Leonard Floyd was a beast for the Dawgs in 2013, and as it stands now, he’ll be the guy in 2014. Floyd, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker out of Eastman, Ga., logged 55 tackles (9.5 for a loss) in 13 games played last season. Floyd will man the SAM linebacker position for the Dawgs, while Jordan Jenkins will man the JACK linebacker role. Jenkins, poised to have a breakout year in 2013, played all 13 games and logged 45 tackles (12 for a loss) while doing so.
Backups: Floyd will be backed up by redshirt freshman Shaun McGee followed next by redshirt sophomore Tommy Long. The jack position is served by youth as well. Jenkins will be backed up by redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy and sophomore Johnny O’Neal. While the backup spots could change a bit, it’s safe to say Floyd and Jenkins are the top dogs right now. First year Georgia SAM linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have the final say, though.
Looking to the future: Simply put – the Dawgs you see now are the future at outside linebacker. Floyd is just a sophomore and Jenkins only a junior. Their backups are also young. Floyd is a player to look for big things out of in the coming years. He was impressive in 2013, and his future is bright. Bellamy and O’Neal are also some players to keep an eye on.