Position Previews: Linebackers

Aug 26, 2013

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

Despite the loss of NFL fist-round draft pick Alec Ogletree, the Bulldogs return some firepower inside. Amarlo Herrera (6-2, 244, Jr.) is Georgia's leading returning tackler with 70 (which ranked fifth in 2012) and he took back an interception for a touchdown a year ago. Georgia also has Ramik Wilson (6-2, 232, Jr.) and Kosta Vavlas (6-0, 214, Jr.) as well as Tommy Long (6-2, 218, RFr.) and A.J. McDonald (6-0, 226, Jr.). Early enrollees Ryne Rankin (6-1, 222, Fr.) and Reggie Carter (6-1, 229, Fr.) got valuable reps in spring drills.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

The Bulldogs said goodbye to NFL first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones, one of the most decorated players in school history, at the end of last season. Still, Georgia returns a host of players with experience. Jordan Jenkins (6-3, 246, So.) came into his own as a rookie, posting 31 tackles, including five sacks, and a fumble recovery opposite Jones. Chase Vasser (6-3, 219, Sr.) had 19 tackles in just five games before being sidelined by an injury. The Bulldogs also return T.J. Stripling (6-6, 237, Sr.), Josh Dawson (6-4, 254, So.), James DeLoach (6-3, 265, So.), Brandon Burrows (6-3, 235, Jr.), Matt Stagg (6-3, 225, RFr.) and Dillard Pinkston (6-3, 218, RFr.). Stripling had a sack among his nine tackles a year ago.

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