Returning defenders ready for bigger roles 

December, 5, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- When Georgia’s seniors lingered on the field to accept the Governor’s Cup from Gov. Nathan Deal after beating Georgia Tech, reality began to sink in for Amarlo Herrera.

[+] EnlargeGarrison Smith, Jeff Driskel
Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesJunior DE Garrison Smith prefers to let his play do the talking, and that will be expected much more next season.
Looking around the half-empty dressing room, the sophomore linebacker realized how many of his veteran defensive teammates won’t be around the next time the Bulldogs take the field at Sanford Stadium.

“We saw that when they weren’t in the locker room, when they were out on the field,” Herrera said about the moments after the 42-10 win last month.

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