Dominick Sanders, Junior:
The Tucker native has been Georgia's best playmaker on defense the past two seasons, and will be looked upon to have another big year in 2016. What makes Sadners stand out from the rest is his ability to create turnovers. The 6-foot-0 196-pounder is constantly around the football, and good things usually happen when he gets his hands on it.
As a freshman Sanders recroded 34 tackles, mostly while playing the “star” position, while adding three interceptions, and a fumble recovery against Arkansas that was returned for a touchdown.
As a sophomore, Sanders accumulated 48 tackles, with 5 of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. Sanders did a nice job run blitzing and making crucial tackles all season. Sanders continued to impress in coverage intercepting 6 passes with a total return yardage of 205 yards and a touchdown.
Look for Sanders to continue making plays for the Bulldogs in 2016.
Quincy Mauger, Senior:
The senior free safety from Marietta has had an interesting career in Athens so far. Many thought he was a throw-in piece for the Bulldogs to land his high schools teammate Brendan Langley. As it turn out, Mauger was the one who ended up making an impact. While he hasn’t made many game changing plays thus far in his career, Mauger has the ability to lay a decent hit every now and again, and occasionally make a nice play on the ball. The 6-foot 200-pouund Mauger will bring tons of leadership and experience to the group, and should see the field a bunch in 2016.
The former three-star recruit recorded five tackles during Saturday’s G-day scrimmage including one pass break-up
Rico McGraw, Sophomore:
McGraw showed good promise as a freshman last year, recording 20 tackles and started five games during the season. He still has some work to do, but there is a reason the old staff liked him so much. He is a very talented player who has a chance to thrive in this defense.
At 6-foot 192-pounds, McGraw plays bigger than he is, and had success last in the “star” position. He is strong against the run, and showed good cover skills at times last season.
If McGraw continues to improve this summer, he has a strong chance to land the other starting safety spot opposite Dominick Sanders. Even if he doesn’t, McGraw is versatile enough to play all over the field and should make a big impact in 2016.
Rashad Roundtree, Sophomore:
Roundtree is another safety who could turn the corner this year and make an impact. The 6-foot-2 195-pound Evans native was a four-star prospect in the class on 2015, and one of the top ranked defensive backs in the state.
Roundtree has good size and should be a nice addition in run support from the safety spot. He has good athleticism, but needs to continue working on his technique in coverage. Roundtree recorded five tackles as a freshman while playing mostly special teams, and notched three tackles in Saturday’s G-day scrimmage.
Sophomore Jarvis Wilson, freshman Chad Clay, and sophomore Kirby Choates will provide depth to the group and possibly make an impact on special teams.