Julian Rochester eager to 'do it all' on Georgia defensive front

Georgia defensive lineman Julian Rochester (5), shown last September blocking on a Rodrigo Blankenship kick during the 31-3 blowout of Mississippi State, is hoping to be used in a variety of ways in his junior season.

Georgia defensive lineman Julian Rochester admits he was a bit limited when he signed with the Bulldogs in 2016 as a 6-foot-5, 327-pounder out of McEachern High School in the Atlanta suburb of Powder Springs.

Rochester isn't planning on challenging Terry Godwin or Mecole Hardman any time soon as a receiver or a return specialist, but now at 301 pounds he does expect to compete at all three spots along Georgia's defensive front.

"I feel like I can play every single one," Rochester said in a recent news conference.

Down the stretch of Georgia's run last season to the national championship game, the Bulldogs employed a starting defensive front of end Jonathan Ledbetter, noseguard John Atkins and tackle Tyler Clark. Rochester, David Marshall and Trenton Thompson provided quality depth, but Atkins and Thompson are now setting their sights on careers in the NFL.