Spring Preview: Defensive Ends

ATHENS - Georgia's 2006 spring practice opens soon – the Bulldogs start their camp on March 4 – so here is a look at Georgia's situation at defensive end.

2005 Starter: Quentin Moses (13 career starts, 72 total tackles, 19.5 sacks)

Moses will return for his final season in Athens after seriously considering leaving for the NFL. In fact, the smart money was on Moses' leaving Georgia, but he decided against it. Now, Georgia will have two steady defensive ends on both sides of the ball.

Marcus Howard (27 total tackles, 1.5 sacks) moved to defensive end from linebacker, and the move seems to be working out better for him. Howard had six quarterback pressures in 2005. He's still trying to add weight, but he'll always be a speed rusher. Jeremy Lomax (1 total tackle, 4 quarterback pressures), another end trying to add weight, will miss this spring with a shoulder injury. Lomax will be a sophomore this fall.

2005 Starter: Charles Johnson (29 total tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception)

Johnson will move to the starting spot for his junior season. He and Moses will form a formidable tandem of pass rushers. Johnson had 28 quarterback pressures last season, behind only Moses' 38 for all returning players.

Roderick Battle will likely line up behind Johnson as the backup this spring. Battle redshirted last season, and his performance this spring will factor into his fall playing time.

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