The Defense isn't Worried

ATHENS - Defenders have answered one question throughout fall camp, and that's whether or not they'll have to depend on the offense to carry the load this season.

The answer to that question is a simple no. Linebacker Ramik Wilson has confidence in the players he calls 'his guys,' and said Aaron Murray and his offense can just worry about themselves.

"I'm not worried about the offense; they're fine," Wilson said. "I'm just worried about my guys. We're going to handle our business, and I Know Aaron [Murray], Artie [Lynch] and Malcolm [Mitchell] are going to do their jobs."

Wilson didn't have much to say about the offense or the defense for that matter, but his confidence was undeniable.

"We're all going to do our job and it's going to turn out well," Wilson said. "I'm just going to say that."

It won't be easy for Georgia's defense. It will need the help of a high-powered offense consisting of Murray and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marhsall. No defense could deny that offensive support. For Wilson and his defensive unit, however, it's just a matter of splitting up player roles.

"Everybody has responsibilities and everybody has to do their job and do their assignment," Wilson said. "We are just going to play team defense and not individual [defense]. If we all do our assignments and play hard the stats and the awards will come later."

Georgia has plenty of players to distribute those responsibilities to. The guys are young, but they're still players. The first-years will be forced to grow up quickly, but Wilson has seen quick progress from them to this point. He had a few young guys who stood out to him immediately.

"Shaq Wiggins and Leonard Floyd are amazing," Wilson said. "Those two are putting on a show right now and they're going to help this team out if they keep doing what they're doing."

Floyd is a name being tossed around a lot lately by Georgia defenders, but Wilson made some of the boldest statements regarding the freshman's talents.

"He [Floyd] is unblockable," Wilson said. "His pass rush is unblockable. He plays like Barkevious Mingo from LSU."

Strong words from a very strong man. Another strong man, Josh Dawson, said the defense is looking great from both a mental and physical standpoint. Dawson is especially pleased with his own physical shape right now. He's dropped weight and came into fall camp listed at 254 pounds.

"I came in at 265 last season and I was still playing linebacker," Dawson said. "I really just dropped body fat and got leaner and it's worked as far as making me faster."

Dawson could take on a variety of roles this season, from outside linebacker to defensive end. He's ready for whatever he's asked to do.

"We had a good strength program this year and a good spring so I feel good," Dawson said. "I stand here in better shape. Coach Wilson and Coach Grantham say I look good so I'm just going to keep rolling with it."

At this point, Dawson says he has no idea what his primary position will be this season. He's not worried, though.

"That's a great question," Dawson said laughing. "Wherever Coach Grantham calls my number. Some days we might be in nickel and I'll play a nickel end, but some games we might play base and he may just throw me in at the end position. It really doesn't matter to me. Standing up or hand in the dirt, it's all the same to me."

Georgia has players everywhere, and coaches are currently working on figuring out where to put them all. The Dawgs should have plenty of options nonetheless, and the young guys' talents play a large part in that.

"We're just trying to get a good rotation and apply pressure," Wilson said. "We've got them everywhere."

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