League champion Alabama unsurprisingly led the way with 10 members on the coaches' All-SEC team released this afternoon.
Georgia on the other hand placed only one player, senior offensive tackle John Theus, on the first team. Two 'Dawgs, linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive back Dominick Sanders, earned second team honors. I don't think anyone expected Greyson Lambert to necessarily earn first team QB honors. That nod went, quite rightly, to Mississippi State's Dak Prescott. But the numbers bear out something that was expected before the season started and turned out to be 100% accurate: Georgia played a bunch of true freshmen (23 in total) and others just moving into the limelight.
That's not an excuse for Georgia's struggles against perceived opponents in 2015, or for the belly flops against Alabama and Florida. Especially given that a majority of the young 'uns who saw action were on the defense, which outperformed the offense both on the stat sheet and in the minds of fans for most of the season.
I would expect several Bulldogs (like defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, receiver Terry Godwin, and defensive back Rico McGraw) to get some attention when the SEC All-Freshman Team is announced on Thursday. For what it's worth, Coach Smart will have a lot of game experience returning in 2016 (and likely 2017). So here's to the future. Until later . . .