The Georgia Bulldogs lost more talent on defense than just about anybody in the country following the 2012 season. In all, 12 players who started at least two games are no longer in Athens, but Jarvis Jones may be missed most of all. The team leader in sacks and defensive spark plug is plying his trade for the NFL now, leaving a void of leadership and sacks at the linebacker position. Luckily for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs, they have the talented Jordan Jenkins waiting in the wings to step up.
Jenkins put together a strong freshman campaign opposite Jones in 2012, finishing second on the team in sacks, finishing the year with five quarterback takedowns, along with 16 additional quarterback hurries. In total, he had 31 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, two pass break ups and a forced fumble to round out his stat sheet.
With another year of experience under his belt, Jenkins is ready to take the next step and disrupt opposing offenses next season. He put together a strong spring, highlighted by four tackles and a sack in the spring game, as he emerges as a defensive leader for a Bulldogs’ unit that will be breaking in plenty of fresh faces next fall.
For Georgia to make another run to the SEC Championship game, they will need their defense to reload and hit the ground running next fall. Jenkins has flashed the ability to be the disruptive force that the Bulldogs need leading their defense, but can he carry the responsibility of leading the defensive unit in 2013?