Jalon Walker and Chaz Chambliss addressed the media on Thursday afternoon as the two linebackers are expected to have a significant impact in the upcoming 2023 season.
Walker took the podium first, fielding questions about his versatility in playing both Inside and Outside Linebacker. As a sophomore, he played crucial minutes as an Outside Linebacker during Georgia’s post-season run due to his innate ability to rush the passer and the limited depth caused by Nolan Smith’s injury. However, for this season, he is anticipated to transition back to his natural role as an Inside Linebacker.
In 2022, Jalon excelled on special teams, even managing to block a punt against Kent State. Walker stated to reporters, “I love being able to play on both sides of the ball.” Georgia is likely to tap into Walker’s exceptional athleticism to keep him on the field, making his willingness to play both linebacker positions and participate in special teams a valuable asset for the nation’s top-ranked team.
With the opening kickoff just a couple of weeks away, Walker made a strong impression on the media, displaying remarkable maturity and leadership in his inaugural press appearance. He discussed his mindset and leadership responsibilities, stating, “I’m a vocal guy and I plan to bring all my energy.” With the departure of Nolan Smith to the NFL this past year, who was not only a standout player but also a prominent vocal leader for the Bulldogs, Walker’s leadership will be crucial for the defense as they strive to replicate the defensive success of the past two seasons.
Following Walker, Chaz Chambliss took his turn at the podium. Chambliss is entering his third year with the Bulldogs and has now assumed the role of a veteran within the youthful yet exceptionally talented Outside Linebacker unit.
As expected, Chambliss faced several questions about his leadership style, considering he is one of the few upperclassmen in the linebacker group. He also attributed a significant role to Nolan Smith in the outside linebacker room throughout his career, noting that due to Smith’s presence, he “didn’t need to speak as much.” Chambliss described his leadership approach as “leading by example” and expressed his commitment to maintaining the standards set by Lorenzo Carter, Robert Beal, and Nolan Smith.
Georgia is poised to take on UT Martin just two weeks from this Saturday. Once again, a new generation of Bulldogs is prepared to embark on a historic journey, with Jalon Walker and Chaz Chambliss leading the charge in pursuit of a three-peat campaign.