Last season was a carousel at linebacker – Georgia started the same lineup only three games. Taylor missed four games last season, but Georgia didn't lose any of them. Still, Taylor was moved back to the outside in order to get him back to his old position.
That moved Jarvis Jackson (14 career starts, 140 total tackles, 2 sacks, 2 caused fumbles, and 16 quarterback pressures) to move to middle linebacker for his final season. Jackson is the linebacker that Georgia has use most in rotating around. Last season alone he started in two different linebackers spots. For the first time in his career, Jackson may be able to settle at one position for an entire season. If Taylor gets hurt on the outside there are enough linebackers to fill in for him now – Jackson won't have to do it.
Taylor is without question the leader of the linebackers, but there might not be a more valuable one than Jackson because of his versatility and heath – he's missed only one game in his career with injury.
Marcus Washington might be the only "true" middle linebacker that practice with the Dawgs this spring in Athens. He's powerful, and faster than he looks. Washington (6 total tackles) didn't play in every game, and didn't start in any, but he did show flashes of things to come against Boise State and Kentucky. Washington had a very good spring, and will be ready when his time comes to start full time in 2007.
All-American Candidates: None
All-SEC Candidates: Jarvis Jackson (2nd Team)
Burning Question: Is this group motivated after giving up 382 rushing yards to West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl?