ESPN names 4 Georgia football standouts to ‘Way-Too-Early’ 2023 All-American Team


Connor Riley

DawgNation Staff



Georgia coach Kirby Smart already knew his 2023 crew was going to carry again extra expertise than his 2022 crew did. Many key faces will return for Georgia subsequent season, that means the Bulldogs may have to face a distinct type of problem of their quest to win one other nationwide championship.

“I personally suppose subsequent 12 months goes to be a way more troublesome problem than this 12 months as a result of we had so many guys leaving final 12 months,” Smart stated after Georgia beat TCU 65-7. “We bought numerous guys coming again.”

A handful of these gamers are anticipated to be among the many greatest within the nation subsequent season. You already know a few of the prime names, with Brock Bowers returning for his third 12 months on campus. He led Georgia in receiving in every of his first two years on campus. He received the Mackey Award this previous season, which is given yearly to the nation’s prime tight finish.

Related: Brock Bowers unsurprisingly at his greatest in nationwide championship win: ‘His future is limitless’

Bowers is anticipated to retain that crown in 2023, as Bowers was one in every of 4 Bulldogs to make ESPN’s ‘Way-Too-Early’ All-American Team for the 2023 season. Joining Bowers on the checklist is linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson, security Malaki Starks and defensive finish Mykel Williams.

Bowers, Dumas-Johnson and Starks have been all common starters for Georgia this previous season. Williams is likely one of the many defensive linemen Georgia rotates into the sport. But none have been extra productive than the Columbus, Ga., product as he led the crew with 4.5 sacks.

And that was what he was ready to do as a freshman.

“From the time Williams set foot on campus, Georgia coach Kirby Smart was raving about his work ethic,” Low wrote. “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. He tied with Jalen Carter for the crew lead in quarterback hurries (31) and shall be terrorizing opposing SEC offenses for 2 extra seasons.”

Williams and Starks are each getting into their second 12 months within the Georgia football program, whereas Bowers and Dumas-Johnson shall be of their third 12 months at Georgia.

Georgia had two unanimous First-Team All-Americans in 2022 however the Bulldogs may have to exchange each of them in Chris Smith and Carter.

As for another gamers to watch who may emerge as potential All-Americans, linebacker Smael Mondon, defensive deal with Bear Alexander, cornerback Kamari Lassiter and Sedrick Van Pran all match the profile of gamers who may do huge issues subsequent season. Georgia continues to be ready on Van Pran’s NFL resolution as of this writing, whereas the opposite three gamers aren’t draft eligible but.

Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama all positioned two gamers on Low’s All-American checklist, with Georgia being essentially the most represented faculty with 4. The Bulldogs additionally sit at No. 1 in ESPN’s ‘Way-Too-Early’ Top 25 rankings for subsequent season.

Georgia does have to exchange some key items subsequent 12 months, together with quarterback Stetson Bennett, Carter, Smith, offensive deal with Broderick Jones and cornerback Kelee Ringo. Georgia did signal the nation’s No. 2 signing class for the 2023 cycle, as soon as once more bringing in the most effective hauls within the nation.

Combine that with a few of the proficient gamers Georgia brings again and you’ll see why the Bulldogs are as soon as once more favored to win all of it subsequent season, as troublesome because it may be.

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