Preview 2019: Georgia. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Georgia. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Georgia. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GEORGIA DEFENSE

There might not be the brand name stars on the defensive side like there are for the offense, but it was an effective group – finishing second overall in total D behind Mississippi State – equally strong at stopping the run and the pass. Four of the top five tacklers are back after undergoing a bit of a youth movement, but there are still holes to fill, starting with …

Can a corner replace Thorpe winner Deandre Baker? 45-tackle sophomore Tyson Campbell will give it a shot on the other side of star Eric Stokes – these are BIG corners – all around the loaded safety tandem of JR Reed and Richard LeCounte that could and should be among the nation’s best. But now, the secondary needs …

The pass rush has to emerge. It went bye-bye last season for long stretches, but it didn’t hurt the overall D all that much. Even so, it would be nice to get more big plays in the backfield from the more experienced linebackers. Tae Crowder is the 235-pound man in the middle, and Monty Rice was third on the team with 59 stops from his spot on the weakside, but the pressure has to come from all spots.

– It’ll be a solid defensive front three full of 300-pounders that won’t be splashy, but should be effective. 6-6, 330-pound sophomore Jordan Davis is the Coke machine that defines what SEC defensive tackles are supposed to look and play like.

The rotation on the ends in the 3-4 will have to emerge in fall camp, and the superstar tweener recruits have to be ready to go. Nolan Smith will end up as a true linebacker, and top JUCO transfer Jermaine Johnson has the size and ability to find a role right away on the outside.

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