March 15, 2007

Defensive end battle heats up Monday

One of the biggest battles of the spring resumes on Monday evening when the Georgia Bulldogs hit the practice field again following a week off for spring break. Redshirt sophomore Roderick Battle and senior Marcus Howard sat atop the defensive end depth chart at the end the first week of spring practice, but can they hold on to their starting spots with six players behind them challenging for playing time.

With Charles Johnson and Quentin Moses NFL-bound, Georgia has to replace 77 total tackles, 14 sacks, 62 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries that Johnson and Moses put up last season.

Battle, Howard, and junior Jeremy Lomax combined for 20 total tackles, three sacks, eleven quarterback pressures, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery last season as backup defensive ends.

Georgia has four redshirt freshmen defensive ends Michael Lemon, DeMarcus Dobbs, Kiante Tripp, and Brandon Wood who have never played a down of college football.

Dobbs and Lemon earned the respect of their teammates on the scout team last fall, but this is their first time competing for actual playing time. Wood and Tripp missed most of the fall with shoulder and foot surgeries respectively and neither player is completely healthy this spring.

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