UGA early 2012 depth chart

Editor's note: DawgNation presents a two-part series on Georgia's early 2012 depth chart. Monday: Offense. Today: Defense.

ATHENS, Ga. -- With the regular season completed and recruiting for the 2012 class in full swing, now is a good time to look over Georgia's roster and contemplate the Bulldogs' needs for next fall.

Georgia could return as many as nine defensive starters -- potentially losing only seniors DeAngelo Tyson and Brandon Boykin -- depending on what happens in the next few weeks as underclassmen decide whether to enter the NFL draft early. Either way, the core of a resurgent Bulldogs defense will be back in 2012, and Georgia again should rank among the SEC's defensive leaders.