Before we lose perspective on Georgia’s offseason troubles, let’s remind ourselves exactly what the situation is at this point.
- OG Clint Boling: One game. Impact: minimal. The line won’t miss a beat against Georgia Southern.
- FB Fred Munzenmaier: Two games. Impact: significant. This suspension along with Southerland’s injury has left Shaun Chapas as the only regular fullback for the first few games. The staff has had to shuffle some reserves around just to have enough practice bodies behind Chapas.
- LB Darius Dewberry: Two games. Impact: moderate. Dewberry is one of the top linebacker second-teamers, and the Dawgs will have to look a little more critically at their SLB depth chart. This suspension might get Akeem Hebron on the field sooner than expected.
- SN Jeff Henson: Indefinitely. Impact: minimal. Bo Fowler has stepped in at the long snapper position before and will do it again.
- DB Donavon Baldwin: Indefinitely. Impact: minimal. Depth is always important, but Baldwin is currently listed third on the free safety depth chart.
- DE Michael Lemon: Dismissed from team. Impact: moderate. Georgia fortunately has some depth at defensive end, but Lemon was supposed to be in the mix. His departure isn’t the end of the world, but it isn’t insignificant either.
In case you’re wondering, Georgia’s high-water mark for suspensions entering the season was 2003 when 8 players were suspended for the season opener at Clemson. Defensive starters Will Thompson and Kentrell Curry were also injured for that game, and things were so bad in the secondary that a freshman walk-on named Tra Battle was pressed into service.