Jackson settled in the middle

ATHENS – As deep and multi-talented as Georgia's linebackers are there's one that might be the best of the group.

Jarvis Jackson started his career at Georgia by moving all around it each linebacker position. It was his task to fill in as much as possible whenever needed. He won't have to worry about wondering anymore. Now Jackson is at middle linebacker, and he will stay there the entire season.

But Jackson is only one cog in the wheel that is Georgia's talented linebacking group. He, Tony Taylor and Danny Verdun Wheeler have worked together for the last four seasons. Now the group is considered one of the best in the SEC.

"We are a good group," he said. "We have a lot of ability, and I think depth is a key for us this year.

The depth Jackson is referring to is that of younger linebackers like Brandon Miller, Marcus Washington and Darious Dewberry. The Bulldogs have a solid two-deep depth chart at linebacker – in some cases they are three-deep at the spot.

"The younger guys are way ahead of where I was when I was their age," Jackson said.

Jackson said he was not satisfied with the Dawgs' run defense performance at the end of 2005.

"We've got to stop the run more this season," he said.

Georgia surrendered more than 100 yards in all but two of its last eight games of the season. Arkansas and Auburn racked up more than 200 while West Virginia slashed the Dawgs for 382 yards in the Sugar Bowl.

"Coach Martinez has been pounding us and pounding us about it," Jackson said. "Our defense is predicated on stopping the run, so we have to stop the run."

Jackson missed Georgia's first scrimmage of fall camp with a concussion, but is expected to return.

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