Eric Stokes could be nearing his first start for Georgia

Georgia redshirt freshman cornerback Eric Stokes (27) has been a reserve this season but made a key stop against Auburn last weekend and could start this Saturday when the Bulldogs host UMass.

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes has spent most of this season residing in anonymity.

The redshirt freshman from the Atlanta suburb of Covington blocked a punt and scored a touchdown during the 43-29 win at Missouri on Sept. 22. He has come off the bench to replace five-star freshman Tyson Campbell at the corner spot opposite Deandre Baker, and Stokes is the first Bulldogs player to wear jersey No. 27 since four-year running back Nick Chubb.

"To be honest, I didn't think anything of that," said Stokes, who wore No. 41 while redshirting. "Then people started making a big deal about it. Everybody was like, 'You've got Chubb's number. You've got Chubb's number.'

"It's really just a number to me."

Georgia's new No. 27 made his biggest play in Sanford Stadium during last Saturday's 27-10 win over Auburn.