Freshmen LB Floyd, CB Wiggins praised by UGA teammates

Three practices in shorts may not be a good gauge to determine what lies ahead for a freshman football player, but the early signs for Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd are certainly encouraging.

Ramik Wilson, a junior inside linebacker, heaped praise Saturday on Floyd and freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins.

“Those two are amazing,” Wilson said. “They’re putting on a show right now. They’re going to help this team if they keep up what they are doing.”

Floyd may be 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, but coach Mark Richt said he can bend well and shows stoutness.

“In just the pass rush drills, the things that we do that don’t take a lot of knowledge of the system, you see a really big upside with him,” Richt said. “Just long and athletic. He seems to be in great condition and he’s got great strength for a big, long lean guy like that. He’s got really nice potential for us.”

Wilson compared Floyd to former LSU star Barkevious Mingo, an NFL first-round draft pick. He said Floyd, from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy via Dodge County High is “unblockable, his pass rush. He gets after it. He’s got a motor.”

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Wiggins, out of Sandy Creek, is competing to be in the rotation at cornerback, along with fellow freshman Brendan Langley.

“Most people look at (Wiggins) and automatically count him out and go against him because of how small he is,” sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson said. “He’s like a lion on the field.”

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