ATHENS - The players on the Georgia freshman class are very aware of the problems that preceded their arrival. So while the name "Ring Team" has been attached to them, the more appropriate moniker, if they live up to it, would be the "Clean Team."
Jordan Jenkins, the freshman linebacker, said the class wants to set itself apart.
“Just establish a presence and make ourselves different from all the previous classes Georgia's had, or any college has had," Jenkin said. "Last year they were drubbed the Dream Team, and we were the Ring Team. We just want to set ourselves apart as overall like outside of football, not have anybody get suspended, and stuff like that. We want to be great players on the field and off the field."
Jenkins added that the 17 true freshmen "want to stay together as a group as long as we can."
That didn't happen with last year's Dream Team: Five of the players in that class were gone within a year, including the most high-profile member, Isaiah Crowell.
Keith Marshall, one of the replacements for Crowell, told Georgia fans they don't have to worry about him. Ditto for fellow freshman tailback Todd Gurley.
"I will not be in trouble with being suspended or anything like that," Marshall said. "I think me and Todd will make sure we keep each other out of trouble. I'm sure other guys (will be the same). We've got a good group of freshmen."
Fullback Quayvon Hicks has been described as as a leader for the freshman class.
"Nobody's perfect at all. But some things can be prevented," Hicks said. "Sometimes we as humans get caught up in this college life. As far as athletes we get caught up in this college life and we get ahead of ourselves and we forget where we come from, the rights and wrongs. But I would say we have some great kids coming in. I think we have some great leaders. ...
"We try to stay on each other and stay on our teammates because we all want to be here our senior year."