Georgia Football: 6 important leaders who must return next year

Nolan Smith celebrates a fumble recovery. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Nolan Smith celebrates a fumble recovery. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /
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Academics are key for Nakobe Dean sticking around Athens one more season

The biggest shock on this list is that Nakobe Dean should stay one more season. Does he need to stay even though he is already a projected first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft?

To keep it short and sweet, no, he doesn’t need to stay, but he could want to stay.

Dean often mentioned how significant getting his degree was and how academics were a big part of picking a school during his recruitment. Thankfully he chose the Dawgs because he is one incredible human being that is so selfless and intelligent.

He is currently a mechanical engineering student, and that isn’t the easiest major to have while playing SEC football. It’s tough, actually, but that should tell you how intelligent this kid is. Dean’s parents are both brilliant people who graduated from college, and they instilled that into their son.

Despite being projected in the upcoming draft, he may want to finish his degree out and graduate.

He currently has 30 tackles, five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and 13 quarterback hurries on the season.

There is no hiding how good he is or how he leads this defense from his middle linebacker position. Dean is the mastermind on defense for Georgia and one of the biggest puzzle pieces for them.

It may seem dumb to want him to come back for one more year, but at the same time, he seems like he would be the kind of player that would choose his team over money.

Dean could wait to see how this year plays out, but between him and the four others on this list, they should come together and a junior class and decide to do something great and leave Georgia as legends.

They could all become legends this year, but if Georgia wants to leave its mark on the college football world, great players must come back and help lead the Dawgs.

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Georgia has a ton of talented football players on its team. Still, if any of these guys decide to return for another year, it’ll only continue to help the Bulldogs separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Sometimes greatness starts when players make selfless decisions, and this group loves each other so much, they could be the start of the Dawgs dynasty.