Georgia's top concern in 2016
You might think Georgia’s biggest area of concern this season is at quarterback where, for the second straight year, the Bulldogs will likely start the offseason with a three-man competition.
If it’s not quarterback, then surely the lack of depth at wide receiver might be the top area to be concerned with, especially outside of budding star WR Terry Godwin (though signees Tyler Simmons and Charlie Woerner could help).
Yet no position lost as many key starters as linebacker, where Georgia lost three of its top four tacklers, most notably 2015 pleasant surprise Jake Ganus, voted the team’s MVP. Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins also led the team in sacks with a combined 8.5.
In the shadow of National Signing Day, one player expected to fill the void left by the departing seniors and NFL Draf entrants is Lorenzo Carter, a one-time top 20 national recruit. Carter had just 19 tackles last season. LB Davin Bellamy was also a signing-day commitment in 2013, but has yet to make an impact in the starting lineup. Tim Kimbrough appears to be the most dependable of the returnees.
Sure, Georgia has additional depth in Chuks Amaechi, Natrez Patrick, Reggie Carter, Roquan Smith and Juwan Taylor. But so far they’ve battled various off-the-field issues, injuries and other barriers to the starting lineup.
However the lineup shakes out, there should be no shortage of coaching — assistants Glenn Schumann and Kevin Sherrer will split duties, and even coach Kirby Smart will join in.
“There’ll be times they meet together,” Smart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There will also be times that I’ll be very involved defensivvely.”