Not a simple task

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Defections from Georgia's defense have made things a little bit tricky for Tajh Boyd during summer film sessions.

Gone are several key contributors, including Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, both of whom were first-round draft picks.

In total, seven players off last year's defense were selected in the NFL Draft. Plus, Josh Harvey-Clemons, who is slated to play a significant role for the Bulldogs this season, is suspended for the Aug. 31 game.

"Looking at it from that perspective, it's almost like you're watching film of a team that's not there," Boyd said at the ACC Kickoff, when asked about the turnover on the Georgia defense.

"There are just so many guys that are absent."

Georgia, which finished 32nd in the country in total defense [357.79 yards] and 19th in scoring defense [19.64], lost its top four tacklers from a season ago.

Jones, the Bulldogs' sack leader [14.5] is now playing for the Steelers. Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and cornerback Damian Swann are the only returning players who had multiple sacks last season.

Of the six Georgia defenders that combined for 13 interceptions in 2012, just one is back. That's linebacker Amarlo Herrara, who is also the team's top returning tackler.

Even with all of lost production, Boyd doesn't foresee Georgia falling down too far on that side of the ball.

"You know that they bring in guys that are capable for their system, that are going to go out and perform at a high level for those guys right now," he said.

Todd Grantham is back for his third year as defensive coordinator, so Boyd has taken some comfort in the fact that he's been able to try and decipher what might be thrown his way next month.

"You can look at schemes and how they defend certain things," Boyd said.

Nonetheless, it's been a bit of a headache trying to figure out who will be where for the Bulldog defense.

"It's still a little difficult, because I'm not sure exactly where their depth chart is, so we'll have to keep on looking at it, keep on doing some research," Boyd said. "Whoever they have out there, they're going to be some fighters, they're going to be some dogs. We expect a tough game, for sure." Top Stories