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Freshmen Who Will Make An Immedate Impact For Bulldogs

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Freshmen will have an opportunity to make an impact for Georgia, especially on defense and special teams. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.
Freshmen will have an opportunity to make an impact for Georgia, especially on defense and special teams. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.

The Georgia Bulldogs have lofty expectations heading into the 2013 season.

With the return of Aaron Murray for his senior season, the Bulldogs are expected to have one of the top offenses in the country once again.

The defense may be another story, with 12 players gone from last year's team that started at least one game.

Now, the Bulldogs turn their focus to 2013, but veterans aren't going to be the only contributors in 2013.

Georgia ranked 12th in recruiting rankings for the 2013 class according to rivals.com.

While the Bulldogs didn't pull any five-star recruits, they still brought in players that will make a difference. Some of them will make an impact in their freshman season.

Here's a look at three of those players who will make an impact:

FS TRAY MATTHEWS

With both starters gone from last year's team, safety is a wide-open race for the Bulldogs.

However, Matthews seems to have an advantage when it comes to the free-safety position.

A self-described ball hawk, Matthews always seems to make plays. He could be a Thomas Davis-type player with more attitude.

Even some teammates believe he'll make a big impact. Damien Swann had this to say, according to Rant Sports:

He’s hungry. He wants to play. On August 31 in Death Valley, I think he’s one of the guys that’s going to be there, and he’s going to be a guy that makes plays for us. He’s learning fast and he just has a knack for the ball.

Matthews' impact will be immediately noticeable for the Bulldogs. He's going to get his chances early and often. He's the one freshman in whom fans should have confidence.

LB REGGIE CARTER

Carter showed a lot during Georgia's spring game.

With some depth needed at the linebacker position, freshmen are going to get a chance to make an impact early in their careers.

Carter admits he's a sleeper, but that's not going to hold him back.

I look at it as motivation. Because I know what I can do, and the people that know me know what I can do. So being called a sleeper it's a motivation. I don't look at it as something to keep me down.

The linebacker tore his ACL his junior year at South Gwinnett, which also limited his playing time his senior year.

Still, there's enough from spring practices to prove that Carter is ready to make an immediate contribution.

ATH J.J. GREEN

With all of the key pieces returning on offense, most wouldn't think Green would have the opportunity to make an early impact.

Malcolm Mitchell and Todd Gurley handled kickoff returns last year, while there was no real threat on punt returns.

Green can be that player who can take over both roles, ensuring Gurley and Mitchell aren't put at risk on returns.

Then there is third downs out of the backfield or in the slot. Green has 4.4 speed and can get out in the open field on quick screens.

He won't get near the touches Gurley and Keith Marshall will, but he will be a nice change-of-pace back for the Bulldogs.