Learning from last season: Johnathan Sullivan

Johnathan Sullivan is the key to the Georgia defensvie line. Can he continue to improve as much as he has in the last two seasons?

What we learned:

Probably the best defensive lineman that Georgia has coming into the 2002 season, Johnathan Sullivan will probably earn All-SEC honors by the end of 2002 if his play continues to improve the way it has the last two seasons.

Sullivan had a solid 2002 season. Against South Carolina and Houston, Sullivan recorded two sacks each. He was third on Georgia with four sacks for a total loss of 18 yards. Against Tennessee as well as South Carolina he made seven tackles. But his high in tackles for the year came against Boston College in the Music City Bowl. Sullivan was outstanding against Boston College's offensive front.

Sullivan can get to the quarterback. He proved that in 2001 with his four sacks and 15 quarterback pressures. He will be the leader of the defensive line. Considering how young Georgia's defensive front is, Sullivan will have to live up to his pre-season All-SEC status (Birmingham News).

What was said

"No one will question whether Johnathan Sullivan will be a good defensive end, that's a given.'' – Rodney Garner

''I'd rather be inside, but right now I have to do what's going to help the team." -  Johnathan Sullivan after he was moved to Buck position before the Auburn game

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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