About every scholarship player got action on Saturday as the Hurricanes demolished Savannah State. Among the most impressive was Lingard, who rushed for 82 yards, with 2 touchdowns - on just 4 carries.
DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer (despite a first quarter fumble), looked like their normal productive selves, with Cam’Ron Davis, and Robert Burns also seeing the field. Lingard however, had the most success as he showed to Hard Rock Stadium why he was such a highly-anticipated recruit.
Of course this was against an FCS opponent, late in the contest, but Lingard could offer some useful speed, and elusiveness for Mark Richt’s scheme.
Towards the end of the off season, it was revealed to us that Lingard had the talent, but wasn’t quite ready to make his way up the depth chart. Did he make a good enough case to see action against teams like Toledo and FIU?
If the next two games go without any major surprises, than maybe so. But Lingard still made a great first impression - earning player of the game. Even if the games end up being close though, Lingard’s speed could help him blow by fatigued tacklers, and could be a wild card in the running back committee.
Richt’s staff has always utilized young talent within the receiving corp, defense, and other areas of the team; but incorporating another player early in the season seems like a reasonable option. Still, even if Lingard doesn’t get significant playing time in the upcoming contest(s), he still proved his talent to the staff, and fans.