Georgia Linebacker Robert Beal came out of high school as a 4-star rusher in the 2017 class. Since head coach Kirby Smart took over, the Dawgs have recruited at the elite level year after year, so players like Beal may have to wait for their opportunity. While having to sit behind players who have all come and gone, such as Adam Anderson, Jermaine Johnson, Brenton Cox, etc., he continued to be patient.
Beal is considered a rare athlete in an era of college football, where athletes want to start now, or they’re ready to move on to the next place that gives them that. Beal patiently waited his turn in Athens for his shot, and this year he will finally get that chance.
In a season where the UGA defense in 2021 has broken records, the 2022 defense clearly has rather wide shoes to fill. However, as Kirby Smart said at SEC Media Days, “Talent isn’t our problem, it’s experience.” One of those experienced and veteran players is Robert Beal.
Georgia’s defense was historic, both in terms of on-field performance and NFL Draft capital, but in hindsight, it wasn’t Travon Walker, the No. 1 overall pick, who led that defense in the sacks. It wasn’t Jordan Davis, Jalen Carter, Devonte Wyatt, Nolan Smith or any of the other oft-mentioned stars on that defensive front from a year ago. In limited opportunity, Beal had a major impact on the stat sheet in 2021. In 2022, the opportunity will increase significantly.
Not only will Beal continue his role as the starting SAM for Georgia, the one he ended 2021 with following Adam Anderson’s suspension, but could also see an extended role at JACK to give Nolan Smith a break at the start of the season. .
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Beal finished last season with 23 total saves, had 16 QB pressures on the season and led the team in sacks. Will this be an exceptional year for Robert Beal? Time will tell us.
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