2. Nakobe Dean
Three monumental turnovers happened in a couple of minutes right before halftime, and Nakobe Dean was one of the culprits who bullied the Florida offense.
He caught the second interception of the game, and it happened to be Dean’s first pick-six of the season and Georgia football’s fourth.
Dean also finished the game with seven tackles, one quarterback hurry, and a pass breakup.
That pass breakup was a huge play for the Dawgs as he batted down a pass on fourth down that turned the ball over on downs and gave Georgia the ball.
The general knows how to lead this defense. He has excellent hands and is one of the most intelligent men on the entire team. There isn’t much Dean cannot do, and Georgia is so lucky to have someone like him.
His ability to pick up on things before they happen has been so tremendous for Georgia this season. It has almost become an automatic penalty for the opposing team when he calls that defensive line shuffle.
Dean is the second-leading tackler for the Dawgs as he has 37 total tackles. He has five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, one breakup and 14 quarterback hurries.
The wildest thing about Dean, though, is he hasn’t led the team in tackles after any of the first eight games. He doesn’t have to because he is helping his teammates make plays and suffocate defenses.
Statistics aren’t the only way to measure success, and Dean proves it. He doesn’t need to lead to be known as one of the Bulldogs best. Dean is a powerhouse on the field and leads with a purpose. Without him, this defense wouldn’t be the same.