Isaiah and Isaiah isn’t the name of a burgeoning law firm.
It is the first name of two freshmen that look like they will make an impact for the Georgia football team this season.
Through the first six days of preseason practices, wide receiver/punt returner Isaiah McKenzie and offensive guard Isaiah Wynn have impressed teammates and coaches.
The 6-foot-2, 283-pound Wynn is a contender for a starting spot at left guard.
At least that’s how senior Kolton Houston views it.
“If he doesn’t start, he’s definitely going to play a lot,” Houston said of the St. Petersburg, Fla. product. “He’s one of the most natural offensive lineman that I’ve ever seen, especially for a freshman. He’s naturally gifted.”
Said quarterback Hutson Mason: “He’s rotated in there a lot.”
That coincides with Houston working strictly at right and left tackle the past two days, he said. Houston was considered a candidate to start at left guard.
Greg Pyke is the leading candidate to start at right guard. Brandon Kublanow also is pushing for playing time at guard.
Coach Mark Richt said Wynn fundamentally “has a lot of good stuff and he’s a smart, conscientious kid,” but he said rookies tend to hit a wall during camp.
“We’ve got to see if he’s mature enough to push through that time of camp,” Richt said.
Center David Andrews said he was wowed by Wynn the first time he saw him in summer drills.
“The kid’s a baller, he’s a ballplayer,” Andrews said. “He doesn’t have a good clue what’s going on yet. It makes it difficult at times getting everyone on the same page. But we’re day six into camp. …The kid has a lot of raw talent.”
The 5-foot-8, 164-pound McKenzie caught the eye of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on Tuesday.
“We threw a ball on the flat and he made a couple of guys miss,” Mason said. “It was real nice, it was smooth. Coach Pruitt goes: `Oh, my Gawd!’ A redneck-like twang. He was talking about Isaiah. That was pretty funny. He’s kind of one of those guys you throw him the ball and let him do his own thing.
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McKenzie is among those competing to be the punt returner. “He’s one of the prominent guys,” Richt said. “ Damian Swann and Chris Conley are among others also competing for the spot. …Andrews said Georgia’s first two-a-day practice on Wednesday was a true two-a-day because of what wasn’t part of it. “This is the first time we haven’t done like a special teams practice,” Andrews said. “This is two team practices.” …Hunter Long and Josh Cardiello are competing for the No. 2 center spot, Andrews said. Mark Richt called it a “battle” and also mentioned Wynn as a factor there.