OLB unit looks to get creative

There’s no shortage of talent for Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer.

Jordan Jenkins. Leonard Floyd. Lorenzo Carter.

All are back this season, which means Bulldog coaches could get creative again to use the trio that combined for 15 ½ sacks in 2014 at the same time.

“We want to get as many of those guys on the field as we can in different ways,” Sherrer said Thursday. “A lot of times it depends on what style of offense your facing each week, too. Last year (against) Auburn we played three of those guys at the same time and then on third down we have four on the field.”

Floyd, who was projected as an early round draft pick if he jumped to the NFL, isn’t practicing this spring after shoulder surgery but is expected to be full go for workouts by June.

He’s still primarily an outside linebacker/defensive end, but…

“He’s going to probably spend some time at inside backer like he did a little bit last year as well,” Sherrer said.

Just how much he plays inside will depend “on how the spring shakes out,” Sherrer said, and how the incoming freshmen linebackers look. “It’s still up in the air. We haven’t decided exactly yet. We know he’ll do both.”

Newcomers Chuks Amaechi (Arizona Western) and Natrez Patrick (Mays High) are being groomed this spring to be used at both outside and inside linebacker.

Patrick worked at outside linebacker before moving to the inside. Amaechi went from inside to outside and seems likely to remain there heading into the preseason after recording three sacks in the last scrimmage.

“It just gives us more ability to mix and match those guys when you have Chuks and then Natrez that have played both positions,” Sherrer said. “Now they understand, and it’s easy to kind of rotate and change those guys in and out each week, give people different looks.”

Davin Bellamy will be another piece at the position. Freshman D’Andre Walker will join the outside linebackers.

“Last year we played, shoot, six,” Sherrer said. “Four to six out of that group. We kind of mingle them back and forth inside and outside. We kind of train a lot of them in a couple of different positions to get some depth.”

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