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Georgia Football: The 5 Strongest Positions on the Roster

Brian JonesContributor IMay 1, 2012

Georgia Football: The 5 Strongest Positions on the Roster

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    Every team has strengths and weaknesses no matter how good or bad they are, and for the Georgia Bulldogs, the weaknesses have been documented during spring practice.

    With the team's depth issues on the offensive line and the secondary, fans are a little concerned if the Bulldogs have enough fire power to win the SEC.

    But as many issues they have with the offensive line and secondary, their strength at some key positions could earn the Bulldogs another trip to the SEC title game.

    Here's the five strongest positions on the roster heading into the regular season.

Inside Linebacker

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    Michael Gilliard, Alec Ogletree, Christian Robinson and Armarlo Herrera are the four inside linebackers and all four have the ability to make plays consistently.

    Robinson and Ogletree were the starters at the beginning of last season, but when both players went down with injuries, Gilliard and Herrera had to step up and played well.

    Ogletree might the be the most athletic of the bunch, but will miss the first two games of the season because he failed a drug test. That won't be a huge issue because the other three are very sound fundamentally and can fill the void that Ogletree's absence will create.

Outside Linebacker

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    With a player like Jarvis Jones at outside linebacker, Bulldogs fans can breathe easy knowing they have a guy to lead the defense.

    Chase Vasser is the projected starter at the other outside linebacker spot. While he is not the player Jones is, Vasser is a hard worker who does not make many mistakes.

    The combination of Jones, Vasser and the inside linebackers makes the Bulldogs a major player on defense.

Nose Tackle

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    John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers maned the middle of the defense last year, forming a dangerous duo once they got more comfortable with the scheme.

    Jenkins and Geathers both had strong spring practices and there is no reason to doubt that they will have a strong 2012 season.

    Last year, Geathers started six games while Jenkins started seven. Geathers had 14 tackles and Jenkins had 28 tackles and three sacks.

Defensive End

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    With DeAngelo Tyson gone, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham needed to find more depth at defensive end. So he decided to move Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington from outside linebacker to defensive end.

    Drew will likely back up Abry Jones, who had 48 tackles and seven sacks last season. Drew should see a lot of snaps as the season progresses. Washington will start and has looked comfortable in his new spot, racking up four tackles, two for a loss, in the spring game.

    When you add Garrison Smith to those three, you get a defensive line that could be the best in the conference.

Wide Receiver

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    Malcolm Mitchell may not play a lot of wide receiver this season, but the Bulldogs are deep at the position and they all should really improve with another year of working with quarterback Aaron Murray.

    Tavarres King was the Bulldogs' leading receiver last year and is looking to have a more productive 2012, this being his final year.

    Michael Bennett and Chris Conley were young receivers that played well when called upon last season. They should be better with a second year in the offense.

    Then there's Marlon Brown, who has underachieved throughout his career but is still very talented.

    There may not be another A.J. Green on the roster, but this group of receivers can get the job done.

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