Stetson Bennett (QB #13) – After what feels like a 37-year college career, Stetson Bennett will suit up for the final time “Between the Hedges” this upcoming Saturday. At this point, we have all heard Bennett’s remarkable story from walk-on to national champion. It’s difficult to put into words how much Bennett means to UGA, but there is still plenty to accomplish this season. It will certainly be an emotional day for Bennett and the Dawgs taking on their little brothers from the ATL in the final home game of the season. Bennett deserves all the cheers and support that will come his way during his last home game of his college career.
Warren McClendon (RT #70) – McClendon simply doesn’t get enough credit for his contributions to Georgia’s powerful offense line. McClendon has silently been a dominant force at right tackle for many years for the Bulldogs. The Pre-Season All-SEC First Team player has led Georgia’s offensive front to be named a semi-finalist for the Joe Moore Award – given to the nation’s toughest and most physical offensive line. McClendon’s physical presence will be utilized to keep a clean pocket for Stetson Bennett as well as open up holes to gash Georgia Tech’s abysmal run defense.
Kearis Jackson (WR #10) – The physical receiver from Fort Valley, Georgia is a truly underrated piece to this football team. Jackson is one of the vocal leaders that returned for his fifth year of eligibility. His stats are not eye-popping, but time and time again, Jackson makes big plays when it matters most. Jackson will look to replicate the production he showed versus MSU against a decent Tech defensive backfield.
Kenny McIntosh (RB #6) – McIntosh is another player who has played his best football as of late. McIntosh splits carries across Georgia’s talented backfield, but he is a dynamic pass catcher and Georgia’s most elusive back in the open the field. Georgia Tech is ranked near the bottom in the country in rushing defense, which means fans should see a heavy dose of Georgia’s rushing attack. Look for McIntosh to take advantage of a plethora of touches against the Jackets.
Chris Smith (S #29) – Another senior playing his final home game this week, Chris Smith has been the backbone of Georgia’s defense this season. Smith’s contributions to this talented defensive unit have been recognized as he is a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy – given to the nation’s best defensive player. It is certainly well deserved as Smith has racked up 43 tackles this season and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. Smith looks to finish off a spectacular home career with a dominate performance against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
Robert Beal (OLB #33) – Beal, despite not putting up the same numbers as a season ago, has been a vital piece of the Georgia defense. Beal, while not producing remarkable sack total numbers this year, has been quietly effective in disrupting the passer causing numerous throw aways and incompletions. With Nolan Smith’s injury, Beal’s veteran leadership will be counted on against Georgia Tech and in other important upcoming games.