ATHENS — Georgia’s top two outside linebackers are fairly well known. But Kirby Smart would like a “pool of players” at that position “who can run and are athletic.”
And it sounds like he believes he has a a few more who fit that bill.
One is Chuks Amaechi, a rising senior, did not do much in spring practice because of a labrum injury. But Amaechi is expected to be ready for summer workouts, and then presumably for preseason practice in August.
“There’ll be some limitations I think in the weight room. But he’s working really hard,” Smart said. “He was a really good role player last year, especially on special teams. You watched special teams, he stood out as a guy that could help us, and he’s got a really good attitude as well.”
Another outside linebacker with some length and ability is rising sophomore D’Andre Walker, who had three sacks during G-Day. But Smart downplayed Walker’s performance that day, when asked about him during Wednesday’s SEC spring teleconference.
“D’Andre did rush the passer well, and was mostly matched against the (second-team) offensive line, and we’ve got depth problems there. He got to take advantage of some match-ups that he might have been more dominant in,” Smart said. “He’s gotta become a better all-around player. He’s got to get stronger in the weight room, and more physical.”
Smart said the same goes for Lorenzo Carter, the rising junior and presumed starter. Davin Bellamy, another junior, is on pace to take the other starting spot.
But another player Smart mentioned hasn’t been heard from in awhile: Keyon Brown, who came to campus a few years ago as a defensive lineman and was on scout team last year as a redshirt freshman.
“Keyon Brown’s another guy that is going to be able to help us, especially with as many snaps as we play on defense these days, it’s nice to have a pool of players who can run and are athletic,” Smart said. “The biggest concerns are size and strength, getting those guys a little bit bigger.”