The Georgia Bulldogs placed a nation-high three players on the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team.
Offensive linemen Cade Mays and Isaiah Wilson, along with defensive lineman Jordan Davis, were among the six SEC players on the 32-member freshman team.
Mays and Wilson helped pave the way for the Bulldogs to lead the SEC in rushing and earn finalist status for the Joe Moore Award, which recognizes the best offensive line in college football.
“Cade Mays plays the game the way it was meant to be played — he’s a nasty, physical offensive lineman,” said Cole Cubelic, a former Auburn offensive lineman and member of the Joe Moore Award panel. “It was impressive to watch him thrive the way he did when called upon with no collegiate experience.
“Wilson is as impressive of a physical specimen as you will see, and he made huge strides in his fundamentals this fall.”
Bulldogs offensive line coach Sam Pittman was among the 15 semifinalists for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the top college football assistant coach.
Last season, Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas was on the FWAA Freshman All-American team, along with quarterback Jake Fromm.
Davis, a 6-foot-6, 320-pounder from Charlotte, N.C., emerged as a force for the Bulldogs as the season progressed.
“Jordan Davis helped fill a massive void left by John Atkins in the middle of the Georgia defense,” Cubelic said. “He’s big enough to anchor and play the run, yet he has the athletic ability to be able to move and be disruptive.”
Georgia’s defensive front showed considerable improvement from the start of the season through the SEC Championship Game.
The FWAA Freshman All-American team features an esteemed 13-member panel with a representative from each conference that nominates players.
Here’s a list of Georgia football players who have been named FWAA Freshman All-American players:
- RB Knowshon Moreno, 2007
- WR AJ Green, 2008
- TE Orson Charles, 2009
- RB Todd Gurley, 2012
- RB Nick Chubb, 2014
- TE Isaac Nauta, 2016
- PK Rodrigo Blankenship, 2016
- QB Jake Fromm, 2017
- OL Andrew Thomas, 2017
- OL Isaiah Wilson, 2018
- OL Cade Mays, 2018
- DL Jordan Davis, 2018