Georgia Bulldogs: Freshmen D-Linemen ready to step up

Jul 12, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Georgia head coach Kirby Smart Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Georgia head coach Kirby Smart Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

The Georgia Bulldogs are a couple of days into fall camp with the season approaching.  Though they have had to battle the bad weather, some freshmen defensive linemen have stood out. Both Kirby Smart and Tracy Rocker have taken notice, but will they have an impact on the season?

Coming into fall camp, the Georgia Bulldogs were a little thin on the defensive line. Suspensions, transfers and inexperience have showed up during the off season. This will give opportunities for some of the young players. There might be some good news on the horizon for the position group that needs the most help heading into the season.

Some of the newcomers have made a big impression on the coaches and showed that they might be able to have an impact. Georgia signed one of the most talented groups of defensive lineman in recent memory. Right now, it all starts with a trio that is getting noticed in the early stages of camp.

Michail Carter

One of the biggest wins for Kirby Smart in recruiting this past year was Carter. Carter, who is from Jackson, committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over Alabama on National Signing Day. He is listed as a 6’3, 317 pound defensive tackle according to 247Sports.

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In the first couple of practices, Carter has stood out with his quickness and his motor. Those are both intangibles that can’t be coached. Kirby Smart and Tracy Rocker have taken notice and might have to put Carter in an impact role when the season starts.

Tyler Clark, David Marshall

Tyler Clark is one of the players that will be able to move around the defensive line and play multiple positions. He can play tackle or on the end. His motor and ability to set the edge in the run game will help him get on the field early for the Georgia Bulldogs.

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David Marshall is one of the players that Kirby Smart targeted right when he got the job at Georgia. Marshall was thought to be an outside linebacker, but has moved over to defensive end. According to 247Sports, Marshall is 6’3, 270 pounds, which is great size for an end. He has a great motor and has quickness off the snap.

The Big Question

The Georgia Bulldogs and the coaches have a big question ahead of them. How do they handle the new freshmen when the season rolls along? The coaches will also have to decide which position they will play.

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Marshall, Clark, and Carter each have something different to bring to the table. It is up to the coaches as to where each of them will play. In less than 30 days, the college football world will all find out.