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Twenty-seven newcomers see first action with Dawgs

Demetris Robertson was one of 27 newcomers who saw action Saturday.
Demetris Robertson was one of 27 newcomers who saw action Saturday. (Radi Nabulsi)

Cal transfer Demetris Robertson found a memorable way to make a first impression.

With Georgia leading 17-0, Robertson took his first touch as a Bulldog on a handoff from quarterback Justin Fields on an end-around. He didn’t stop running until he had crossed the goal line for a 72-yard score.

“He had to show what he could do, that’s all it is,” teammate and close friend Mecole Hardman said. “That’s the kind of play maker he is with the ball in his hands. We’ve got a lot of guys who can make plays in space, and he showed his ability today.”

Robertson wasn’t the only newcomer who hit the ground running for the Bulldogs. According to Saturday’s post-game stat book, 27 newcomers (two transfers, seven redshirt freshmen, 18 true freshmen) saw action for Georgia, a fact that pleased Kirby Smart as much as the victory itself.

“I think the biggest thing we got out of today was experience,” Smart said. “We had a lot of players today who didn’t have experience, who gained experience.”

Transfers who played
Player Position

Demetris Robertson

Wide Receiver

Jay Hayes

Defensive Line

Devonte Wyatt

Defensive line

Defensive tackle Jay Hayes was making his first appearance with the Bulldogs after coming to Athens as a grad transfer from Notre Dame.

Hayes felt he measured up to the high expectations of being a Bulldog. "I believe I played to the standard," he said. "We have to go back and watch the tape, but to have a shutout, that's a great feeling."

Hayes was playing his first game with the Dawgs after spending the previous three seasons at Notre Dame.

"There were a lot of emotions going through my head. I was just soaking it in and being grateful," Hayes said. "Suiting up in a different uniform—it really hit me when I got to the locker room."

Robertson's run brought the sellout crowd to its feet.

"I was happy for him. For his first touch to be a touchdown, it was incredible and awesome, for a kid who has been all over the country and will tell you he should have come here the first time," Smart said. "He's here now, and that was his first touch, but he's not in the condition he should be in, and he'll tell you that, too. He ran out of gas on that run. In the SEC, that might not have been a touchdown. We want to encourage him to continue getting in shape, so he can make that a touchdown when we play an SEC opponent."

Redshirts who played
Player Position

*Isaiah Wilson

Right tackle

Matt Landers

Wide Receiver

Eric Stokes

Cornerback

Latavious Brini

Safety

Robert Beal Jr.

Outside Linebacker

Netori Johnson

Offensive Line

D'Marcus Hayes

Offensive Line

* - Started
True Freshmen who played
Player Position

*Tyson Campbell

Cornerback

Brenton Cox

Outside Linebacker

Justin Fields

Quarterback

Quay Walker

Outside Linebacker

Tommy Bush

Wide Receiver

Otis Reese

Safety

Christopher Smith

Safety

Channing Tindall

Inside Linebacker

Adam Anderson

Outside Linebacker

Luke Ford

Tight end

John Fitzpatrick

Tight End

Jamaree Salyer

Offensive Line

Trey Hill

Offensive Line

Jake Camarda

Punter

Jordan Davis

Defensive Line

Cade Mays

Offensive Line

James Cook

Running back

* starter