Last year, Georgia’s defense counted a lot on freshman DT Jordan Davis, who ended up making four starts and playing in 10 games.

In those games, he made 25 tackles, had 1.5 sacks and was a big part of the Bulldogs’ run defense.

Heading into the spring, though, coach Kirby Smart said the Dawgs need the rising sophomore to make sure he keeps his weight under control so he can continue to be a valuable defender (via 247Sports):

“Weight is always going to be a struggle and a fight for him,” Smart said. “When you say you’ve seen him, he’s ready to play, I don’t know if you’ve seen him lately, but he’s got to be ready to play. He’s got to control his weight and he’s done a really good job of having weight discipline thus far in his career. He’s got to continue to do that.”

Davis missed the Sugar Bowl due to a back injury, so he’s been working his way back this offseason.

Can he play more reps in 2019? We’ll see, but it’s safe to say that Smart will be keeping an eye on the sophomore’s weight.