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D’Andre Walker finally gets his turn for Bulldogs in 2018

D'Andre Walker

D’Andre Walker finally gets his turn in 2018.

The explosive outside linebacker with excellent closing speed and a knack for big plays remains relatively unheralded among Georgia defenders. He’s played in every game since arriving on campus, but has never started.

He is probably considered just the third best player on the team with that same first name (behind emerging RB D’Andre Swift and experienced CB Deandre Baker). He will certainly never rate as the best Bulldog with the Walker surname, thanks to the immortal Herschel.

Still, one last season between the hedges provides the rangy senior from Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn a chance to make a name for himself.

So far, Walker has been a bit of a third wheel behind more accomplished OLB duos.

In 2015, the Dawgs featured a stellar starting combination of future NFL draft picks Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins. The Chicago Bears selected Floyd with the 9th pick of the 2016 draft, while Jenkins went in the third round to the New York Jets in the same draft.

Floyd and Jenkins were in turn replaced by another highly-touted pair.

Juniors Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy moved into starting roles for the 2016 season. Considered likely NFL draft picks at the end of that year, they surprised (and delighted) many Georgia football followers by returning for their senior seasons in 2017. Both played huge roles in the historic run to the National Championship game, and Carter’s block of an Oklahoma field goal attempt in the 2nd overtime of Georgia’s Rose Bowl semifinal win over the Sooners will live in Bulldog lore.

With Carter and Bellamy now off to the NFL, Walker’s time as an apprentice ends.

RELATED: Time running out for Riley Ridley to leave his mark at Georgia.

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