LEXINGTON, Ky. — He may or may not play today, but new defensive lineman Netori Johnson made the trip with the Georgia Bulldogs today.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman from Atlanta, had played nothing but offensive line for the Bulldogs until this week. In an attempt to create depth and possibly provide some impact to the troubled interior defensive line, Georgia moved Johnson from offensive guard to noseguard this past Monday. The fact that Johnson would ne included on the Bulldogs’ 70-man travel roster is an indication that the Bulldogs liked what they saw.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Johnson had not traveled to Georgia’s previous road games. He was a 4-star signee out of Cedar Grove High in 2017. He was late in arriving to Georgia as a freshman, not getting to campus until July and redshirted.
Johnson replaced freshman offensive lineman Owen Condon on the travel roster for the Florida game. Also making this week’s trip was freshman outside linebacker Robert Beal. He replaces defensive back Latavious Brini.
It remains to be seen if there is anything to it, but Otis Reese’s family members posted on social media that the freshman defensive back would be getting his first start today. It’s unclear at what position that would be but more than likely it would be the star/nickelback position.
Junior Tyrique McGhee normally starts there and played very well against Florida, with an interception and forced fumble. But the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Reese is much bigger and might be better suited to effect Kentucky’s physical run game and star back Benny Snell. McGhee likely would come in on passing downs.