Georgia ends spring with no guaranteed defensive starters

photo University of Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) is brought down by Georgia's Ramik Wilson (51) at Neyland Stadium.

Georgia wrapped up spring football practice Thursday afternoon, and questions on the defensive side of the ball are as abundant as when the Bulldogs started.

Coach Mark Richt is confident in the leadership and talents of senior quarterback Hutson Mason, senior center David Andrews and junior tailback Todd Gurley. The defense has nine starters returning, but 15 spring workouts did not secure any certainties.

"I don't know if anybody has nailed down a starting position," Richt said in a post-practice news conference. "I would be shocked to get a lineup any time soon."

Senior inside linebackers Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera combined for 245 tackles last season, and Richt said even they are not immune.