Georgia Bulldogs College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The defense was outstanding except for the two games it absolutely had to have – that was sort of a problem considering the program had national title dreams.
Alabama rolled for 41 points and 564 yards, Florida cranked up 44 points and 571 yards, and that was it.
However, the D destroyed everyone else – only two other teams got past 300 and no one else got past 360 – finished No. 1 against the run, and allowed just 321 yards and 20 points per game overall.
The Dawgs restocked the shelves in a hurry, the talent is incredible, and expect it all to come together in another fantastic run. It starts with …
– The secondary keeps on rolling. It lost a few key veterans and a whole lot of speed at corner with Tyson Campbell now with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Eric Stokes a Green Bay Packer, but in comes Derion Kendrick from Clemson to take over one spot and be the next big Georgia draft pick at the position.
Tykee Smith is transferring over from West Virginia to work at one of the safety gigs to go along with veterans Lewis Cine – who finished second on the team with 52 tackles – and 26-tackle Christopher Smith.
– The pass rush was the best in the SEC, but Azeez Ojulari is now a New York Giant and there wasn’t much coming from the defensive front. LB Adam Anderson can work in a variety of linebacker spots – he was second on the team with 6.5 sacks – and Nakobe Dean returns in the middle after leading the way with 71 stops.
There’s more than enough talent for the rest of the four in the 3-4, helped by the expected rise of former super-recruit Nolan Smith into a playmaking star on the outside.
The front three once again is full of NFL size and depth as a brick wall against the run. Jordan Davis is a massive body on the nose, Devonte Wyatt is a 315-pound force on one end, and sophomore Jalen Carter is a next-level talent as a 3-4 end if he doesn’t see time on the nose.