The Georgia Bulldogs released their depth chart for the team’s regular season opener against Clemson on Saturday and had a stunning development with the SEC’s leading tackler from a year ago, Ramik Wilson, listed on the second team defense.
Wilson led the conference with 133 tackles a season ago and was named to a number of preseason All-American teams, but after suffering a concussion early in fall camp and missing time, Wilson has been relegated to the second string, for now according to Georgia linebackers coach Mike Ekeler.
“Any time you miss practice it sets you back and he missed a bunch,” Ekeler said of Wilson. “It kind of is what it is. We’ve made some moves and he’s trying battle his way back right now.”
Tim Kimbrough is listed as the starter in Wilson’s spot with Amarlo Herrera starting at the other inside linebacker spot. Georgia boasts what may be the best pair of outside linebackers in the SEC with Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd, who is a breakout player to watch in his sophomore year.
Depth charts are a fluid situation and this is not set in stone that Wilson will not start the opener against Clemson, but it serves as a wake-up call of sorts that no jobs are safe and you have to earn your spot in the lineup.
Whether Georgia is punishing Wilson for suffering a concussion or not is up for debate, but what is not up for debate is that Georgia is a better team with Wilson in the middle of their defense and gives them the best chance to win, especially with Clemson and South Carolina on the schedule to begin the year.
If Wilson can practice this week, he should be in the starting lineup.