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Video: Interviews with UGA rookies, including Nick Chubb, Sony Michel

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ATHENS – For the first time this season, Georgia’s freshmen and first-year players were available for interviews on Monday. The Bulldogs allowed rookies on the offensive side of the ball to be interviewed this morning and the defensive newbies will be available by request on Tuesday.

Of course, most of the buzz so far has been about 5-star tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. So I video’d the first portion of my interviews with those guys and have posted them below. I’ll come back and try to share at least a quote or to from anybody else I got that was brought up to the interview room on Monday.

Unfortunately, Michel’s dynamic kick-returning teammate from Fort Luaderdale, Isaiah McKenzie, was not available because he was out with an undisclosed injury on Monday.

For now, here’s some video:

Here’s a few other select quotes from freshmen:

Tight end Joseph Ledbetter on his late decision to give up basketball and play football …

“To me I just saw it as a dead end road for me personally. I still have a lot of passion for basketball. It’s my favorite sport, I still love it.I just didn’t see the opportunity I see now when I was younger.”

Ledbetter on whether being at Georgia might persuade his younger brother Jonathan to join him in Athens …

“I would hope so. It’d be nice to play with him. But that’d be something you have to talk to him about.”

Offensive tackle Kendall Baker on the making the physical adjustments to college football …

“The adjustment is hard, I’m not going to lie to you. We got to figure that out the first day. We’re all getting in shape and trying to go out and make an impact for this team. But every day I try to get just a little bit better and a little bit better. That’s all I’m striving to do.”

Isaiah Wynn on learning to play center behind senior David “Boss” Andrews

I’m just going to keep watching Boss and see what he’s doing and I’ll only get better. He’s been great because without him I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now. He’s been doing a lot this summer in offensive line rooms, going over plays and things. He’s taught me all the ropes. That’s my big brother.”

Wide receiver Shakenneth Williams on the biggest challenges thus far. …

“Really it’s just the playbook. The playbook is humongous. There’s a lot more you have to learn from high school, reading the coverage, getting your depth, pad levels, all that. Just learning what everybody else does around you. And it’s a grind out there every day.”

 

 

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