Nakobe Dean mindset: Unbeaten SEC record ‘means nothing,’ Georgia has unfinished business

Georgia middle linebacker Nakobe Dean could be playing his final home game in Sanford Stadium, as he's a projected Top 10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean continues to set the tone for the Bulldogs, on and off the field.

Dean put the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs undefeated run though the SEC portion of their schedule into perspective after the 41-17 win at Tennessee on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs should coast into the SEC Championship Game as their remaining games are against FCS Charleston Southern at noon on Saturday and at Georgia Tech.

Georgia could pitch two shutouts in the final two games and improve their defensive rankings even more.

The Bulldogs rank No. 2 in total defense, No. 6 in pass defense, No. 2 in rush defense and No. 1 in scoring defense.

Dean was not pleased Tennessee put 17 on the scoreboard on Saturday night, scoring its final touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

“It’s always frustrating for the other team to score, definitely,” Dean said. “For our defense, this was the most points we gave up this season. So, me, personally, just knowing how hard I am on myself and knowing the standard I hold for this defense, I’m not happy about that touchdown.

“But, also it was a great team win. I love the way our guys fought.”

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