Georgia Football: Who are the Most Indispensable Bulldogs for 2015?

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Sep 27, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back

Jalen Hurd

(1) is tackled by Georgia Bulldogs defensive end

Sterling Bailey

(58) linebacker

Ramik Wilson

(51) and linebacker

Jordan Jenkins

(59) during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Defense – Sterling Bailey/Josh Dawson, Defensive End

We know Georgia’s linebackers are going to be good and the unit is loaded with depth. We know defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have the secondary ready to rock with a “next man up” philosophy. But where will the pass rush from the end be generated?

The often inconsistent Ray Drew is gone, and finding a way to get pressure on the quarterback from the outside without having to constantly blitz safeties or corners will be a big concern for Pruitt.

Bailey and Dawson — both seniors — are on fairly equal footing for the starting job right now, and may very well end up working in a rotation. One or both of them needs to be that constant threat of getting to the quarterback and disrupting what the opposing offense wants to do.

Without some pressure generated from the end, the Bulldogs defense will become too predictable and may end up finding themselves in games similar to the embarrassment against Florida last season.

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