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Tennessee Vs. Georgia: Bulldog freshman Sheldon Dawson ready to contribute

Georgia's true freshman is working hard and gaining valuable minutes on the football field this season

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Sheldon Dawson, a true freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs this season, wants to help his squad win in any way that he can. Playing mostly on special teams, Dawson has played in each game this season and has recorded five tackles in four games.

The cornerback has also been put into game situations on defense, and seeing minutes in the SEC only a few months removed from his high school graduation is a big time accomplishment for the Memphis, Tenn. native, according to a DogBytesOnline report:

"It was crazy in front of all those fans," he said. "When I first got out there I was like, ‘Man, I'm out here for real playing college football.' People are out there watching me on TV."

Dawson is still learning and adjusting to playing football at the college level, but he also seems to be developing the mindset necessary to make him successful on the field:

"In high school, we had tendencies to go hard here and there, then the next day just take a day off. In college it's steady. You've got to compete every day, and you've got to compete for a job," he said. "You're going against people with kids, with families, and you can't take nothing for granted out there. Go hard now because you never know when your name is going to get called and you never know when it'll be your last time playing."

The freshman has gotten a lot of help and support from his teammates and he appears to be picking things up very quickly. Dawson has been playing very close attention during team meetings, and his hard work appears to be paying off.

He's getting an opportunity to not only showcase his talent, but to become a valuable member of the Bulldogs football team very early in his career. Expect to see him in action on Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs host the Tennessee Volunteers.

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