BEN CLEVELAND (RG, #74)
The 6-6, 335-pound Cleveland, out of Stephens County High in Toccoa, is arguably the strongest guy on the Bulldogs’ 2019 roster. Seeing action in all nine games this season at right guard and registering four starts entering the Missouri game, Cleveland blends his exceptional size with power and quickness to move opposing defensive linemen and linebackers. Named to the preseason All-SEC Third Team, Cleveland and his O-line cohorts will need to be at their very best Saturday going against the Tigers’ defensive front, led by All-America candidates Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson.
DEMETRIS ROBERTSON (WR, #16)
D-Rob, as everyone calls Robertson, has become a key member of the Bulldogs’ receiving corps this season after having a quiet 2018 season, following his transfer from California and spending a year learning the offense. Entering this past Saturday night’s home date with Missouri, the 6-0, 190-pound junior out of Savannah had compiled 20 catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Getting the start against Notre Dame, Robertson responded with four catches for 48 yards in helping the Bulldogs to the 23-17 win over the Irish. Named a freshman All-American at Cal, D-Rob and the Georgia receivers will need a big game against the rugged Auburn defense on Saturday.
TAE CROWDER (ILB, #30)
Crowder’s story at UGA has been quite the remarkable one as he came to Athens out of Harris County High as a running back. But making the move to inside linebacker, the 6-3, 235-pound senior has evolved into one of the best in the Southeastern Conference. Crowder showed 36 total tackles, including 3.0 stops for lost yardage, prior to the Missouri kickoff and has been named as one of 12 semifinalists for the coveted Butkus Award, which is given to the nation’s top linebacker. Crowder notched a career-high 12 tackles in the tough loss to South Carolina and was also Georgia’s leading tackler against Notre Dame with a then career-high nine stops. Crowder and the SEC-leading Bulldog defense will be primed to slow down Auburn’s offensive attack come Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
TRAVON WALKER (DE, #44)
This highly-touted prospect out of Upson-Lee High in Thomaston, who was ranked the No. 2 prep defensive tackle nationally, has become an immediate contributor to Georgia’s defensive unit in this, his freshman season in red and black. Possessing both quickness and strength coming off the ball, the 6-5, 290-pound Walker is a solid pass rusher and in the big win over Florida, he batted down a Kyle Trask pass. Displaying his athleticism, Walker is also a member of the Bulldogs’ kick coverage units. Walker and the defensive front will need to bring the pressure on Auburn freshman QB Bo Nix on the plains Saturday afternoon.