Its never a bad time to add quality depth and a certain defensive lineman is well on his way to making this a reality.
Jordan Davis is coming off a solid performance against Vanderbilt with two tackles and a huge 4th and 1 stop where he jumped the gap and made an impressive play for a turnover on downs.
“He played good in spurts. He flashes. He’s big, he’s hard to block. He’s really worked hard on his conditioning,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “He does extra conditioning almost every day. He’s gotten to be one of the most in shape guys because of the conditioning that he does. He works about the half the time on scout team, about half the time with us. He gives the offensive line a really good picture, and he goes against better O-linemen when he goes against our offense…He continues to get better.”
The time for Davis to emerge could not be more crucial for the Bulldogs as the status of two contributing defensive lineman questionable heading into Saturday’s game.
David Marshall was not at practice Tuesday with an apparent foot injury and Devonte Wyatt has a brace on his left knee, but was noticeably limping and did not participate in drills.
Davis will most likely travel for the first time and play a reasonable amount of snaps. Kirby is looking for his arrival and quickly.
“He hasn’t arrived yet, but of all our kids that I’m most proud of, he’s worked the hardest to get where he is,” Smart said. “A lot of guys as freshmen got to come in, and they were two on the depth chart, or three, or they got to play, or they played on special teams. This kid has grinded. He’s grinded himself into a very productive player, a hard-to-block player. We just have to get him where he gets a little more quickness and is able to move better.”