Around the Hedges in 80 Days: W. Dantzler 

June, 28, 2012
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Sixty-five days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comRelatively inexperienced O-lineman Watts Dantzler must prove himself quickly if he's to earn playing time in 2012.

65. Watts Dantzler
Sophomore, Offensive line
6-foot-7, 310 pounds


Fall forecast: Several offensive linemen, including Dantzler, enter preseason practice in quite similar positions. Part of a big group of offensive linemen who signed last year -- Dantzler, center David Andrews and guard Hunter Long played last fall as true freshmen -- Dantzler figures to be part of Georgia’s offensive line rotation and could play either guard or tackle. He hasn’t claimed a starting spot yet, however, and will enter preseason practice as Kolton Houston’s backup at right tackle.

Career highlight: Dantzler got fairly extensive playing time in non-conference wins against Coastal Carolina and New Mexico State, but perhaps his most valuable playing time came in a blowout win against Auburn.

Experience thus far: Dantzler appeared in three games last season in a reserve role.


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