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Have a holly Jolly Christmas! Trenton Thompson returns and I’m looking at roster numbers

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Trenton Thompson (jumping) and David Marshall will be critical pieces for next year’s front seven
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Georgia football is riding high on it’s way to Lalaland, and apparently on a bit of a trend of potential NFL elite talent returning for a senior season. Last year was Bellamy, Carter, Chubb, and Michel, while this year it seems DL Trenton Thompson will return for a senior season to solidify a front seven losing Bellamy and Carter, as well as Jonathan Atkins, Natrez Patrick, and likely Roquan Smith, among possible others.

In addition to that, we are also nine days away from the first early signing period in college football, and thus won’t have to wait until the first Wednesday in February to see who should be joining your reigning SEC Champion roster under Kirby Smart. We’ll save the individual profiles for later, but for now, let’s just look at the basic math. We are allowed 85 total scholarship athletes (and this list will include walk-ons that play substantially), but this gives you an idea right now of who will be back and who is coming in. Now, I’m also including a couple guys that will certainly not be back next year for one reason or a million others. But this is our look from an outside eye as of today (I may be wrong on some of the redshirts)...

QB (3)- Jacob Eason (Jr), Jake Fromm (So), Justin Fields (Fr)

RB (5)- Brian Herrian (Jr), Elijah Holyfield (Jr), D’Andre Swift (So), James Cook (Fr), Zamir White (Fr)

TE (4)- Jackson Harris (Sr), Isaac Nauta (Jr), Charlie Woerner (Jr), John FitzPatrick (Fr)

WR (12)- Michael Chigbu (Sr), Akhil Crumpton (Sr), Terry Godwin (Sr), Jayson Stanley (Sr), Mecole Hardman (Jr), Riley Ridley (Jr), Tyler Simmons (Jr), Trey Blount (rsFr), Jeremiah Holloman (rsFr), Matt Landers (rsFr), Kearis Jackson (Fr), Elijah Moore (Fr)

OL (15)- Kendall Baker (Sr), Lamont Gaillard (Sr), D’Marcus Hayes (Sr), Pat Allen (Jr), Sam Madden (Jr), Chris Barnes (So), Ben Cleveland (So), Solomon Kindley (So), Netori Johnson (So), Justin Shaffer (So), Andrew Thomas (So), Isaiah Wilson (rsFr), Owen Condon (Fr), Warren Ericson (Fr), Trey Hill (Fr)

DL (13)- Daquan Hawkins-Muckle (Sr), Jonathan Ledbetter (Sr), Trenton Thompson (Sr), Michael Barnett (Jr), Michail Carter (Jr), Tyler Clark (Jr), David Marshall (Jr), Julian Rochester (Jr), Justin Young (Jr), Malik Herring (So), Devante Wyatt (So), Jordan Davis (Fr), Tramel Walthour (Fr)

LB (13)- Keyon Brown (Sr), Rashad Roundtree (Sr), Juwan Taylor (Sr), D’Andre Walker (Sr), Tae Crowder (Jr), Jaleel Laguins (Jr), Walter Grant (So), Jaden Hunter (So), Nate McBride (So), Monty Rice (So), Robert Beal (rsFr), Adam Anderson (Fr), Azeez Ojulari (Fr)

DB (14)- Deandre Baker (Sr), Jarvis Wilson (Sr), Tyrique McGhee (Jr), J.R. Reed (Jr), Tray Bishop (So), DeAngelo Gibbs (So), Richard LeCounte (So), William Poole (So), Ameer Speed (So), Eric Stokes (So), Mark Webb (So), Latavious Brini (rsFr), Chris Smith (Fr), Rachad Wildgoose (Fr)

K/P (3)- Rodrigo Blankenship (Jr), Marshall Long (So), Jake Camarda (Fr)

That’s where we stand today. Some players will transfer for more playing time, or to be closer to home, or just hang up their cleats due to injury. We’ll have room for half a dozen or more additions between now and February 7th (like the updated above to include Trey Hill). Kirby Smart will also be adding at least one new coach next month, as the NCAA allows staffs to expand with an extra assistant, and that’s if no one departs from the current staff for a promotion.