The Linebacker Shuffle

ATHENS – Four weeks ago, all the shuffling among Georgia's linebackers looked like desperation.

All of a sudden, it's a strength for the No. 6 Bulldogs.

"It shows that we're a unit," junior Marcus Washington said. "It's not just individuals. We've got a lot of guys who are worthy of being starters. Coach knows he can put his backups in the game and get the same production as he can from his starters."

Georgia has started five different linebacker combinations in the last five games, and a different linebacker has led the position in tackles each of the last three games.

"I would have to say that linebacking corps is a lot more solid now than at certain times in the season," head coach Mark Richt said.

The difference is experience, Washington said.

"Coming into the season we were fairly inexperienced," Washington said. "Not a lot of guys had seen much significant playing time. Now we're playing in game 12 and a lot of guys and a lot of guys have gotten some experience."

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