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Know Thine Enemy: UGA Defense Edition

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May 4, 2013, 11:15 PM

As we all know, the UGA defense was gutted, losing a ton of players to graduation and the NFL. So, I thought I'd give a breakdown of what a best guess on the UGA defensive depth chart may look like come the fall. Any chance one of you Clemson fans could do something similar for your defense? TIA


DE
56 Garrison Smith | 6-3, 297, SR
58 Sterling Bailey | 6-3, 295, RS SO
47 Ray Drew | 6-5, 284, JR
94 John Taylor | 6-4, 335, RS FR

Garrison Smith is a returning starter and will be one of the better 3-4 DEs in the nation. Got big props from Chance Warmack during draft coverage when Chance called Garrison the best DE he faced all year. Sterling Bailey is currently holding off former 5-star Ray Drew for the other starting spot. They both have two years in the system, but haven’t seen a ton of time in game situations yet. John Taylor is one of those country strong kids who holds his 335 lbs very well. For his size, his athleticism is off the charts, and he is expected to push for playing time sooner rather than later.

Nose
96 Mike Thornton | 6-0, 290, RS JR
93 Chris Mayes | 6-4, 315, RS SO
97 John Atkins | 6-4, 310, FR

This is a very important position for a 3-4 defense, and a position of concern for the Dawgs. Mike Thornton has taken the lead for the starting Nose spot mostly on his three years experience in the system. However, he has seen very little playing time during that time. He has a nice low center of gravity to take on double teams, but there are concerns about not having enough “junk in the trunk”. Mayes and Atkins are two mid-year JC and prep school enrollees that will provide the needed size for the position, but they are still very green. UGA will need at least one of these guys to step up in a big way in order to be successful.

OLB
59 Jordan Jenkins | 6-3, 257, SO
89 James DeLoach | 6-3, 270, SO
91 Josh Dawson | 6-4, 250, SO
33 Chase Vasser | 6-3, 231, SR
44 T.J. Stripling | 6-6, 235, SR

Jordan Jenkins will move over to Jarvis Jones vacated Will LB spot, and will get the opportunity to showcase the skills he flashed last year at the Sam. He’s a stud in the making and should get double digit sacks at his new spot. James DeLoach is currently holding off Josh Dawson for the starting Sam LB spot. Both players have really impressed the staff with their athletic ability and big things are expected of them. TJ Stripling has struggled with injuries and putting on weight. Vasser was a starter at the beginning of last year, until he went down with a torn labrum and missed the remainder of the season. It seems from most accounts that he has been passed on the depth chart now.

ILB
52 Amarlo Herrera | 6-2, 245, JR
51 Ramik Wilson | 6-2, 234, JR
38 Ryne Rankin | 6-1, 231, FR
45 Reggie Carter | 6-2, 220, FR

Herrera made some starts last year while Alec Ogletree was out, and will now assume the full time spot. He’s a solid tackler who led the team in tackles before taking a back seat to Tree, and is the team’s leading returning tackler with 70 stops last year. Ramik Wilson is holds the inside track for the other ILB spot more from experience in the system than anything else. He’ll be pushed by a bevy of true FR including early entrants Reggie Carter and Ryne Rankin. Tim Kimbrough and Johnny O’Neal will join the party in the summer. This position is probably the biggest concern overall on the defense. Counting on true FR is not an ideal situation.

CB
5 Damian Swann | 5-11, 189, JR
2 Sheldon Dawson | 5-11, 181, SO
37 Devin Bowman | 6-0, 184, RS SO
9 Reggie Wilkerson | 5-11, 175, FR

Damian Swann is the lone returning starter in the secondary, but he is a good one. Led the team in INTs last year with 4. Sheldon Dawson has the inside track for the other spot, but he will be pushed by Bowman, Wilkerson and 2 other true freshman that arrive in the summer.

S
25 J. Harvey-Clemons | 6-5, 220, SO
28 Tray Matthews | 6-0, 194, FR
39 Corey Moore | 6-2, 214, JR
11 Connor Norman | 5-10, 207, RS JR
20 Quincy Mauger | 6-0, 197, FR

These spots look to be held down by Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews. Josh is a former 5 star that won the defensive MVP for spring practice. Tray is a early entrant FR that came in and impressed right away. Corey Moore has the most time in the system, but still hasn’t seen the field much. Connor Norman is a former walk-on that knows the system the best and has the coaches confidence. Mauger is a early entrant true FR that will be joined by Bostick, Fluker, and Johnson over the summer.

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May 5, 2013, 12:25 AM

WSDE
Victor Beasley
Shaq Lawson
Ebo

SSDE
Corey Crawford
Kevin Dodd
Tavaris Barnes

NT
Grady Jarrett
Deshawn Williams
DJ Reader

DT
Josh Watson
Carlos Watson

MLB
Stephone Anthony 6-3 250
Kellen Jones 6-2 230
#44 6-2 240

OLB

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May 5, 2013, 12:46 AM

my 2 year old hit the post button prematurely...

WSDE
Victor Beasley 6-3 235
Shaq Lawson 6-4 270
Ebo 6-3 245

SSDE
Corey Crawford 6-6 275
Kevin Dodd 6-5 260
Tavaris Barnes 6-4 270

NT
Grady Jarrett 5-11 280
Deshawn Williams 6-1 300
DJ Reader 6-4 330

DT
Josh Watson 6-4 305
Carlos Watson 6-4 300

MLB
Stephone Anthony 6-3 250
Kellen Jones 6-2 230
BJ Goodson 6-1 240

WILL
Spencer Shuey 6-3 250
Tony Steward 6-2 240
Kellen Jones 6-2 230

OLB
Quandon Christian 6-2 230
TJ Burrell 5-11 225
Kellen Jones 6-2 230

CB
Baushaud Breeland 6-1 200
Gary Peters 6-0 195
Martin Jenkins 5-9 180

CB
Darius Robinson 6-0 185
Martin Jenkins 5-9 180
(coaches expect true freshman Mackensie Alexander to push for job)

SS
Robert Smith
Jadar Johnson

FS
Travis Blanks 6-1 200
*coaches expect Jaron Kearse 6-4 210 and other true freshman to compete for backup roles, 8 db's signed in last class*

IMO, like UGA, Clemson also has more depth and talent in the front 7 on defense for first time in arguably the last decade, the secondary is fairly thin excluding the true freshman class. as you know, we just never know how that will work out, but talented and at least in 2nd year of Coach Venebles system. Should not be lack of size and talent to fill the gaps in the 2ndary this year.

Looks to be a great matchup on paper to go along with both teams outstanding offenses and deep experienced OL.

I fully expect the Clemson DL and LB core to be up for the challenge of stopping the UGA run game. I feel like they can disrupt what UGA will try and do much the same way the slowed down the LSU and SC run games last year and force UGA into a lot of 3rd and longs just like they did those 2 similar running games.

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Let's talk about Vic Beasley

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May 5, 2013, 10:20 AM

So, from looking at his stats from last year (14 tkls, 8 TFL, 8 Sks) it seems he was used as a pass rushing specialist and very rarely in run down situations. Is that a fair assessment?

If so, how do you all think he will do as a full time starter in run situations? He seems a little light in the pants to hold up at the point of attack consistently, however I'm sure he has elite quickness as evidenced by his 8 sacks in limited playing time. Thoughts?

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You're right about his specialty as a pass rusher. The


May 5, 2013, 10:25 AM

staff wants him to come to fall camp at 245. If he does that, he'll be an every down player. Even at 235, he's a tough one to block. Freakish strength for his size.

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You say Vic Beasley is "light in the pants"


May 5, 2013, 10:52 AM

He might not be ideal weight, but he routinely manhandles men that outweigh him by 100 lbs or more.

"light in the pants" is derogatory.

Do a little watching of Vic's film. You probably should rephrase.

He may not be ideal weight, but he will likely dominate your 300+ lb lineman many times throughout the game.

Then we will call your OL "light in the pants".

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Really? Derogatory?


May 5, 2013, 10:58 AM

Now that's funny right there.

I said in this thread that one of UGA's player maybe didn't have enough "junk in the trunk". Is that derogatory too?

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May 5, 2013, 11:05 AM

Yes

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May 5, 2013, 11:11 AM

Derogatory to me has a completely different meaning.

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I'll tell you what's derogatory

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May 5, 2013, 11:19 AM

that commercial you did in the speedo with the little flag in your drink.

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Re: I'll tell you what's derogatory


May 5, 2013, 11:26 AM

I had a nice tan in that one.

And, as you can see, I have more than plenty in the pants.

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May 5, 2013, 11:50 AM

I'd say too much junk in the trunk!

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I get confused for Ron Jeremy sometimes ....

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May 5, 2013, 11:57 AM

But not in the good way.

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May 5, 2013, 11:59 AM

Haha! Well, you look comfortable in your own skin, so carry on.

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Re: Really? Derogatory?


May 6, 2013, 10:05 AM

your punctuation and spelling will be graded as well here comfort. tread lightly, some of these tiger are pretty sensitive.

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OK, so you just blew your own consistent claims that


May 5, 2013, 9:00 AM

every replacement has major game experience. Thanks for acknowledging our point that your defense will be manned by a bunch of first-year starters with limited experience and backed up by completely inexperienced players.

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You have me confused with someone else


May 5, 2013, 9:43 AM

I've always acknowledged there will be a ton of inexperience on UGA's defense.

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You're right. Sorry. I had this thread in particular in


May 5, 2013, 9:46 AM

mind: http://www.tigernet.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=1232646&tstart=0

In my defense, all you leghumpers look the same to me. ;)

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Only half of our defense


May 5, 2013, 9:52 AM

Will be manned by inexperienced players haha.

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^^^Here's one of the mutts who has been claiming seasoned

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May 5, 2013, 9:58 AM

replacements on D. Hey, SocialButtsniffer09, none of our O will be manned by inexperienced players. Unless, that is, some freshman beats out Seckinger at TE. Could happen because we have some studs coming up.

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It will be a little more than half ....


May 5, 2013, 10:02 AM

The numbers and the talent are there, but the experience just isn't.

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I didn't say anything about your offense.


May 5, 2013, 10:03 AM

I said only half of our defense will be manned by inexperienced players. I've given full credit to Clemson. Besides I was just trying to make light of the situation. Relax.

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nice job comfort.


May 5, 2013, 10:27 AM

this should be interesting.

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Hey, so_comfort1, this is the guy I confused you for^^^

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May 5, 2013, 10:33 AM

He's been hyping that brand new D of y'all's.

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Re: Hey, so_comfort1, this is the guy I confused you for^^^


May 5, 2013, 10:37 AM

it isn't as if the entire defense hasn't seen the field. we'll have plenty of talent in the valley to beat clemson.

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May 5, 2013, 10:40 AM

Shock and Awe coming your way. Shock and AWE.

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May 5, 2013, 10:51 AM

UGA has the athletes to run with Clemson. The biggest issue will be if they are able to handle the motion and misdirection appropriately.

Sometimes it's the X's and O's, but other times it's the Jimmy's and the Joe's.

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May 5, 2013, 10:54 AM

It's not just the formations and motions, but the speed at which they'll need to figure out where to line up and who to cover. It'll be a nightmare for inexperienced players. I expect to see a lot of busted coverages.

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True.


May 5, 2013, 11:00 AM

They'll have to get lined up fast due to the furious pace of the Clemson offense. I suspect that UGA will try to simplify some things in order to lessen the potential confusion.

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As soon as The Chad spots a trend on D, it'll be lights out.


May 5, 2013, 11:54 AM

Y'all are going to have to play some pretty sophisticated defense to stay ahead of our O. That'll mean some confusion for your young guys. As long as we take care of the ball, we should have a decided advantage on O.

Y'all will have an advantage on O, too. It will come down to which D can get the critical stops late. I'll put my money on Clemson on that account.

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IMO, neither team holds the other


May 5, 2013, 11:59 AM

under 30. Probably not even 40.

It's a race to half-a-hundy.

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May 5, 2013, 12:02 PM

Tigers 40s, Leghumpers 30s. That's my prediction. 40-39 will work just fine, but I expect something like 45-35.

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May 6, 2013, 10:14 AM

a chad morris offense has never broken 27 much less 30 versus the SEC.

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May 6, 2013, 10:17 AM

did i say something untrue?

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No. You've just said the same thing about 50 times. Do you


May 6, 2013, 10:25 AM

really think UGA's defense in 2013 will be anywhere near as good as South Carolina's defense or LSU's defense last year? And before you say it, yes I think our offense will be just as good in 2013, or better.

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May 6, 2013, 10:11 AM

you act as if everyone will be in mid-season form. there will be mistakes on both sides of the ball. dropped balls, fumbles, holding penalties....your not immune to these game changing events especially in the 1st game.

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May 6, 2013, 12:50 PM

Is that what you tell yourself so you can sleep at night? Good luck with that.

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May 5, 2013, 11:00 AM

It won't be Presbyterian or Lsu standing on the visitors sideline come 9/31. we have many victories in the valley. we will not be in awe.

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You've said that already. I just wonder how many times


May 5, 2013, 11:56 AM

Sammy, Charone, Martavis, or Adam run all alone behind your D because of the inexperience. I'll be having a great time on 8/31. You not so much.

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May 5, 2013, 11:01 AM

Yes you do.

But light on experience.

I'm glad we get you early.

I hope our poor little ACC team can give your big, bad SEC team some competition.

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May 5, 2013, 11:58 AM

1. Travis Blanks
2. McKenzie Alexander

After the first half, your passing game will be non existant!!

Mark it down Mutts!!

Go Tigers!!

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May 5, 2013, 12:38 PM

Is putting on that weight, I saw him at Fike like a week or two ago and he looked HUGE!

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May 6, 2013, 10:26 AM

If he can get to 245/250ish and keep his speed by August 31st, he will be the next impact Clemson DE

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