Georgia Football: 6 important leaders who must return next year

Nolan Smith celebrates a fumble recovery. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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Bo Nix is tackled by Travon Walker and Adam Anderson of the Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

More experience for Travon Walker will help

Travon Walker is a junior defensive end that has exploded onto the scene this year and has been a massive component of the Dawgs’ success.

Walker has 19 tackles on the season, three tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one pass breakup and 12 quarterback hurries.

He is someone who makes plays week after week and is exceptionally talented. At the same time, getting him another year under his belt will only benefit him.

The Dawgs lose Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt on that defensive front, so they will need someone to help Jalen Carter get the job done.

Walker continues to grow as a football player the longer he is in Athens, which sounds cliche, but it’s true. He already passed his career-high tackle total and has matched his tackles for loss and sack-highs as well.

He is getting strong, smarter, and better each game, so imagine what kind of monster Walker would be if he took one more year to improve his craft?

Walker could be a first-round draft pick if he decided to come back for his senior season.  The Dawgs need leaders to help bring up the new generation of players, and he has the skillset to do so.

He has watched his teammates earn their roles and how it helped them get better. Another year of learning from defensive line coach Tray Scott would only help him make more money and succeed more.

Granted, he is a guy who could go to the draft this year and do just that, but taking a chance and showing NFL coaches he is all about being a team player could help him in the grander scheme of things.