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Georgia football-2022 roster moves
1/10/22 - Indianapolis - Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart celebrates with linebacker Nolan Smith after their 33-18 win against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10, 2022. Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

The big 2022 Georgia football roster questions that still need answering

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The big 2022 Georgia football roster questions that need answers

After a flurry of players entered the transfer portal and declared for the 2022 NFL draft, we have a better idea of what Georgia’s team will look like next year. The Bulldogs know they will be without Nakobe Dean, Travon Walker and a few others going into next season.

Georgia also knows it will be seeing two former Bulldogs suiting up for opponents next season, with Justin Robinson going to Mississippi State and Jalen Kimber announcing he will be playing at Florida.

But Georgia’s roster still needs more work, even with the 2022 NFL Draft deadline being Monday. The Bulldogs are currently under the 85-man limit for scholarships but stand to add more freshmen over the summer. And as we saw last season, the Bulldogs are likely to make some addition via the transfer portal after spring practice.

So with that in mind let’s reset where things stand with Georgia and what decisions still need to be made.

What happens at the quarterback position: The biggest name here is Stetson Bennett, Georgia’s national championship-winning quarterback. Due to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility, Bennett could return to college for a sixth season.

If Bennett were to return, his scholarship would not count towards the 85-man roster due to him being a sixth-year senior. As it currently stands, Georgia projects to have four scholarship quarterbacks on its roster next season in JT Daniels, Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton.

But given the option of the transfer portal, it is hard to imagine all five quarterbacks remain on Georgia’s roster. The Bulldogs are likely to see some quarterback movement. Who leaves hinges significantly on what Bennett does.

What does Nolan Smith do?: Of the upperclassmen with legitimate NFL draft hopes, Smith is the best prospect that hasn’t announced his intentions yet. Smith had only 3.5 sacks this past season and could use a more productive senior season to bolster his stock.

Sacks though don’t encapsulate how impactful Smith was for Georgia this season. He’s an excellent run defender and produced his fair share of turnovers this season. Smith also possesses exceptional leadership and will likely impress teams in interview settings.

Related: The Decision: What will elite Georgia edge rusher Nolan Smith decide for 2022?

If Smith elects to return, he’d instantly become the face of the Georgia defense, much like how Jordan Davis was for Georgia in 2021. That matters to Smith, who has often spoken about leaving a legacy at Georgia.

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