No real surprises in Georgia’s showing on the 2012 coaches’ preseason All-SEC team announced Thursday: The Dawgs had six defensive players selected, but only two offensive players and none on special teams.
Two Dawgs made the first team: outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and senior safety Bacarri Rambo. On the second team were quarterback Aaron Murray and nose tackle John Jenkins. Making the All-SEC third team were receiver Malcolm Mitchell (who’ll start out the season playing primarily on defense), defensive end Abry Jones, linebacker Alec Ogletree and cornerback Sanders Commings.
Georgia’s six defensive players picked is tops for the conference. Florida and South Carolina had five defensive players each named. Overall, Alabama and LSU both had 11 players named, followed by Arkansas with 10, and Georgia, Florida and South Carolina with eight each.
RUSS NOT DONE YET
Interim mascot Russ will keep the spiked collar on as the season opens Sept. 1 against Buffalo, the Savannah Morning News reports, quoting a member of the Sonny Seiler family that owns the Uga line. The Seilers offered no other details about the timetable for the naming of Uga IX, the paper reported. Charles Seiler, the mascots’ main caretaker, had expressed concern last year about subjecting a puppy to the early September heat and hinted the family might wait until later in the month to install the new mascot.
OFFENSIVE LINE WEAK LINK?
If you’re easily depressed, you probably shouldn’t read the overview of Georgia’s offensive line play posted by Russ Mitchell of Collegefootballnews.com. Mitchell notes that “if the Bulldogs are going to have a successful season in 2012, which should mean beating what few top teams they will face, Georgia must get better play out of the offensive line. During the past four seasons, no unit in the SEC failed to meet expectations more consistently than UGA’s underperforming offensive line. We’re not just suggesting against other offensive lines – any team, any position.”
Unfortunately, he says, “don’t expect to see material improvement here in 2012. Georgia returns only two starters from a squad whose yards per carry actually dropped 2011 vs. 2010, that even with an improvement at running back and a bevy of talented/experienced starters. It also allowed more sacks per game in 2011 (2.4; 85th in the nation) vs. 2010 (1.9 per game; 62nd in the nation).”
Georgia’s 2012 offensive line, he notes, will likely have just 31 career starts for its first unit, compared with LSU’s first unit, which has 104 and Alabama’s, which has 95.
On the bright side, despite that Mitchell still expects Georgia to face LSU again in Atlanta.
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