It’s all about numbers for Georgia football’s early enrollees

One and only no longer, Georgia star receiver George Pickens (1) now has to share his number 1 jersey with freshman cornerback Nyland Green . (Tony Walsh/UGA Athletics)

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One and only no longer, Georgia star receiver George Pickens (1) now has to share his number 1 jersey with freshman cornerback Nyland Green . (Tony Walsh/UGA Athletics)

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ATHENS – The numbers are in and they are … interesting.

As happens every year with the arrival of new Georgia players, new jersey numbers get issued and others are shifted around. That was the case this week as the Bulldogs and 16 early-enrolled freshmen began spring football practice.

Practice 1 of 15 was conducted Tuesday. Thanks to the weather, the Bulldogs will be back in the Payne Indoor Athletic Center for number two today.

Most of Georgia’s established upperclassmen stuck with their previous digits. For instance, quarterback JT Daniels stayed with 18, which was the same number he rocked at Southern Cal. And George Pickens, his number-one target, with wear #1 again.

But there’s a new 1 as well. Cornerback Nyland Green, the highly-decorated cornerback out of Covington, will rock the single digit on defense as well.

And the No. 2 jersey worn by former quarterback D’Wan Mathis last year is now on the back of sophomore running back Kendall Milton. The 22 wore by Milton and linebacker Nate McBride last year is now property of freshman defensive back Javon Bullard. And the defensive 2 made famous by Richard LeCounte the last four years has a new owner in 5-star linebacker signee Smael Mondon.

Also, this year there will be a corresponding 0 to tight end Darnell Washington. Inside linebacker Rian Davis has now claimed that digit for defense. So, there will be a pair of zeroes on the UGA sideline. However, double-zero jerseys still aren’t allowed by the NCAA.

Other new numbers for fans to learn:

5 – Snatched up by freshman wideout Adonai Mitchell on offense; redshirt freshman CB Kelee Ringo already had it on defense;

7 – Abandoned by CB Tyrique Stevenson, who left; claimed by senior linebacker Quay Walker, who wore 25 the last three seasons;

9 – Chosen by redshirt freshman receiver Justin Robinson after wearing 17 last year (it was briefly worn by quarterback Jamie Newman, before he opted out); also worn by DB Ameer Speed on defense;

12 – Now occupied by freshman quarterback Brock Vandagriff on offense and freshman defensive back Lovasea Carroll (that’s right, he’s playing defense);

14 – DB David Daniels on defense; QB Jackson Muschamp on offense;

17 – Now worn by freshman WR Jackson Meeks; still Nakobe Dean’s on defense;

19 – Made famous by senior OLB Adam Anderson, freshman TE Brock Bowers is now wearing it as well;

32 – Freshman Chaz Chambliss succeeds fellow LB Monty Rice;

55 – Trey Hill’s “double nickels” go to freshman defensive lineman Marlin Dean;

56 – Freshman offensive lineman Micah Morris can’t be on the field the same time as sophomore snapper William Mote;

65 – Unclaimed last year, it now belongs to 5-star tackle Amarius Mims;

80 – Redshirt sophomore Bret Seither let Daniels have #18 for this more tight end appropriate number;

93 – Now worn by freshman DL Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins;

94 – Property of Jonathan Jefferson, the touted freshman D-lineman from Douglas County;

98 – The number made famous by Rodrigo Blankenship will be worn by walkon punter Noah Jones of Cairo;

That’s how they’re listed for now. Changes could be made between now and August, especially if a particularly coveted transfer comes Georgia’s way. That probably won’t be Clemson’s Derion Kendrick anymore. He was arrested this past weekend in his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. But he wore the #1 anyway.

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