Football has finally come back to Athens, Ga. It is in shorts, but its football and its a good sign. Here are a few players that have flashed early for UGA football.
Rusty Mansell reports that Jermaine Johnson arrived at UGA football’s Fall Camp up 15 pounds from where he played last season. The added weight will help him to set the edge as well as rush the passer. This is Johnson’s last year to improve his NFL Draft stock. Expect a big season from him.
Two years after tearing his ACL, outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman looks like he is back to 100-percent. He has looked really good running around out there. Even though they are just practicing in helmets and shorts this is a good sign. UGA football is deep at linebacker, but Sherman should have an opportunity to get on the field this season and make an impact.
Mansell has also reports Travon Walker is looking to build on his solid freshman season in 2020. Walker was able to get 3.5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, in his first season as a Bulldog. Mansell also reports that it is being said that Walker is “moving at another gear.” It has been a long time since UGA football had a truly dominant defensive lineman, hopefully, Walker can change that in his sophomore season.
Walker is not the only defensive lineman getting praise though. Jalen Carter is showing why he was rated a 5-star by the 247Sports Composite. He should be able to make an impact on Georgia’s defensive line this year. As mentioned before, Georgia is in need of impactful players on their defensive line. Jordan Davis and Walker are good building blocks, but they need help.
A rotation of Walker, Davis, Carter, Malik Herring and Julian Rochester is going to be hard for any offensive line to handle. SEC teams are going to have their hands full when they line up against these monsters. This is the best group of defensive linemen Georgia has had in a very long time.
It is no surprise that Georgia’s defense is ahead of its offense at this point. Georgia’s defense is one of the best in the nation. The offense is going through a facelift and may take a little while to find their footing. Regardless, it is good to see these defenders sticking out and showing improvement. They are why Georgia’s defense is predicted to be even better this season.