Devin Bowman‚Äôs stomach churned when coaches informed the Georgia redshirt freshman cornerback last Thursday night to get ready and brush up on the playbook.
Malcolm Mitchell‚Äôs injury meant Bowman was being pushed into a starting role against Buffalo in his first college game.
‚ÄúIt was more than butterflies; I don‚Äôt know what it was,‚Äù Bowman said. ‚ÄúLike, oh, I was just so happy because I‚Äôve been waiting for this and now it finally came.‚Äù
His immediate reaction when Mitchell injured the ankle in Thursday‚Äôs practice when he came down wrong on a scout team player?
‚ÄúWhen he went down, I was just saying, ‚ÄòGet up, Malcolm, get up,‚Äô‚Äù Bowman said. ‚ÄúThen he couldn‚Äôt go, so that just gave me a little spark. I was like, ‚ÄòOK, it‚Äôs my time now.‚Äô‚Äù
The 6-foot, 180-pound Bowman graded out at an 81, he said, and his confidence is high now.
‚ÄúDevin will have a great challenge for sure,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúAll of our DBs, all of our corners will. They‚Äôve got really outstanding receivers.‚Äù