Inside linebacker:We picked junior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson -- now focusing solely on playing inside after splitting his time between inside and outside in his first two seasons -- as the player to watch here. The group that lost three of its four top players from 2012, including NFL first-round pick Alec Ogletree, will be extremely young behind expected starters Wilson and Amarlo Herrera. It’s possible that all four freshman signees will see the field this fall.
Cornerback: Perhaps nobody on Georgia’s defense is more secure in his starting role than junior Damian Swann. Otherwise, cornerback was one of the team’s bigger mysteries at the end of the spring. We picked Sheldon Dawson as the corner to watch after he picked off three passes in two scrimmages before suffering a hamstring injury that kept him out of the G-Day game. A big group of summer arrivals will add to the competition here in August.
Safety: This could be a position that generates major excitement in the fall, although it will not be stocked with experience. Early enrollee Tray Matthews and sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons, our safety to watch, seem to have solidified starting spots. Otherwise, it might take some time for position coach Scott Lakatos to decide on a depth chart at safety.
The offense is much more stable, although there will be some interesting competition at a couple of positions -- particularly along the offensive line. That’s where we’ll start:
Offensive line: Although they return everybody from last season, including four players who started all 14 games, Will Friend’s line group had an extremely competitive spring. Friend shuffled lineups and players between positions in an attempt to determine the rotation he likes best. It’s possible the Bulldogs could regularly deploy as many as eight or nine linemen, including player to watch John Theus.
Special teams: This was a major area of concern entering last spring, with punter Collin Barber and kicker Marshall Morgan not yet on campus. The kicking duo enjoyed fine freshman seasons, although player to watch Morgan clearly must develop greater consistency as his career progresses. Another question for August and beyond is what might happen on the kick return teams. Mitchell is the presumptive starter there, but a number of newcomers could emerge as reasonable options.