman grades out well after first opportunity

Devin Bowman’s stomach churned when coaches informed the Georgia redshirt freshman cornerback last Thursday night to get ready and brush up on the playbook.

Malcolm Mitchell’s injury meant Bowman was being pushed into a starting role against Buffalo in his first college game.

“It was more than butterflies; I don’t know what it was,” Bowman said. “Like, oh, I was just so happy because I’ve been waiting for this and now it finally came.”

His immediate reaction when Mitchell injured the ankle in Thursday’s practice when he came down wrong on a scout team player?

“When he went down, I was just saying, ‘Get up, Malcolm, get up,’” Bowman said. “Then he couldn’t go, so that just gave me a little spark. I was like, ‘OK, it’s my time now.’”

The 6-foot, 180-pound Bowman graded out at an 81, he said, and his confidence is high now.

“Devin will have a great challenge for sure,” coach Mark Richt said. “All of our DBs, all of our corners will. They’ve got really outstanding receivers.”

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