Georgia Football: U Mass is a chance to test Freshmen

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Justin Fields #1 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Justin Fields #1 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

After four straight tough SEC matchups, this weekend Georgia Football takes on U Mass in a game that should give them a chance to test some of their youth.

After three straight weeks of exciting SEC football, Georgia Football fans have a bit of a comedown this weekend. Their team takes on a U Mass team that isn’t exactly going to come in and cause an upset. The Dawgs are just too good to let that happen. That being said, there are a lot of reasons for fans to show up and watch this game and all of them are young.

I fully expect this to be the game where we see the youngest players getting more playing time. With Georgia Tech and Alabama waiting for them, it’s the perfect week for Georgia to give some of their veterans a lesser workload. To be honest, I think that some of them might not even start as Kirby Smart looks to help guys like Lamont Gaillard and Andrew Thomas healthy for the rest of the year.

That means we can expect to see a lot of guys from the 2018 and 2017 recruiting classes on the field. After Justin Fields got some expanded playing time last week, I fully expect that on Saturday, he’ll have more reps than he has before. I wouldn’t be shocked if Kirby pulls Jake Fromm after just a drive or two because he isn’t going to get any better from playing this game whereas Fields could really benefit from some sustained playing time.

I also think we’ll see more from the likes of Devonte Wyatt and Malik Herring on the defensive line. Both guys have impressed over the past few weeks and the light is turning on for them. Giving them extra reps and an opportunity to excel would benefit both. The same goes for Channing Tindall and Quay Walker at linebacker. Both guys have seen some garbage time and Tindall got on the field against Kentucky, but they’re the future of the position group. It’s time to give them a shot and help them get better. Ditto Adam Anderson and Robert Beal at OLB.

In the secondary, I fully expect Tyson Campbell to be put back out there and given the chance to get his confidence back. I also think that we’ll see more Otis Reese who has been impressing the coaches and Mark Webb who has also been seeing the field more. Last but not least, I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw some different running backs get more carries this week. James Cook has been so impressive when he does get the ball and this would be a great game to try out some things with his speed and explosiveness and Brian Herrien deserves a shot to more in a game this season.

Next. Best performers from Auburn game. dark

So yes, Dawg fans, this week’s game is going to be onesided. But it’s not going to be boring by any means. It will be an opportunity for fans to see first hand some of the players that should be key cogs in this program over the next 3-4 years. I for one think that is a pretty great reason to wrap up warm and enjoy the game.