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August 24, 2008
Freshman of Impact: Akeem Hebron
Size: 6-1, 225
High School: Georgia Military College (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Rivals rating: Four stars
OK, OK, Akeem Hebron is not a true freshman after redshirting in 2006. In fact, he's a redshirt sophomore. Still, because he was a member of the 2008 signing class after returning from Georgia Military College, we'll make an exception and include the Maryland native in our list of "true freshmen" expected to make an impact with the Bulldogs this fall.
Today, UGASports continues its series looking at 10 freshmen – published in descending order – who could make the biggest impact this fall. The list is influenced by depth at the position, not just their high school credentials.
Who is in front of him: Georgia certainly isn't lacking for bodies at linebacker and that includes the Will position where sophomore Rennie Curran is primed for an All-SEC caliber year. The Bulldogs also have redshirt sophomore Darryl Gamble who can play the position.
Climbing the depth chart: Hebron won't unseat Curran, but he should still get plenty of snaps as Georgia also plans to use Gamble as backup to Dannell Ellerbe at Mike. Physically, Hebron is in tremendous condition and his lateral movement is just one his strengths that coaches will look to exploit. Hebron will play and he will play a lot. In the G-Day game, Hebron led all tacklers with five stops and returned a recovered fumble 40 yards.
What will make it tough: Only an injury will keep Hebron from making an early impact with the Bulldogs. Any other year, he'd likely have earned a starting role. He should be fun to watch.
UGASports' take: "Akeem is cut from the same athletic cloth as Rennie Curran and Dannell Ellerbe and will fit in quite nicely with the Bulldogs. Don't be surprised if he makes one of the biggest impacts among Georgia's defensive newcomers this fall."
The Top 10
No. 10 – Linebacker Marcus Dowtin