Backing up Battle will be the versatile Jarius Wynn, who had nine tackles and nine hurries as a reserve in 2007.
Redshirt sophomore Demarcus Dobbs, who played in every game last season primarily on special teams, is back, along with junior Andrew Gully and redshirt freshman Matthew DeGenova are behind Battle on the depth chart, with Michael Lemon, Neland Ball, Justin Houston in the mix behind Lomax at the other defensive end position.
All-SEC performer Dannell Ellerbe had a team-best 93 tackles last season, including 12 for loss and 4.5 sacks, and will hold down the defense at Mike linebacker. Part-time starter Marcus Washington, contributed 40 tackles in 2007. Charles White, consistently improved during his redshirt season and the Bulldogs also return special teams ace Benjamin Boyd. Redshirt freshman Devin Hollander will also get a look.
At Will linebacker, the Bulldogs are bolstered by the return of Rennie Curran, who ranked fourth on the team in 2007 with 53 tackles, including 13 against Kentucky. After the season, Curran earned Freshman All-America honors. Darryl Gamble had 13 tackles last season, and it was his forced fumble that led to the game-winning field goal against Vanderbilt kick-starting the Bulldogs' seven-game win streak. Akeem Hebron. is back with the program after a year at Georgia Military College and will start out at the Will position. The Bulldogs also have redshirt sophomore Justin Fields.
Akeem Dent leads the way for Georgia at Sam linebacker. Dent became a late-season starter in 2007 and finished with 36 tackles. Darius Dewberry, who also has starting experience, will also get a long look while redshirt sophomore Will Sullivan provides additional depth.
At flanker, Mohamed Massaquoi tops the depth chart after hauling in 32 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns last season. Backing him up this spring will be Mike Moore, Tony Wilson and Israel Troupe. Moore had a touchdown catch among his three receptions in 2007, while Wilson hauled in 14 passes for 124 yards.