“They are definitely not losing any football capabilities here.”

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…

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12 responses to ““They are definitely not losing any football capabilities here.”

  1. D’Andre Walker and Richard LeCounte are the two players I’m most excited to see get a lot of reps next season. Both seem to pop on screen when you watch them.

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  2. CB

    Patrick is the hinge, if he’s back and full go I feel very comfortable with all the playing time Monty Rice got as a TFr, not to mention returning veteran Juwan Taylor. Add in McBride and Tindall and I think we’re fine. At least one of those guys should shake out. Sidenote: I was surprised to see Otis Reese moved to safety, his high school tape has him looking like Roquan incarnate. I could see another move next in store for him next off season if not sooner.

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    • Brandon

      Serious question, is Natrez participating in spring practice or do we know yet? I read a while back he was still in school. Apologies if this has been discussed, I am a long time poster but am now an old fart and don’t get to keep up like I used to.

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  3. Cojones

    Isn’t it amazing that we don’t have to have as many position cross-trained players as we did before these last two classes? Instead of complaining of any one player’s play, we now just say “Throw so-and-so in there “because we now have so many backups to choose from.

    The only thing we may be guilty of when plugging players in so readily is Kool-aide complacency for the season. We can’t lose sight of shit happening in games and losses that can color our opinions about coaches and players.

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    • Got Cowdog

      We play ’em for a reason, right Cojones? Everyone in the conference is out to win and after last year some payback, maybe? I’m having a hard time thinking this team could be better than ’17. I’ll keep channeling my inner Munson for a while yet.
      But damn, all that depth on the O-line looks promising, does it not?

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Nobody gets in the offensive backfield faster than Walker. The right side
    of the D looks pretty tough with Rochester/Clark, Ledbetter, Walker, Natrez, Baker and Reed.

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    • Cojones

      You mentioned them all on the same line and now I gotta take another shower. I’d take it outside except for the lightning.

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  5. Cosmic Dawg

    Can we please add Football Capabilities to the lexicon?

    The measure of an athlete’s ability to run, pass, or kick the football, or to prevent one’s opppnent from doing same.

    Antonym: Football Culpabilities

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  6. Mayor

    We got personnel. I really like this team in 2018.

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