Dawg Post Breakdown: Outside Linebackers

The outside linebacker position at Georgia has produced some of the best college football players in the country over the last several years. This 2016 group is certainty talented, but one of them needs to step up and take their game to the next level if the Bulldogs want to with the East.

Davin Bellamy, Junior

The most productive member of the group, Bellamy has shown flashes of a true pass rusher after totaling 33 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore. He also caused two fumbles on the year. The 6-foot-5 241-pound Bellamy has connected well with assistant coach Kevin Sherrer, and 2016 could be a breakout season in their third year together.  

With the departures of Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins, Bellamy will certainly be starting this season after starting two games all of last season.  Bellamy will get plenty of opportunities to rush the passer, and has the potential to be one of the best outside linebackers in the conference at the end of the year.

The former four-star recruit from Chamblee (GA) recorded two tackles during Saturday's G-day scrimmage,

Lorenzo Carter, Junior:

Lets be real, the former five-star from Norcross (GA) has been disappointing so far as a Bulldog.  He has all of the measurables coaches want being 6-foot-6 242-pounds, but has not lived up to the high expectations that were expected of him so far.

After a decent freshman season totaling 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks, Carter was being hailed as the next great Georgia linebacker.  Some even thought he would be better than Jarvis Jones.  

That didn't work out too well. Carter made a whopping zero sacks last season as a sophomore.  While he did play behind Floyd, Jenkins, and Bellamy, Carter just seemed to only make plays when he wasn't blocked.  The Bulldogs might need Carter to step up more than anyone on the team, as he still has the size and athleticism to become a force rushing the passer.  

Carter is being praised heavily again this spring and while that is very good news, I'm not buying in right now.

D'Andre Walker, Sophomore

The former four-star pass rushing specialist is having a good spring so far, and had an impressive performance during the G-day scrimmage on Saturday. Walker totaled three tackles and four sacks on the afternoon. The sophomore from Fairburn (GA) chose Georgia over Tennessee in the recruiting process, and was one of the top ranked pass rushers in the country.

In his freshman season, Walker played in 13 games, mostly on special teams, recording 9 tackles and half a sack.  Buried behind talented veterans, Walker was not able to showcase his pass rushing ability very much, but he should have plenty of opportunity this season.  At 6-foot-3 224-pounds, Walker might not be an every down player, but it's not crazy to call him the best pass rusher on the team.  

Chuks Amaechi, Senior

The junior college transfer played in 13 games last season totaling 5 tackles and half a sack. The 6-foot-3 230-pounder from Avondale (AZ) transferred from Arizona Western college and will be playing in his second and final season with the Bulldogs this season.

Amaechi is the veteran of the group and will be expected to provide leadership and experience in the huddle.

Junior Shaun McGee, senior Johnny O'Neal, and senior Tommy Long will also provide depth to the position group this fall.


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