“I want to win a national championship,” quarterback Jarren Williams is glad to have chosen UM football
The new NCAA rule allowing players to appear in four games and still redshirt — if they haven’t redshirted before — has left UM positioned to maintain an extra year of eligibility with several highly-regarded freshmen.
A look at where all UM freshmen stand in that regard heading into the 11th game of the season Saturday at Virginia Tech (3:30 p.m., ESPN):
FRESHMEN WHO WILL NOT REDSHIRT
Tight end Brevin Jordan: Has appeared in all 10 games and started every one of them except the Savannah State game. Has 29 catches for 270 yards and four touchdowns.
Tight end Will Mallory: Has appeared in nine games and started one. Has two catches for 9 yards and a touchdown.
Offensive tackle D.J. Scaife: Has appeared in 10 games and started the past four at right tackle. Coming off his best game in his four starts as a Hurricane.
Receiver Dee Wiggins: Has appeared in 10 games and started two. Has six catches for 64 yards.
Receiver Mark Pope: Has appeared in six games but doesn’t have a catch. One of only two five-star players on the roster (with Lorenzo Lingard), Pope has had a disappointing freshman season.
Defensive tackle Nesta Silvera: Has appeared in seven games but hasn’t played a snap in the past two and hasn’t played a defensive snap in the past four. Has eight tackles.
Kicker Bubba Baxa: Has appeared in all 10 games. Is 6 for 9 on field goals (with two of the misses between 40 and 49 yards) and 37 for 38 on extra points.
Cornerback Al Blades Jr.: Has appeared in 10 games and was named a captain for this week’s Virginia Tech game. Has nine tackles and one tackle for loss.
Safety Gurvan Hall: Has appeared in the past nine games, mostly on special teams. Has six tackles.
Receiver Brian Hightower: Has appeared in eight games and started the FIU game. Impressed in the spring game but has just four catches for 60 yards and a TD this season, with two games missed because of an ankle injury in practice.
Running back Lingard: Played in six games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in practice. Ran 17 times for 138 yards (8.0 average) and two touchdowns before the knee injury.
Cornerback D.J. Ivey: Has appeared in nine games and has two tackles.
FRESHMEN WHO ARE ALREADY ASSURED OF REDSHIRTING
Defensive end Gregory Rousseau: One of the most ballyhooed members of this freshman class, Rousseau’s season abruptly ended when he sustained an ankle injury, requiring surgery, in the Savannah State game. Rousseau had appeared in the first two games of the season. Will be a key piece of the defensive line next season.
Defensive tackle Jordan Miller: Considered more of a project, Miller has appeared in only one game — against Savannah State.
Cornerback Nigel Bethel: Has appeared in only one game and would still redshirt even in the unlikely event he plays in three more games, including a potential bowl.
Quarterback Jarren Williams: Has appeared in only one game and could play in any remaining UM game and still redshirt. Coach Mark Richt said there’s a chance he could play again this season but not in a close game.
FRESHMAN WHO COULD STILL REDSHIRT BUT WILL NOT
Running back Camron Davis: With four appearances this season, he would qualify for a redshirt if he doesn’t play another game. But Richt said he will continue to play the rest of the season and won’t redshirt.
UM was impressed how he ran against Georgia Tech. Has 12 carries for 75 yards for the season (a 6.2 average) and one touchdown — the 22-yarder last Saturday.
FRESHMEN WHO COULD STILL REDSHIRT AND PROBABLY WILL
Guard Cleveland Reed: Has appeared in only two games — against Savannah State and FIU. It’s highly likely he will redshirt. Only unlikely appearances in the next two games and a potential bowl game would burn his redshirt.
Offensive tackle John Campbell: Has appeared in three games, but none since September, and it’s likely UM won’t burn his redshirt. UM has high hopes that Campbell, Reed, Scaife and Navaughn Donaldson will form the nucleus of a strong line in years to come. We’ll see.
Receiver Marquez Ezzard, cornerback Gilbert Frierson and fullback Realus George: All three have appeared in only two games apiece, none since September, and are very likely to redshirt.
Defensive end Patrick Joyner Jr.: Has appeared in three games, including the recent Duke game. Redshirt could be burned if UM has injuries the remainder of the season that would require him to play.