It’s by no means too early to start out taking a look at the coming College Football season. Many of the Georgia trustworthy are nonetheless celebrating the 2022 National Championship however the Bulldogs themselves are already turning the web page in the direction of the 2023 season and the identical may be mentioned for many who cowl the sport.
ESPN’s Chris Low put out his listing of way-too-early 2023 All-Americans comfortable friday His listing consists of only a first-team offense, first-team protection, and first-team particular groups, with Georgia main all applications with four alternatives. Of be aware, there seemingly would have been a fifth choice, however the listing was launched roughly six hours earlier than middle Sedrick Van Pran introduced his choice to return to Georgia. For comparability, the Dawgs had three on the 2022 listing – one in every of whom returns as a two-time choose.
Coming as a shock to utterly nobody, rising junior tight finish Brock Bowers makes the listing on offense. The Napa, Calif. native has been Georgia’s high offensive weapon throughout its back-to-back National Championship run, with 1,989 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns in his two seasons up to now.
Bowers was the finest (and most versatile) tight finish in school football every of the previous two seasons. Why not a 3rd? He catches all the pieces, can line up nearly wherever on the discipline and positive aspects yards after the catch like a working again. Go watch him block, too. He’s relentless and may block inside or on the edge to spring an enormous play. The 6-4, 230-pound Bowers has a protracted profession forward of him in the NFL, and he has another yr of school ball remaining after scoring a complete of 24 touchdowns (20 receiving and four speeding) in his first two seasons.
Bowers was a near-instant star for Georgia in 2021 and didn’t disappoint throughout his sophomore season in Athens. In 15 video games, Bowers had 63 catches for 942 yards and 7 touchdowns, with four runs for 109 yards and three touchdowns. He was chargeable for the Bulldogs’ longest run of the season — a 75-yard landing in opposition to Kent State — and was twice named SEC Offensive Player of the Week throughout the season. Bowers was given the John Mackey Award as the nation’s high tight finish in 2022.
The three players listed on protection embody a pair of second-year players coming off freshman All-American seasons, two of six whole true sophomores to make Low’s All-American team. First up is rising sophomore defensive finish Michael Williams
From the time Williams set foot on campus, Georgia coach Kirby Smart was raving about his work ethic. And, sure, his expertise. Williams didn’t disappoint as a real freshman and is subsequent in line to be the dynamic front-seven defender everyone seems to be speaking about at Georgia. The 6-5, 265-pound Williams was a freshman All-America choice and led the Dawgs with 4.5 sacks. He tied with Jalen Carter for the team lead in quarterback hurries (31) and might be terrorizing opposing SEC offenses for 2 extra seasons.
Williams began the first two video games of the season and led the team with 4.5 sacks and 30 quarterback pressures in his first yr. Williams was sixth on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss. Rising Junior Jamon Dumas-Johnson makes the listing following his first season as a full-time starter at inside linebacker.
They have nice linebackers at Georgia, and Dumas-Johnson is the subsequent one. He’s a 6-1, 245-pound run-stuffer and also can fly round and strain the passer. As a real sophomore final season, Dumas-Johnson led the Dawgs’ nationwide championship protection with 9 tackles for loss. He was second in general tackles (70) and third in quarterback hurries (26). Some have in contrast him to former Georgia nice Nakobe Deanwho received the Butkus Award as the nation’s finest linebacker in 2021.
An Associated Press All-SEC second-team choice, Dumas-Johnson began in all 15 video games final season and is the second-leading returner in sacks (four) and quarterback hurries behind Williams. Rising sophomore defensive again Malachi Starks additionally made the listing.
The younger expertise on Georgia’s 2022 nationwide championship team was unattainable to overlook. The 6-1, 205-pound Starks performed nicely past his years as a freshman. He led all Georgia defenders with 847 snaps performed and completed third on the team with 68 whole tackles whereas beginning in all 15 video games. His means to take action many issues on protection makes him an ideal match for Smart’s system. He can play the deep security place, come up and canopy inside receivers/tight ends and also can blitz.
Starks began the final 14 video games of the season, together with his seven cross breakups tying for the team lead. He additionally has a pair of quarterback hurries to his credit score. Starks completed third on the team with 68 tackles, together with 1.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.