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Three Newcomers Who Will Propel UGA Against Clemson

Several Dawgs must have big games in order to propel UGA to victory against Clemson; three of them will need to be first year Dawgs.

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With the final scrimmage in the books, the Georgia Bulldogs now shift their full attention to the Tigers of Clemson.  In order for the Dawgs to come out on top on August 30th, several players will need to have big games.  Quarterback Hutson Mason, tailback Todd Gurley, and linebackers Jordan Jenkins, Ramik Wilson, and Leonard Floyd are some of the names that have been getting much of the attention in the lead up to the season.

However, there are three players playing their first game between the hedges who will also need to have big games against the Tigers.

One of these players is freshman five-star linebacker Lorenzo Carter.  The 6-foot-6, 230 lbs. outside linebacker out of Norcross has been getting a lot of reps with the first team during training camp.  Despite having two All-SEC worthy OLBs in Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd, Carter is one of those transcendent true freshmen who coaches can’t keep off the field.  It’s safe to say that Carter will see the field plenty against Clemson and leave his mark on the game.

Isaiah McKenzie decided to follow his high school teammate Sony Michel to Georgia, and his high school highlight reel shows why the Dawgs wanted him to come to Athens.  With "Fair Catch Rhett" McGowan having graduated, McKenzie looks to have an inside track at being the new punt returner for the Dawgs.  While he can’t solve all of the Dawgs’ special team woes single-handedly, McKenzie is electrifying enough where he can change the tide of the game with one single return.

Finally, with senior Damian Swann firmly entrenched as the number one cornerback, JUCO transfer Shattle Fenteng could see a lot of passes thrown his way against the Tigers.  The 6-foot-2 Fenteng has the size that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt likes in his secondary, and Pruitt has already shown in practice he’s expecting Fenteng to play big minutes this season.  Having his coach's backing, Fenteng could explode on the scene with several big plays against Clemson.

With Carter, McKenzie, and Fenteng combining with the returning Georgia stars, the Dawgs should take what is theirs following last season’s game in Death Valley: revenge.