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Georgia Vs. Missouri: Freshman CB Devin Bowman Impresses

When Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Malcolm Mitchell injured his ankle in practice before the Bulldogs' game against Buffalo, it thrust redshirt freshman Devin Bowman into the starting lineup in his first collegiate game.

The 6'0, 180-pound cornerback, a highly-touted four-star recruit out of high school, was nervous but ready, he told Marc Weiszer of Dog Bytes Online:

"It was more than butterflies; I don't know what it was," Bowman said. "Like, oh, I was just so happy because I've been waiting for this and now it finally came."

Bowman had 2 tackles on Saturday, and according to the coaching staff, graded out to an 81.

But while he did well getting his feet wet against a MAC team, he will be challenged a lot more by a high-powered Missouri offense in the Tigers' first SEC game this week.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin passed for 2,872 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2011, and he's almost certain to test the inexperienced cornerback on Saturday.

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