Wilson: Floyd, Wiggins "Amazing"
Leonard Floyd
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Aug 3, 2013


Three practices in shorts may not be a good gauge to determine what lies ahead for a freshman football player, but the early signs for Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd are certainly encouraging.

Ramik Wilson, a junior inside linebacker, heaped praise Saturday on Floyd and freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins.

“Those two are amazing,” Wilson said. “They’re putting on a show right now. They’re going to help this team if they keep up what they are doing.”

Floyd may be 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, but coach Mark Richt said he can bend well and shows stoutness.

“In just the pass rush drills, the things that we do that don’t take a lot of knowledge of the system, you see a really big upside with him,” Richt said. “Just long and athletic. He seems to be in great condition and he’s got great strength for a big, long lean guy like that. He’s got really nice potential for us.”

Wilson compared Floyd to former LSU star Barkevious Mingo, an NFL first-round draft pick. He said Floyd, from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy via Dodge County High is “unblockable, his pass rush. He gets after it. He’s got a motor.”

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Wiggins, out of Sandy Creek, is competing to be in the rotation at cornerback, along with fellow freshman Brendan Langley.

“Most people look at (Wiggins) and automatically count him out and go against him because of how small he is,” sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson said. “He’s like a lion on the field.”

Diverse Dawson

A day after working at defensive end, Josh Dawson was back at outside linebacker in Saturday’s practice.

The sophomore isn’t sure what to label him.

“That’s a good question,” Dawson said. “Wherever coach (Todd) Grantham puts me, that’s where I’m at. I’m learning the whole defense. It’s something new. I’m studying that playbook. It’s a little more plays and responsibilities, but nothing too hard. This is what training camp is for.”

The 6-foot-4, 262-pound Dawson said the versatility will allow him a better chance to get on the field after making five tackles as a reserve linebacker last year.

His preference?

“Wherever I can help the Bulldogs,” Dawson said. “It doesn’t really matter to me—standing up, hand in the dirt, it’s all the same thing for me.”

Bulldogs `dream' big in new motto

Last season, it was “Our team. Our time. No regrets.”

Presenting this year’s team motto, according to senior safety Connor Norman: “New year. New team. One dream.”

The seniors get together to come up with something. Richt signs off on it.

“He kind of approves it if he likes it or not type deal,” Norman said. “Older guys that are more involved, veterans will sit in with us, too. …We’re not required to have one, but I think it’s good to identify as a senior class and that year’s team to have your own motto.”

Georgia's dream would certainly include finishing what they came close to last season when they fell five yards short of a shot at the national title.

This and that

Safety/nickel back Josh Harvey-Clemons is practicing like he’s not suspended for the season opener even though he is. “You can’t even tell,” Sheldon Dawson said. “He’s out there running, getting after it, being where he’s supposed to be.” And Dawson added this about Harvey-Clemons: “I believe that’s an All-American because you’re 6-5 and you’re in the secondary as long as he is, that’s an All-American. I’m going to call it now, he’s going to be an All-American".

Ramik Wilson returned to practice after missing Friday’s workout with a stomach virus. “I think it was some steak that probably wasn’t cooked all the way,” he said.

Georgia holds its fourth of 10 straight days of practices Sunday morning.


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