April 13, 2006

Dawgs thin at Linebacker

Georgia's linebackers aren't far from being able to finally let out a collective sigh of relief. After scraping through spring practice with just four healthy scholarship linebackers, the Dawgs linebacker corps will get a very significant upgrade in depth when a quartet of freshmen arrive on campus this summer.

All four of those freshmen linebackers, Darius Dewberry (6-3, 211), Darryl Gamble (6-2, 215), Akeem Hebron (6-1, 195) and Akeem Dent (6-3, 210) will be a welcome addition for the Dawgs, who were forced during spring practice to fall back on a cluster of walk-ons to fill some back-up roles behind Tony Taylor at the Will and Sam linebacker Brandon Miller. Since senior Danny Verdun missed the spring with a wrist injury, sophomore Marcus Washington was the only non-starter scholarship linebacker, playing at the Mike.

The absence of proven players in back-up roles made it a tough spring for Georgia's linebackers from a depth standpoint, but they still came out of it confident that they'd made strides to help improve play by Georgia's defense enough to avoid allowing four different running backs to rush for more than 100 yards in a single game like they did a year ago.

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