2019 UGA Football: Sophomore Surge, Linebacker Channing Tindall

Channing Tindall saw limited action in his freshman season. He showed signs of stardom. We'll see more of #41 at in the defense during the 2019 season.

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Channing Tindall was one of the most coveted linebackers in the country coming out of high school. He was the #5 inside linebacker and ranked #103 overall by 247sports, and being that he was from Columbia, it made his commitment so much sweeter knowing that he went to school about 25 minutes away from Williams-Brice Stadium, home of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Tindall has the ideal inside linebacker size, standing at 6'2 213 lbs. This is very similar to the measurements of UGA great, Roquan Smith, coming out of high school at 6'2 207 lbs. Thanks to the great strength and conditioning program at UGA, Smith left UGA at 236 lbs. We will likely see Tindall add some muscle throughout his years at UGA as well. Barton Simmons of 247sports believes that Tindall can easily get up to 240 lbs. I reckon he'll have very similar measures to Roquan, again, when he enters the NFL Draft.

Much like Smith, Tindall also has elite side-to-side speed. He showcased that throughout the season where he was responsible for seventeen tackles. He's also quick to react and can fight through contact, making him a good pass rusher as well. We saw him come up with two vital sacks later in the season against Kentucky and Alabama. Those sacks are just the beginning for him, and we'll see a lot more from Tindall as his role on the defense grows. 

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While his playing time was limited, we saw Tindall appear in all 14 games last year. At the beginning of the season, he played more of a special teams role. However, towards the end of the season, we saw Tindall get more snaps on defense, and he came up big. He's still learning and growing as a player, but it's easy to see his progression throughout last season.

Tindall will most likely be primarily on defense versus special teams in his sophomore season. It would take a huge offseason for Tindall to knock off upperclassmen, Tae Crowder and Monty Rice, but it is not a far fetched idea. This just goes to show you how talented this Georgia football team truly is, and how deep they are at each position. And we haven't even brought up freshman five-star Nakobe Dean either. Extreme depth and competition at a pivotal position, it's becoming a trend at UGA under Kirby Smart.

The probable scenario for Channing Tindall is that he will be a reserve, yet a key component to the defense. He'll see plenty of snaps in 2019, and will likely emerge as a starter in 2020. You can count on Tindall to play a huge role in Georgia's success in the near future, starting this season.

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