Josh Harvey-Clemons discusses his positioning
ATHENS - The necessary preface: There's still a lot of time between now and Aug. 30, when Georgia takes the field against Clemson. The depth chart you're about to read is a snapshot.
But based on the viewable parts of practice, and on conversations with players, here's an educated guess on Georgia's defensive depth chart:
DE: Garrison Smith ... John Taylor
NT: Mike Thornton .... Chris Mayes
DE: Ray Drew OR Sterling Bailey
OLB: Jordan Jenkins ... Chase Vasser
ILB: Amarlo Herrera ... Ryne Rankin
ILB: Ramik Wilson .... Reggie Carter
Star: Josh Harvey-Clemons ... Damian Swann
CB: Damian Swann ... Devin Bowman
CB: Sheldon Dawson ... Reggie Wilkerson
FS: Tray Matthews ... Connor Norman
SS: Corey Moore OR Connor Norman
No, I did not forget outside linebacker. But my expectation, at least right now, is Georgia will be in the above alignment - nickel defense - most of the time. Therefore the above players are the ones most likely to start.
Harvey-Clemons summed it up well, speaking after Saturday morning's scrimmage.
"It really depends on what type of team we're playing, and if it's a team that runs like Alabama or something like that, then we'll probably be base most of the time," Harvey-Clemons said. "But if it's a team that throws a lot, then we'll play a lot of nickel. So it really depends on the gameplan and what team they're playing."
The first opponent, Clemson, does throw a lot.
"Yeah, they do," Harvey-Clemons said, laughing.
But when Georgia is in its base defense:
- Take out the star spot, and insert OLB, which right now would be James DeLoach and then Josh Dawson. - Move Harvey-Clemons to first-team strong safety. Matthews remains the starting free safety.