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Five Georgian soccer players who must have a strong summer
Classes are ending and summer training is approaching. It’s a crucial spot on the Georgia calendar as the Bulldogs aim to make some serious progress, especially with everything Georgia has to replace from last season.
For some, it’s a chance to further build on what they accomplished this spring. For others, it’s an opportunity to make sure they’re fully ready by the start of August. Below are some of the Bulldogs who need to get going this summer in hopes of making a significant impact for the Bulldogs in the fall.
We know Georgia would be willing to add a wide receiver via the transfer portal if the right player is available. We also know that Rosemy-Jacksaint is as healthy as it has been since his first season.
Rosemy-Jacksaint has the Georgia coaching staff’s trust because he played a pivotal role in Georgia’s last offensive game of the season, a touchdown pass to Brock Bowers in the win over Alabama.
“Marcus who did a great job,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after G-Day. “Marcus is extremely smart and can play all positions.”
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Strength has always been an asset to Rosemy-Jacksaint. He’s a plus route runner who has shown he can make competitive catches. The key for him will be adding speed and agility. If he’s able to do that, by working with Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff, he would give Georgia another trusted outsider to pair with Adonai Mitchell.
Unlike that time a year ago, Rosemy-Jacksaint isn’t focused on rehab or restoring his strength. He can make himself feel better.
Ratledge had a strong summer last year. He had perhaps the best August of any on the team last season and capitalized on that to get a starting spot.
He then broke his foot at the start of the season. Ratledge wasn’t 100 percent during spring training as Georgia decided to bring him in slowly in the hope that he would be fully healthy by the start of fall camp.
Both sentries are up for grabs, a fight that will go well into fall camp. If Ratledge wants to earn one of these spots, he has to be at his best. Xavier Truss and Devin Willock each had good feathers and Warren Ericson is the most experienced player in the group.
Ratledge is perhaps the most naturally gifted of the group. And we have seen that he is capable of having a strong fall camp. The redshirt sophomore will need to use this summer to gain full confidence in his foot so he can help Georgia on offense.
Tyrion Ingram Dawkins
Ingram-Dawkins put on a very impressive performance in the spring game. After Tramel Walthour picked up an injury, Ingram-Dawkins stepped into the first-team defense and looked more than capable.
With Travon Walker, Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt in the NFL, Georgia has some openings on the defensive line. Jalen Carter and Zion Logue seem confident they will start and play meaningfully next season.
From there, Georgia has Nazir Stackhouse and Warren Brinson, who also seem poised for big roles. Ingram-Dawkins also jumped right into this conversation. Should he build on what he’s done this spring and summer, Ingram-Dawkins could get a starting spot faster than Walker did in Georgia. And he was just smitten with the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Georgia will have its final 11 signers this summer. It will be a crash course for her in terms of training and adjusting to college life. Most of the class has already done so, however, as the Bulldogs allowed 18 members of their signing class of 2022 to arrive as early enrollments.