Georgia's defense hopes to rebound vs. Alabama, 'no matter how ugly'

INDIANAPOLIS -- On Friday, following the final practice of his career on campus, Georgia senior defensive lineman Jordan Davis wrote what he described as "a little memo" inside his locker, tucked away for the next player to find.

Davis said he wrote his name, a note and the years he played there.

"It's in a little hiding spot, so they kind of have to find it," he said. "But when they do, they have a little message. It's more so for me, so when I come back, I can look at it and say, 'Yeah, that was my locker,' if I have kids in the future or bring my brothers or something like that."

Davis, the larger-than-life, 6-foot-6, 340-pound Outland Trophy winner and face of the Bulldogs' defense, has undoubtedly left his mark on the program, although even he was neutralized the last time Georgia faced Alabama, in the Dec. 4 SEC championship game.

Georgia's defense was pushed, shoved and manhandled up front in a resounding 41-24 loss to the Tide, raising the question of where Georgia's 2021 defense truly belongs in the lore of college football history. Was Alabama -- a team that had surrendered seven sacks to rival Auburn just a week earlier -- really that much better? Were Georgia's jaw-dropping statistics the result of mostly mediocre regular-season opponents?