ATHENS - If you're a freshman named Isaiah, then your Georgia football career is off to a good start.
Isaiah McKenzie was already expected to be a factor on special teams, but early in preseason practice the speedy prospect is also making plays at receiver.
Then there's Isaiah Wynn, who is threatening to steal a starting spot on a veteran offensive line.
First, McKenzie, the 5-foot-7 receiver-returner from south Florida. During Tuesday's practice McKenzie caused a stir with a move he made: He caught a pass in the flat, then made a couple would-be tacklers to miss, according to quarterback Hutson Mason.
"It was real nice. It was smooth," Mason said.
The reaction by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt made Mason chuckle.
"Coach Pruitt goes: 'Oh my God!'" Mason said, imitating the coach. "With that redneck twang: 'Oh my God!' It was pretty funny. But yeah, (McKenzie) is one of those guys you just throw him the ball and kind of let him do his own thing."
Reggie Davis, who last preseason was the freshman receiving star, said McKenzie is "way quicker than I am." There's certainly room for a receiver or two to earn playing time, particularly a speedy one, with the uncertain statuses of Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley.
McKenzie is also working at punt and kick return, head coach Mark Richt said. Others in the mix include cornerback Damian Swann and receiver Chris Conley.
But head coach Mark Richt said McKenzie's speed won't be the biggest factor in whether he wins the return jobs.
"He's a very elusive guy," Richt said. "Very quick, sudden, which you like in a return man. But like I told him and the rest of them, I'm gonna base that decision on how well he fields the ball and how well he protects the ball. If you don't field the ball and don't protect it, it doesn't matter how good you can run."
Then there's Wynn, who is becoming a factor for the remaining left guard job. He's been getting snaps with the first team at left guard and with the second team at center. Mason listed Wynn as one of the freshmen on offense who have impressed him the most, along with McKenzie and freshman tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
During 3-on-3 drills (otherwise known as the Oklahoma drill) on Tuesday, Wynn bowled over junior defensive end James DeLoach. It wasn't an anomaly: Wynn has been impressive all camp, according to senior center David Andrews.
"The first day we did drills this summer, I saw him and I was like: Wow," Andrews said. "I told everyone else: This is the guy right here, this is the truth. He's just raw talent, he doesn't know what he's doing, so that puts him in some bad situations at times, but he's going to get it. He's got so much talent, such God-given talent, he's just gotta put it together."
Wynn is among a cluster of players competing to be the No. 2 center. The others include redshirt freshmen Josh Cardiello and Parker Welch and junior Hunter Long.