Now it’s just a matter of divvying up playing time. For Jeremy Pruitt and Kevin Sherrer, sometimes it’s as easy as putting all four of your top outside linebackers on the field at the same time. That’s what Georgia does in some sets, giving Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy each a chance to get after the quarterback.
“That’s something we talked about during the summertime,” Bellamy said. “A lot of guys in that room can bring something to the table so coach really wanted to get us on the field somehow.”
Georgia’s defensive coaching staff had its fair share of changes during the offseason. Those changes, in combination with landing a five-star defensive prospect, led to the idea of putting four outside linebackers in one defensive set.
“It was when (Carter) got here, and we saw how Zo was and how Zo was adapting,” Bellamy said. “I had a good spring, then we have (Floyd) and Jordan (Jenkins) who y’all know of. He kind of realized what we were doing on the practice field and we were bringing so many good things to the practice field that he just wanted to find a way to get us on the field.”
Only one outside linebacker can be the best, though.
“Our room is a very talented room,” Bellamy said. “I feel like it’s kind of like being raised by wolves because everybody in our room is so competitive that he just wants to get all four of us on the field.”
Bellamy has yet to take any quarterbacks down for a sack this season, but he has brought the pressure with one hit. He also has four tackles in two games played – one for a loss of five yards. Jenkins and Floyd, however, are tied at two quarterback sacks apiece. It takes more than one outside linebacker to get those sacks, though.
“Whatever it takes to help the team win, I’m down for,” Bellamy said. “Sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet for your teammate.”
It’s a process.
“We look up to Flo and Jordan, but also we want to be better than them and we kind of try to imitate the things they do, but do it better,” Bellamy said.