I’m starved for football. I need a hobby. In the meantime, I’m writing about the players I’m most excited to see from the 2018, ’19, and ’20 classes. Just some quick hits to keep myself from continuing to write about the Cocktail Party game (don’t tempt me).
Zamir “Zeus” White (Class of 2018)
This guy might be the one I want to see the most. Georgia in the last 15 years reclaimed the rights to the name RBU. Knowshon Moreno brought it back, we had a lull until Isaiah Crowell (who I didn’t love) who brought us a run of Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, D’Andre Swift, and what was supposed to be this guy. He’s had some bad luck with injuries. He played last year, but he didn’t look like that guy I saw on the high school highlight reel. I want at least one year of that. I want to see those breakway sixty yard touchdown runs and him getting thrown in the air by an Jamaree Salyer. If that happens, enjoy the moment because we are only going to get it in 2020…he will be headed for Sunday football. Let’s enjoy him while we got him.
Nolan Smith (Class of 2019)
I have so many guys to pick from here. I almost went Travon Walker who should be a life ruiner on DL this year. I almost went Nakobe Dean who could be the second coming of Roquan Smith (dodging the lightning bolt). I almost went George Pickens who could capitalize on a great freshman season. Instead I went Nolan Smith. He played a lot of snaps in 2019. This bodes well for 2020. Between him and Azeez Ojulari, these guys should be living in the backfield. Nolan plays with an infectious enthusiasm I love. He celebrates like he got a Nintendo for Christmas every time he makes a play. He’s smiling ear to ear and jumping up and down. I’d like to see him do that move between 100 to 900 times this year.
Jamie Newman (Class of 2020)
Cheating a little, but he’s the one who will be most responsible for my enjoyment of the 2020 season. He gives us elements of the quarterback skillset that Jake Fromm could not. He can throw it a mile. He can be accurate when he throws it that mile. He also makes you think he could tuck the ball and run if need be. Now, he will have a step up in competition coming from the ACC to the SEC, but he’s also going to be playing with better players than he ever did at Wake Forest. Now is his time to shine to go to the NFL. I hope we get to see him rain bombs similar to Matthew Stafford did once upon a time.
Let’s all hope this curve is flattening so we can start watching some football again. Like Hank Williams Jr., I am ready.