Georgia football coach Mark Richt offered his early impressions on the Bulldogs’ “Dream Team” freshmen class after the team’s second preseason practice today.
The one freshmen still hoping to join the team looks like he probably won’t.
Linebacker Kent Turene from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., is waiting to be certified by the NCAA Clearingouse.
“As of right now I’d put a doubtful on it, though, if that helps,” Richt said, “on him making it with us this season.”
Turene did not report along with the rest of Georgia’s highly-rated recruiting class.
“The frustrating part is that he’s not here with us now,” Richt said. “He wants to be. He’s done everything that he could possibly do to be here, but things don’t always roll as fast as you want and you don’t always get the answer you want. I’m just frustrated for him, really, more than anything.”
Some thoughts from Richt on some of the other freshmen:
On the receivers and defensive backs: “I think they’re very athletic. I think every DB could be a receiver, a legitimate receiver. They could all run, change directions, have great ball skills. Their body types are very mature already. They don’t look freshmen, most of them. There’s one or two that maybe could put on a few more pounds of muscle. That will happen in time.”
On tailback Isaiah Crowell: “You can just see he’s got a lot of really natural running skills. He’s got great change of direction and balance and catches the ball extremely well. Just very sudden for a pretty big kid. You can tell he really likes football. You can tell he likes practicing and learning and grinding. Coach (Bryan) McClendon is coaching him just like everybody else, but you don’t see Bryan having to follow him around on every single play just to get him lined up and whisper in his ear what they play is. You can at least get the play run and he’s letting him practice. He’s getting most of it right. That’s good sign. And it’s early. It’s day two of installation, but there’s still a lot of information that him and the rest of the guys are trying to process.”
On outside linebacker Ray Drew: “He’s getting a lot of reps, I know that. We’re working two units and sometimes three. When you watch just a bit of pass rush, you see some very good skills.” One reason he’s getting plenty of reps—starter Cornelius Washington is out with a hamstring injury.
On linebackers in general: “Love ‘em. Very athletic. Big. Really good frame on them.”
On the offensive line: “I think those guys are the type of guys that will take a little time. There’s not many linemen that come out and are ready to start as freshmen. I got a feeling a couple, if not more will be in second-team roles and may have to play this year, so we’re going to get them ready as fast as we can. You can see one or two years down the road, they’re all going to be really good football players.”
On tight end Jay Rome: “Very, very good athlete. Big kid. Soft hands. Looks a little bit like a two-sport athlete. You can tell when he gets in the weight room for a couple of offseason he’s really going to be something.
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