“I wouldn’t say it’s solidified,” linebackers coach John Jancek said. “They are still competing for starting positions. We’ve started a number of different guys at different spots and we’re going to keep shaking the lineup up practice by practice.”
After a tryout at backup weakside linebacker, Brandon Miller has been back in his starting spot on the strongside the last two practices, pushing Danny Verdun Wheeler to a backup role once again. The Bulldogs still view Miller primarily as a strongside linebacker, Jancek said, but nothing is set in stone.
“We change them in and out during practice,” he said. “As we get closer to the first ball game, you’ve got to start to settle in, especially when you start game planning, but I think (the rotating) will be ongoing throughout the year. I keep referring to last season as an example. If we didn’t have that flexibility to move guys around, I don’t know what we would have done (due to injuries).”
Georgia already has been nagged by minor injuries at linebacker this fall.
True freshman Darius Dewberry of Peach County suffered the most serious of those, leaving practice Monday morning after pulling a groin muscle. Dewberry could miss up to two weeks, Coach Mark Richt said, but still is expected to play this year.
“I think it’s a fairly significant pull,” Richt said. “I think it’ll take a week or two. He pulled it pretty good.” Starting middle linebacker Jarvis Jackson is “day-to-day” due to a foot injury, he said. He tried to practice Monday but left after aggravating the injury. He’s now “day-to-day,” he said. Backup weakside backer Dannell Ellerbe (shoulder) didn’t practice fully in either of Monday’s sessions but said afterward that he wasn’t hurt and coaches were merely being cautious. He is suspended for the first three games of the season.