Georgia’s linebacking core in 2021 will remain in Georgian tradition. Dean, Walker, Tindall … a trio who put up 204 tackles in 2021 and will need to be replaced as all three head to the NFL.
Then there’s a plethora of extremely talented linebackers. Although the only problem that has arisen this spring is the lack of experience, because how could there be? Sure, Georgia won their games by an average of 28.4 points in 2021, so there was plenty of game time for the younger players. The fact remains, they are young both inside and outside of the linebacking positions.
“We’re just really young (at linebacker). You say stand out – I mean, there’s no one that stands out – not compared to the one who just left this room. There are guys who fill a role and there’s a difference – there’s a standard at Georgia when you play inside linebacker and outside linebacker and we’re probably not playing to that standard right now. But it’s not because they don’t try hard enough and it’s not because they aren’t passionate enough, it’s because they don’t have the experience or the reps. . We are catching up on this every day as fast as we can. (Xavian) Sorey (Jr.) took a lot of reps, but he still has a long way to go. Jalon Walker took a lot of reps, he still has a long way to go. Trezmen (Marshall) is injured, so he’s relying on a throw count – on a rep count – and he’s able to get a few of those in and help us out. As an outside linebacker with Chaz (Chambliss) and (MJ Sherman), they had a lot of work with Nolan (Smith) and (Robert) Beal (Jr.) there.
There is a lot of hype and anticipation surrounding Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Smael Mondon (injured) and Xavian Sorey. Possibly the next trio of big backers in Georgia, the three enter their second seasons this fall and have nothing but potential ahead of them.
Georgia may not be “up to it” yet, according to Kirby Smart, but if linebackers coach Glenn Schumman’s talent and track record prove anything, it’s that they soon will be.
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