If Georgia’s defense is the biggest story of 2021, then its depth is the second biggest. Sure, it’s had a major impact in shoring up the injury situation, but on defense, it’s also had the effect of allowing Lanning to rotate the front seven like a madman. That’s meant there are always fresh bodies on the line ready to harass opposing offensive lines and back fields.
It’s also meant something else, as this series of Matt Hinton tweets neatly illustrate.
A few weeks ago, I mocked everyone in the media who left Davis off their preseason All-SEC teams, but I fully expect a few smart asses at season’s end to downgrade Davis because his stats don’t match the conference leaders on defense. (Georgia’s leading tackler at present is Channing Tindall, with… get ready… 29 total tackles. He’s having a helluva year, but the SEC leader is LSU’s Damone Clark, with 68. Georgia’s top player in tackles for loss is Adam Anderson. He’s 24th in the conference. You get the idea.)
Don’t get me wrong. I think this team is brilliantly fashioned, the defense in particular. But don’t be surprised, assuming things hold up, if the best defense in the country and one of the best over the past decade seems underrepresented at season’s end on awards list. Not that anyone of us is likely to care all that much.