Georgia Bulldogs position battles

Even with a few questions, Georgia is equipped with one of the SEC's most complete teams. Still, there are a few questions the Dawgs hope to answer before the season begins.

1. Quarterback: Are you starting to see a trend in the SEC? Something about these quarterback battles. With the Bulldogs, this situation might not be as dire as a lot of people think. The battle consists of redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, junior transfer Greyson Lambert and junior Faton Bauta. Ramsey entered and left spring as the presumed favorite, but then Georgia's staff went after Notre Dame graduate Everett Golson and eventually signed Lambert as a graduate transfer from Virginia. That left some scratching their heads about the quarterback position and whether Ramsey was really ready to take over. He's the only one with real SEC experience (333 yards and three touchdowns last year), but Lambert threw for 1,632 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Plus, Lambert was beat out for the starting job at Virginia this spring, so is he really ready to start in the SEC? Talks out of Athens still revolve around this being Ramsey's job to lose, especially with the arm strength he possesses, but official word might not come until after the season starts. The good news is that whichever guy takes over has Nick Chubb to hand off to.

2. Middle linebacker: The Bulldogs have to replace starters Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera inside, but the coaches have been pretty pleased with the work done by juniors Tim Kimbrough and Reggie Carter. Right now, Kimbrough is penciled in as the starter at Will linebacker, but the staff has been playing around with the Mike position, rotating Carter and talented edge rusher Leonard Floyd, depending on what formation the Dawgs are in. This was a position of strength for the Bulldogs last year, with Wilson and Herrera combining for 225 tackles, so the guys poised to take these two spots will likely have their hands full this fall. One thing that will help is that Georgia doesn't necessarily need a set starting group because the Dawgs have good depth here. UAB transfer Jake Ganus and true freshman Natrez Patrick, who enrolled in January, are also getting looks inside.

3. Defensive line: Before spring practice began, the Bulldogs returned just five scholarship defensive linemen. Not the best when you're in the SEC, but the Dawgs found some more depth with early enrollees Michael Barnett and Jonathan Ledbetter at defensive end and signed six total defensive linemen. The Dawgs have to replace a solid chunk of experience, so expect a lot of rotation up front. Seniors Sterling Bailey and Josh Dawson are back, but things are still in flux up front. Bailey entered fall camp as a starter at tackle, but fellow senior James DeLoach could challenge him for reps and time. There will be quite the battle at nose guard with John Atkins, Chris Mayes and highly-touted true freshman Trenton Thompson, who could be a real star in this league. Thompson is an absolute beast in the middle and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he eventually took over as the starter in the middle. Helping outside will be Dawson, and the hope is that Ledbetter will bounce back from a recent undisclosed injury. Barnett and fellow frosh Justin Young also will get some looks up front.