2019 UGA Football: Week 2 Preview vs. Murray State, Players to Watch
It's no "Hot Take" to say that Georgia will be winning their matchup this Saturday, and for that matter, next Saturday. Nonetheless, as any coach would tell you, never look past an opponent.
For that very reason, we are going to take a look at the players to be on the lookout for during this weekend's matchup against the Racers from Murray St.
It's safe to assume that the Georgia Bulldogs coaching staff will capitalize on the opportunity over the next two games to evaluate a handful of young players on both sides of the ball:
Travon Walker, DL (FR.):
We've talked all offseason about the hype surrounding Travon Walker, and he impressed in limited snaps against Vanderbilt, notching two tackles. The immediate impression is that D-coordinator Dan Lanning fancies Walker in the lineup on 3rd & long and other obvious passing downs.
This weekend though, expect Walker to play extended snaps and fully showcase what he can do in pass rush against a Murray St. team that will spread it out and attack through the air.
Jamaree Salyer, OL (So.):
Following Isaiah Wilson's injury, Cade Mays will get the start at right tackle, despite Salyer taking the second-team reps prior to the injury.
That being said, even though Cade Mays is certainly a worthy tackle, the Georgia offense is best served with the mammoth run blocker at guard manhandling defensive tackles. Therefore, it's important for Salyer to prove he can hold his weight at tackle just in case there's an injury on the interior of the offensive line.
Nakobe Dean, LB (Fr.):
It's not a stretch to say that Monty Rice and Tae Crowder are the nation's best linebacking duo. That being said, they are both likely set to leave after this season, with Crowder being a senior and Rice having an opportunity to be a highly touted linebacker prospect in this spring's NFL Draft.
Insert the future, Nakobe Dean. The 2nd overall inside linebacker in the 2019 class will presumably get a bundle of snaps in at least 4 games with the new Freshman Redshirt rule if he's not relied upon full time soon.
Certainly, a recruit like Dean is not interested in redshirting, and I'm sure he won't. But matchups such as the next two weeks will allow UGA fans to marvel at the young phenom.
DJ Daniel, CB (Jr.):
DJ Daniel has battled Tyson Cambell all preseason for the cornerback spot across from Eric Stokes, so it won't be a surprise to Georgia fans to see Daniel play a lot over the next two weeks, and with both opponents attacking through the air scoring 49.5 PPG between the two in week 1.
Can we just combine all three?
Let's talk about Zeus first. I feel like Zamir and the Georgia faithful alike are craving a breakaway touchdown. You know, like the kind that made him the Nation's #1 back in 2018. I've got a feeling he has one of those this weekend...
As for George Pickens, we got a brief look at him last weekend against Vanderbilt, drawing a pass interference on an attended target in the second half. But expect Pickens to have a day this weekend.
Last but certainly not least is Dominick Blaylock. The injury bug has reared it's ugly head at Georgia early with Wilson and Kearis Jackson going down. So, there's ample reason for the Georgia staff to get an extended look at Blaylock in the slot.
The highly touted recruit from Walton High School has freakish open field abilities.