So, how good can this year’s defense be?

ESPN ranks Georgia’s secondary fourth best in the conference.

4. Georgia: Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt really turned this unit around in Year 1, ranking fifth nationally in pass defense (170.4 ypg). Georgia defensive backs had 15 interceptions last season and four guys with starting experience return. Leader Damian Swann is gone, but sophomore safety Dominick Sanders could be a big-play star. Aside from Swann, all the other cornerbacks from the two-deep return.

And the front seven as the SEC’s second best.

Georgia: The Bulldogs added Trenton Thompson — ESPN’s No. 3 overall prospect for 2015 — to a veteran group up front. They lost two key linebackers in Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson, but appear to have serviceable replacements in the middle — plus the best collection of outside linebackers in the SEC. Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and Lorenzo Carter will all play on Sundays.

For comparison’s sake, Alabama’s defense, which I would call the gold standard for SEC defense, was credited with the top front seven unit and the eighth best secondary.  In other words, it’s a more than credible standing for Georgia.

Throw in my expectation that a defense usually makes great strides in the second year of a coordinator’s term – even Grantham got that bounce in 2011 – and it’s hard not to get a little excited about what might be in store this season.

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5 responses to “So, how good can this year’s defense be?

  1. JT (the other one)

    That inward sucking noise is me holding my breathe…let’s hope so; but hope is not a plan. I am sure Pruitt has a plan.

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  2. Ben

    My counting may be off, but I think you meant “10th worst” and “13th worst.”

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  3. AusDawg85

    Friends ask me “How are the Dawgs going to be this year?” I mention Chubb, obviously, then start to stammer. End up mumbling about being favored for the SECE, having to face Bama at home, then sort of shrug my shoulders. What are you guys saying?

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m hoping to see the safeties in more of the action. Seems they just played as outfielders for much of last year. And eager to see if Carter is going to breakout into a game changer like Jarvis or Pollack.

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