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Dawg Sports Live’s Spring Position Previews Continue With a Look at the Front Seven

NCAA Football: Georgia at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Welcome back, and a early Happy Easter to you, Dawg Fans! The wizard himself, Dawg_Stats, and myself dug back into our Spring Position Previews this week with the Defensive Front Seven.

There is quite a bit to unpack there, and while UGA returns a lot more depth up front than it does in the secondary, the Dawgs are still 126 out of 127 teams in returning production. That means the Dawgs are going to have to grow up fast. It also means that Georgia will need to get pressure with its pass-rushers to keep a young secondary for having to cover for four, five and six seconds. If they can’t, it could be a long night when the Dawgs meet Clemson in Charlotte.

As he does, Josh put together some charts that breakdown what Georgia is replacing and what it has left. One conclusion that we both came to when looking at film and stats for this episode has to do with Devonte Wyatt. Wyatt is an absolute MONSTER force in the trenches for UGA, and it feels like he hasn’t gotten the love that some of his linemates have received.

Wyatt registered more QB pressures last season than Jermaine Johnson and Nakobe Dean, all while racking up the tenth most tackles on the team. That’s ABSURD productivity from a defensive tackle, especially when that tackle is considered the third best on the team by most fans and observers. Dawg Sports Live is officially Devonte Wyatt defenders now, and we will use every success he has from this moment on to be the hipsters who were into a now famous band, “back when like you and the rest of the posers in your Converses had never even heard of them man.” Great, glad we’ve established that.

We also got DEEP into the depth chart on this episode. UGA’s D-line depth is impressive, but it’s linebacker depth is too. Speaking of the linebackers, there’s much to be determined there. Is this the year that Channing Tindall finally has his moment in the sun? Does young MJ Sherman find his way into the rotation? Will Adam Anderson hold up well enough against the run to be a three-down linebacker? Kirby wouldn’t really move his best pass rusher to Star, right? What about Nolan Smith? (We found some stats that say he’s WAY closer to being very very productive than anyone realizes) Oh, and what to make of Xavian Sorey and the Spring Practice buzz around young Chaz Chambliss? Could they be too good to keep off the field?

Let’s get into it...

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