mcloudy.png
Friday September 30th, 2022 8:07AM

College football: Jefferson's Malaki Starks taking advantage of early playing time at UGA

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

ATHENS, Ga. — Malaki Starks's start to his career at Georgia might surprise some Bulldog fans, but for those who watched him play at Jefferson, it's nothing unusual. 

Starks starred at Jefferson High School, where he played multiple positions, so when the true freshman got the chance to get on the field against Oregon in Week 1, he delivered. 

Starks, a true freshman, led the team in tackles, coming off the bench while snatching his first-career interception against Oregon. 

Last week, he grabbed his second interception and returned it for 42 yards. He recorded three tackles to move to the top of the team leaderboard for tackles. 

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he knew Starks was a great athlete when he was a freshman in high school but still doesn't know how good he will be. 

"He's a great kid. He has a wonderful family with very disciplined parents. He was raised in a great family home," Smart said. "You knew right away he had great respect. When he walks in to talk to you, he looks you in the eye. Yes, sir, no, sir. He knows what he is supposed to do. We already knew he was a tremendous athlete. He ran really fast and jumped really high when he was a ninth grader here. I talked to his dad that day, and we knew he was going to be some kind of special player. We just didn't know how good he was going to be, and I still don't think we know."

"We just found out today on the practice field that there are a lot of things he can improve on and work on," he said. "He's got to get better. He's made some good plays, but he's also been gifted on some plays. He's been lucky sometimes when he had his eyes in the wrong spot that we have to keep working with him on."

The Bulldogs (3-0) will play host to Kent State on Saturday. Kick-off is set for noon on SECN+ and ESPN+.

© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
College football: Jefferson's Malaki Starks taking advantage of early playing time at UGA
Malaki Starks's start to his career at Georgia might surprise some Bulldog fans, but for those who watched him play at Jefferson, it's nothing unusual.
7:05AM ( 1 minute ago )
Football: Branch falls to Eastside in 8-5A opener
Eastside jumped out to a 20-0 first half lead and then held off Flowery Branch the rest of the way for a 34-14 win in both teams’ Region 8-5A openers on Thursday...
7:01AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Football: Region 7-3A could be a weekly slugfest
Region 7-3A wasn't completely gutted after the Georgia High School Association's realignment last year, but it did change the landscape.
6:45AM ( 21 minutes ago )
Sports
Football: Muschamp talks Georgia, Malaki Starks, Dan Jackson during presser
Will Muschamp said he has the "best job in America."
5:06PM ( 1 month ago )
NCAA D2 women's golf: Three-way tie for individual lead, Anderson leads after Day 1
Academy of Art's Anahi Servin, Colorado Christian's Faith Kilgore, and Lee University's Alex Naumovski share the early lead at NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships at Chattahoochee Golf Club on Tuesday...
7:30PM ( 4 months ago )
Basketball: Tom Crean out at UGA; search is underway for new men's coach
Tom Crean is out as head coach of the University of Georgia men's basketball progr
6:16PM ( 6 months ago )
College Sports
College football: Dan Jackson stays focused on improvement
Georgia defensive back Dan Jackson isn't satisfied.
4:07PM ( 14 hours ago )
College football: Rabun County's Stockton getting high praise from Smart
It's not often you hear any college head football coach talk about the scout team quarterback in a weekly presser.
9:52AM ( 21 hours ago )
Georgia's 2023 football schedule released
Seven home games including four to start the season highlight the 2023 University of Georgia football schedule announced Tuesday night by the Southeastern Conference on the SEC Network...
By Georgia Sports Communications
7:41PM ( 2 days ago )
Dominant Dogs: Is this Georgia team even better than 2021?
College football coaches are notorious for hyping up their opponents with preposterous accolades. Still, it was a bit jarring to hear Kent State’s Sean Lewis sizing up the reigning national champion Georgia Bulldogs...
By Paul Newberry AP Sports Writer
8:02PM ( 3 days ago )
College football: Georgia-Missouri kick off time announced
The Georgia-Missouri game in Columbia will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.
By AccessWDUN Staff
1:14PM ( 3 days ago )