Huck’s Projected 2016 Defense Depth Chart

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Huck’s Projected 2016 Defense Depth Chart

Lorenzo Carter (7)
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With Spring Practice and G-Day now in the books we take a stab at how the Bulldogs defensive depth chart will look when the Bulldogs open the season.

#1 – Trenton Thompson – 6’4 307 – The Bulldogs most talented defensive lineman will be asked to play a major role both as a run stuffer and penetrating on the interior to create negative plays.

#2 – DaQuan Hawkins – 6’4 302 – A big surprise from the Class of 2015 that is incredibly strong at the point of attack and with a relentless motor.

#3 – Michail Carter – 6’4 302 – A true freshmen who will more than likely be asked to play significant snaps because of his college ready body.

#4 – Tyler Clark – 6’3 290 – Would normally redshirt but due to the Dawgs lack of depth along the defensive line he may get some spot play because of his frame.

#1 – Michael Barnett – 6’4 286 – Barnett has the combination of length, strength and athleticism to both stop the run and rush the passer.

#2 – Jonathan Ledbetter – 6’4 268 – This will be a big summer for Ledbetter as he could develop into an elite level defensive lineman if he can put on 10 pounds more good weight.

#3 – Justin Young – 6’4 278 – Young quietly stood out in the spring game.  He plays with excellent pad level and a non-stop motor.

#4 – Chauncey Rivers – 6’3 272 – Facing a two-game suspension, Rivers could provide a pass rushing option from the end position upon his return.

#5 – David Marshall – 6’3 278 – Much like Tyler Clark, Marshall would normally red shirt but because of his frame and athleticism he may get a look due to lack of depth.

#1 – John Atkins – 6’4 300 – I put Atkins on the list of most improved looking player in the spring.  He is country strong is very tough to move of the ball.

#2 – DaQuan Hawkins – 6’4 302 – When the Dawgs are in the 3-4 Hawkins will get looks at both end and at the nose due to his combination of strength at the point of attack and lateral pursuit.

#3 – Julian Rochester – 6’5 327 – An 19-year old that looks like a 26-year old and has the size and strength to play like one.

Davin Bellamy – 6’5 251 – Bellamy stepped up in a big way with Lorenzo Carter struggling last season and proved he can be reliable setting the edge in the run game and effect the pocket against the pass.

Chuks Amaechi – 6’3 232 – An intriguing option for the Georgia defense with his athleticism and ability to play in space.

Chauncey Manac – 6’3 255 – The true freshmen has a chance to carve out a role during fall practice because of his raw size and strength that should allow him to play stout against the run.

Natrez Patrick – 6’3 248 – The key player for UGA’s defense in 2016, Patrick has a lot of pressure to elevate his game to the level of an All-SEC middle linebacker.

Tim Kimbrough – 6’0 228 – Kimbrough is a downhill thumper that Kirby Smart is extremely fond of but he will be a two-down player in Smart’s defense.

Ryne Rankin – 6’1 218 – Unlikely to see much of a role on defense but he is a special teams demon that goes 1000 mph.

Reggie Carter – 6’1 231 – Another key cog for UGA’s defense, Reggie Carter looked in excellent form this spring coming off his shoulder injury.

Roquan Smith – 6’1 228 – While undersized compared to Coach Smart’s typical middle linebacker he has the speed and striking ability perfect for UGA’s sub/nickel packages where he should make a big impact.

Juwan Taylor – 6’1 216 – Another undersized outside linebacker who can really run but barring injury on the depth chart ahead of him he is destined for special teams.

Lorenzo Carter – 6’6 248 – Looking to rebound after a disappointing season rumors are the light bulb is starting to come on for Carter and if it does he should have 10+ sacks.

D’Andre Walker – 6’3 229 – Remember Tim Williams from Alabama last season?  That’s Walker, a pass rush specialist that is incredibly quick and ridiculously explosive off the edge.

Shaun McGee – 6’3 232 – Another Bulldog who has not made a big impact on the defensive side of the ball but he is a solid special teams contributor.

#1 – Juwuan Briscoe – 5’11 193 – From considering a transfer to becoming the Bulldogs best cover corner.  He has a unique combination of confidence and recovery speed to lock down receivers.

#2 – Malkom Parrish – 5’10 188 – Undersized but a fantastic tackler in the open field and he is a flat out gamer.

#3 – Deandre Baker – 5’11 174 – An extremely raw CB coming out of Miami but he has all the swagger in the world and a lot of natural ability to go with it.

#4 – Aaron Davis – 6’1 190 – Always overlooked because of his former walk-on status but he is a reliable cornerback who Smart and Tucker can lean on if any of the young guys are struggling.

#5 – Rico McGraw – 6’0 192 – McGraw’s spring was a bit disappointing.  He didn’t emerge at either CB positon as we expected and struggled with his tackling from the star position.

#6 – Mecole Hardman – 5’11 178 – It is hard to put Hardman any higher on this list because we don’t know for certain if he will be on offense or defense but we all know he is a special athlete.

#7 – Reggie Wilkerson – 5’11 176 – Another veteran option at corner, the undersized Wilkerson is extremely quick and has shown a knack for sticking tight to opposing receivers.

#8 – Shattle Fenteng – 6’2 185 – A young man with a lot of physical talent but has struggled with the mental side of things since his arrival in Athens.

#1 – Rico McGraw – 6’0 192 – As mentioned above McGraw’s spring was only average at best.  However, he appears to be Smart’s preference at the Star position.

#2 – Malkom Parrish – 5’10 188 – For those of us on the outside looking again Parrish has a fantastic skill set for star:  he is physical, fights off blocks and plays much bigger than his size indicates.

#3 – Jaleel Laguins – 6’2 215 – Because of his excellent speed and slight frame don’t be surprised to see him get trained at Star while his body fills out into a linebacker.

#1 – Dominick Sanders – 6’0 189 – The ball hawking Sanders is going to be put in a position to play a lot of center field and create turnovers, his perfect role.

#2 – Jarvis Wilson – 6’2 190 – Wilson got a bunch of playing time as a true freshmen and provides a little more physicality than Sanders at the free safety position.

#3 – Chad Clay – 6’0 184 – The true freshmen faces a steep learning curve despite enrolling early and will likely be relegated to special teams barring injuries ahead of him.

#1 – Quincy Mauger – 6’0 200 – The intimidator in the Bulldogs secondary, Mauger plays with the physicality to put fear into opposing receivers but just needs to be more consistent.

#2 – Rashad Roundtree – 6’1 205 – Another physical football player with a lot of raw talent but needs to develop as a football player – definitely has the smarts to become a major contributor.

#3 – Kirby Choates – 6’0 198 – Another weapon that is very important for the Bulldogs special teams as he flies down the field fearlessly and makes big hits on a regular basis.





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Matthew “Huck” Pasek was born into a family of Georgia Bulldogs. Huck’s father, Gary, graduated from UGA in 1976 and became a high school chemistry teacher at Peachtree HS in Dunwoody, GA where he coached alongside Georgia High School football legend T. McFerrrin. Gary’s love of football, especially Georgia football, was passed along to his son. Huck lives in Belmont, NC with his wife, Whitney, and works in Financial Services Litigation. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, movie fanatic and habitual traveler to St. Simons Island with his wife “just to get away”. The moniker ImYourHuckleberry arose from his favorite movie, Tombstone, and character Doc Holiday’s famous line, “I’m Your Huckleberry”. Matthew was never one to shy away from a confrontation or debate, thus the nickname instantly stuck.

3 responses on “Huck’s Projected 2016 Defense Depth Chart

  1. Bulldawg Bob2

    Dang fine job Huck. I think I would move Davis up to the no.3 CB, but I am just being knit picky.

    Wonder if we might see Roquan Smith in the STAR role with his speed and athleticism as well?

  2. DawgByte

    Well done Huckster! I agree with all your picks and comments with the notable exception of one. We don’t have any DB’s that put the fear in anyone! Ain’t no Greg Blue’s on this team.