Before the season, we spotlighted 10 true freshmen in the SEC who we said would make their presence known this fall. After the first month of the season, six already have done just that. There’s time for the other four, obviously, but it appears we may have jumped the gun a bit in those instances.
In addition, injuries and/or suspensions at a few of the schools has led to increased playing time for freshmen we didn’t think would play all that much.
Anyway, here’s an update on the 10 we said to watch. (Next week, we’ll give your our list of the league’s top freshmen thus far, ranked first through 10th.)
Arkansas: OLB Hayden Henry
The particulars: 6 feet 1, 209 pounds; 2-star recruit from Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy
The story so far: He was a high school safety who was converted to the Hogs’ hybrid “Razor” position – basically, it’s an end/outside linebacker spot. Despite a lack of size, he was listed as the No. 2 “Razor” for the opener. He made a tackle in that game, but that is his only stop of the season in four games. He’s still No. 2 on the depth chart, though.
Florida: CB Marco Wilson
The particulars: 6-0, 177 pounds; 4-star recruit from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, national top-200 prospect.
The story so far: He is the younger brother of Quincy Wilson, who starred at cornerback for the Gators and was a second-round pick by Indianapolis in the 2017 NFL draft. Marco has started all four games for the Gators and has 13 tackles and five pass breakups. He has been steady thus far and has a high ceiling.
Georgia: OT Andrew Thomas
The particulars: 6-5, 320 pounds; 4-star recruit from Atlanta Pace Academy, national top-50 prospect.
The story so far: Thomas was the other top offensive tackle signed by the Bulldogs. But while everyone was focusing on five-star signee Isaiah Wilson, Thomas quietly put together a strong preseason camp and earned a starting spot at right tackle. He has started all five games and has helped the Bulldogs average 237.4 rushing yards per game. As for Wilson, he hasn’t played and seems likely to redshirt.
Kentucky: WR Lynn Bowden
The particulars: 6-1, 190 pounds; 4-star recruit from Warren (Ohio) Warren G. Harding, national top-175 prospect
The story so far: Bowden has played in all five games and has two receptions and six rushes. All his touches have come in the past three games. Coaches like his playmaking ability, and you can expect him to continue to be used in various roles.
LSU: S Grant Delpit
The particulars: 6-3, 201 pounds; 4-star recruit from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, national top-75 prospect.
The story so far: Delpit enrolled early and impressed coaches and teammates with his athleticism, physical nature and grasp of the defense during spring ball. He continued impressing in preseason camp and earned a starting job at free safety. Delpit has started all five games and has 18 tackles and three pass breakups.
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