Herschel Walker believes Georgia has become "Tailback U," and quite frankly, it is pretty hard to rebut the legend's viewpoint. Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Keith Marshall will comprise one of the most intimidating backfields in the country this season.
However, there is also an argument that UGA has become "Linebacker U." The Bulldogs continue to stockpile talent at the position, grooming NFL-ready monsters year after year.
In 2014, Amarlo Herrera, Ramik Wilson and Jordan Jenkins combined for 294 total tackles and 10 sacks. Herrera and Wilson are no longer in Athens, but Jenkins returns for his senior season with high expectations and loads of experience. Jenkins is the returning superstar on this unit, but there are a number of youngsters who could contribute immediately.
Roquan Smith is a highly-touted outside linebacker prospect who could see game action as a freshman this season. The linebacking lunch table is obviously pretty crowded, but Smith's versatility makes him a candidate to play right away. He appears to be the type of outside backer prospect that could also play strong safety at the next level.
Gary McCrae is another tremendous athlete in UGA's incoming group of LBs. At 6-foot-4 and 220 lbs., McCrae possesses some serious length. He also looks promising in terms of his upside as a capable LB in zone coverage.
A pair of three-star OLBs could also make a splash for the Dawgs. Juwan Taylor of Hallandale Beach, FL can get from sideline to sideline without a problem. He is a fair bit smaller than McCrae, but his play-making ability is at a similar level. He is quick, which will be extremely beneficial in man coverage. Taylor can provide airtight coverage but is also speedy when it comes to chasing down quarterbacks. Chuks Amaechi, a transfer from Arizona Western College, is a DE/OLB hybrid. Because he can play as a 4-3 DE or as a 3-4 OLB, Amaechi could clearly have utility on this defense in more ways than one.
Leonard Floyd enters his junior campaign looking to build upon a strong first couple of years in Athens (12.5 sacks over the past two seasons). Reggie Carter and Tim Kimbrough are both junior inside linebackers who could be in for big seasons as well. OLB Lorenzo Carter is another beast who should thrive in an expanded role in 2015.
Georgia allowed just 337.2 yards per game last season and managed to keep opponents to an average of fewer than five yards per play. The linebackers deserve much of the credit.
After boasting the 17th-ranked defense in the land in 2014, this unit could actually get even better this season under second-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Youngsters with talent learn from ballers with experience, and thus the recurring trend of amazing UGA linebackers continues.