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Offseason spotlight: Georgia

2/27/2013

We're talking about the Georgia Bulldogs, as our offseason spotlight series continues:

Spotlight: Linebacker Jordan Jenkins, 6-3, 257 pounds, rising sophomore

2012 summary: Jenkins appeared in 14 games last season, starting six of them. He finished the year with 31 tackles and was second on the team with five sacks and 23 quarterback hurries. He was also third for the Bulldogs with eight tackles for loss.

The skinny: Jenkins was a very valuable piece to Georgia's defense last year. He was basically a full-time starter for the Dawgs from the Florida game on and now enters his second year at Georgia with a lot more responsibility, especially with the defense having to be completely revamped. Last season, Jenkins made it a habit to harass opposing quarterbacks. He wasn't the sack artist that Jarvis Jones was, but Jenkins was able to make quarterbacks very comfortable when he was on the field. Jenkins has great field instincts and with Jones gone, he'll be asked to do a lot of the things Jones did. Is Jenkins the same type of athlete as Jones? It's way too early to tell, but he does have some of the pass-rushing tendencies that Jones possessed. He's a fast, strong player who loves contact. He's Georgia's best returning player in the front seven, so the coaches are counting on him to be even better going forward. He might have big shoes to fill with Jones leaving, but the coaches trust Jenkins won't let the pressure of following a special player like that get to him. He'll need to keep his development going on the field and as a leader in the locker room, as the Dawgs look to rebuild their entire defense.

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