DawgNation Daily simply doesn’t see another Jordan Davis at defensive line on the Georgia roster. (Tony Walsh/UGAAA)

How Jordan Davis kept the weight off and became UGA’s most important defender

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Jordan Davis is poised for big season with Georgia football

When you recruit as well as Georgia has in recent seasons, there’s a lot of attention and emphasis on the 5-star recruits the Bulldogs are chasing. They’re usually the fastest, most athletic prospects in the country and potential game-changers for programs.

This fall though, you might want to pay more attention to the 330-pound former 3-star defensive lineman at the center of the Georgia defense as opposed to the eight former 5-stars on Georgia’s defense.

Because that’s both how good and important Jordan Davis is to the Georgia defense.

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Davis has come a long way from his high school days when he was playing offensive tackle for Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C. Weight has always been a concern for Davis, which is why despite his 6-foot-6 frame and rather quick first step, he was the No. 424 prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.

The junior defensive tackle has never shied away from his weight issue and has now turned it into a motivating factor.

Like many during the initial outbreak of COVID-19, Davis was worried about adding on extra weight. But he got that under control and looks to be in the best shape of his career entering a pivotal 2020 season.

“It’s just trying to progress every day,” Davis said. “Move that chip lower and lower, move faster and faster every day. I’ll look at myself in the mirror sometimes and be like, ‘Dang you’re really slimming up.’ So, it’s just good to see the progression.”

With teams unable to run the ball, it also helped give Georgia the No. 1 scoring defense in the country.

So how does Davis improve from last season, where he was a lynchpin for one of the top defenses in the country?

“I look at a lot of my game film my freshman year, sophomore year and I feel like I played too loose,” Davis said.  “I want to tighten up my technique and keep the power and strength that I also have naturally and push the pocket.”

Georgia football defensive lineman Jordan Davis

In 2019, Davis registered 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Those don’t seem like big-time numbers, but when you consider his primary job is to occupy blockers in order to free up Georgia’s other defenders, it makes sense.

The reason though for the excitement surrounding Davis from both plugged-in Georgia fans and NFL scouts is because Davis began emerging as a disruptive force late last season. His 2.5 sacks all came against Florida, Texas A&M and LSU.

Because of that late season surge, Davis will begin the year as a first-round draft pick according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.

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