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UGA Football Fall Practice: Freshmen Set To Make Big Impact

Georgia's 2012 recruiting class brought just 17 players to Athens (after two signees ended up at prep school), but a solid chunk of those newcomers are set to see the field for the Bulldogs this fall, says the Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer.

Coach Mark Richt didn't rule out the possibility of the 2012 signing class producing a better crop than 2011's so-called "Dream Team" class.

"It could, it could," he said. "It's not as big, but we do feel like every single guy has got what it takes to play in this league. Does that mean they're ready game one or season one? I don't know. A lot of them will play this year and help us. You can look at any one of them if they don't play a lot or redshirt, it doesn't mean they're not capable of doing it."

Offensive tackle John Theus, a five-star player (according to whom Richt and staff pulled out of Jacksonville, Fla., looks to have the starting right tackle spot locked down. He was perhaps the most college-ready offensive line prospect in the entire country last season.

Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who both hail from North Carolina, will play early and often, thanks both to the Bulldogs' lack of depth at the position and the ability they've shown in practice. Gurley led all rushers in Georgia's three fall scrimmages and may see more playing time this fall than Marshall, who continues to add bulk.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, who's been working at safety and at the "star" position (a hybrid safety-linebacker in nickel packages), and OLB Jordan Jenkins will play supporting roles, while kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Colin Barber are set to start at those two spots.

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