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Transfers/Freshmen Join UGA Roster

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

It slipped by me until last night, but it looks like UGA has updated its official roster for 2020. Included officially now are transfer quarterbacks Jamie Newman (Wake Forest), J.T. Daniels (USC), and Austin Kirksey (Nevada). They’re joined by Florida State tight end transfer Tre McKitty.

It also appears that each of Georgia’s freshman scholarship signees from the class of 2020 made it to campus, along with a host of potential walk ons. Collins Hill product Cameron Kinnie is listed as a defensive lineman (we wondered on Signing Day which side of the ball he’d start out on). Given that he reported at 265 pounds rather than his Signing Day weight of 300 it sounds like he’s been working hard to get ready to play some defensive end.

I also noted that blue chip freshman tailback Kendall Milton is listed at a solid 220 pounds, a bit higher than his variously reported high school weights of 210 to 215. Five star offensive tackle Broderick Jones on the other hand is listed at 285 rather than the 298 found on his 247Sports bio or the 300 even listed by Rivals. Jones never looked like he was carrying 300 pounds to me, so it’s entirely possible he wasn’t and the recruiting services just had it wrong.

In total I count up to 90 scholarship players (depending on some special teamers and some veteran walk ons who could be in line for a ‘ship), which would be noteworthy given that the NCAA allows only 85 scholarship players on roster. The difference of five is not unusual at this point in the summer, and I’d expect the Bulldogs to get down to the mandated number by August.

One way that could be accomplished would be with some transfers. On that note three players who had been in the NCAA transfer portal this winter (LB Robert Beal, RB Prather Hudson, and QB John Seter) remain on the roster. It’s not known whether they still intend to try to play elsewhere or stick in Athens. Only Beal received a scholarship in 2019, however.

Also of note is the appearance of offensive guard Ben Cleveland on the roster after he was deemed academically ineligible for the Sugar Bowl at the end of 2019. Getting Cleveland back would be a huge boost for a Bulldog line that’s thick with talent but thinner on experience. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!