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Amarlo Herrera looking forward to increased opportunities next season

Likely to be the team's leading returning tackler, linebacker Amarlo Herrera will likely take on more responsibility.

Kevin C. Cox

A team stocked with NFL-caliber talent on defense in 2012, the Georgia Bulldogs are expected to lose a large contingent of their two-deep in the coming NFL draft. And with junior linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree also expected to depart, the Bulldogs will be looking for new leaders on the defensive side of the ball.

Amarlo Herrera, an inside linebacker who will be a junior come the 2013 season, is expected to step up, and he seems ready to step into a leader's shoes and seize the opportunity for increased importance for the Bulldogs.

"It's kind of daunting," Herrera told DogBytes Online. "Sometimes its kind of weird that it came so quick. But I've got to pick my game up to help all these young guys. I know these young guys look up to me and have seen what I can do, so it won't be that hard."

If all of Georgia's defensive players who are expected to leave do so, Herrera will be the team's returning leading tackler, after recording 67 in 2012.

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