Grantham's Defensive Changes

   Coach Grantham is going to have a busy 2013. Todd is going to have to replace 12 starters. That's a lot of new talent to incorporate into his scheme. Got a lot of work to get done. 
   Seniors exiting are: Abry Jones, John Jenkins, Cornelius Washington, Michael Gilliard, Christian Robinson, Sanders Commings, Branden Smith, Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo. That's nine dudes who played a lot of snaps the last couple of seasons.
   But wait; there are some draft eligible juniors who will leave too. Jarvis Jones is gone. Kwame Geathers might be out of here. Same for Alec Ogletree. So, the final tally is 12. That's 12 starters and 618 tackles this past season.
   The D-Line needs rebuilding quickly. Garrison Smith is a stud. But who lines up next to him? Michael Thornton capable of stepping in? Lot of questions up front. No wonder we're after 8-10 DL in this recruiting class.
   At Linebacker, Amarlo Herrera looks like a warrior inside. Ramik Wilson has the talent to elevate his status. But this unit goes from deep to questionable. 
   The 'Dogs Secondary get hit hard. We lose both safeties and two corners. Again, no wonder Richt's staff is going after DB's hard right now on the recruiting trail.
   Obviously, playing time is a good sell in recruiting. All these guys want to play immediately. So, the void up front and in the secondary should bring in an impressive group of talent. But how many can really step in and play in 2013?
   BIG QUESTION #1: Can Ray Drew take over at DE and be an impact guy? It's time to find out.
   BIG QUESTION #2: Will Jordan Jenkins take over for Jarvis Jones and be an impact, playmaking talent?
   BIG QUESTION #3: Does Coach Grantham find a spot for Josh Harvey Clemons?
   If those 3 guys can step in and play ball, the 'Dogs Defense might be able to handle all of the new faces. If not, there will be concerns heading into Clemson.

 

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