The Georgia Bulldogs were unable to limit opponents' running games as well as defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had expected last season. Despite having three players who are projected to go in the first round of the NFL draft, the Bulldogs ranked No. 12 in the SEC in rushing yards allowed per game. Senior John Jenkins, who anchored the defensive line, will need to be replaced at the nose spot. With Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington graduating, the lack of line depth that was apparent in the SEC championship game also needs to be addressed.
Grantham hopes that new Georgia defensive tackle commitment Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson, Kan., Community College) can help with that. The No. 4 player in the ESPN Junior College 100 will play defensive end and move inside during nickel situations.
“Toby brings athleticism to Georgia,” said Ryan Andrews, Johnson’s former coach at Banneker High in College Park, Ga. Andrews told DawgNation what makes the lineman's skill set so valuable.