Worried about who will be stepping into Davin Bellamy’s and Lorenzo Carter’s shoes? They’re not.
That’s why they know the 2018 season will offer the chance for more Bulldogs to get their starting turns on the defense. Bellamy’s first pick in the “next Wolfpack up” category would be senior D’Andre Walker.
Bellamy felt Walker also could have started for a lot of SEC teams last year, too.
“He finished last year with like 15.5 tackles for a loss and something like six sacks,” Bellamy said. “He really made some game-changing plays for us in only a short amount of playing time. I’m really looking for him to take the next step.”
But he also had a couple more names in mind. That was sophomore Walter Grant. Grant saw extended action last year for the program as a true freshman member of Georgia’s “Wolfpack” core at OLB.
Walker roomed with Carter last year. Grant roomed with Bellamy. That certainly sounds like those two were being groomed to take over those starting spots in 2018. They were able to learn from a veteran and see what it took to hold down a starting spot.
Grant stood out.
“He has the length and size to be in that Leonard Floyd and Lorenzo Carter category and has a nose for the football,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy also felt that Grant picked up the playbook faster than any freshman he’s been around. That might have been because he had a pretty good tutor.
“He’s a young bull and I taught him everything I knew and he picked it up pretty fast,” Carter said of Grant. “Playbook. Work habits. He really understands football.”
There was also one more name to add to list of names to watch from spring practice.
“There’s another guy that a lot of people are sleeping on is Robert Beal,” Bellamy said. “He started coming along really well toward the end of the season last year. We started throwing him in there late with some good-on-good reps against the 1s and 2s from the offensive line. He really started to hold his own.”
All Walker seemed to do when he was in was make plays. And Grant showed phenomenal football sense for a true freshman. Add Beal and a couple of studs from the ’18 class to them, and I have to say I’m not too worried about the OLBs stepping up just fine. If only somebody could reassure me in the same way about the ILBs…