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Bennett Durando
The Tuscaloosa News

As holistically dominant as Georgia football is, especially on defense, the closest thing the Bulldogs have to a Heisman Trophy candidate is a behemoth who transcends his stats.

Nose tackle Jordan Davis is the humongous centerpiece of Georgia's historically good defense, and he will be the challenge at center stage for Alabama football (11-1, 7-1 SEC) at 3 p.m. CT Saturday (CBS) in the SEC championship game.

"He's a great player," Alabama edge Will Anderson Jr. said. "He's big. I mean, he's like the unit of their defense, honestly. He's pretty hard to move around. Just watching him, I feel like he's a really great athlete for that size, and he's a really good player."

Davis only has 24 tackles and two sacks (still strong numbers for an interior lineman), but he affects opponents' game-planning unlike anyone at his position. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound senior leads a Georgia (12-0, 8-0) defensive front that allows 2.49 yards per carry and has only surrendered two rushing touchdowns this season.

In a Heisman year with no clear frontrunner, Davis has garnered some traction and might have an outside chance to be voted as a finalist.

Alabama has Heisman candidates of its own in Anderson and quarterback Bryce Young. The latter will experience Davis and the Georgia defensive front first-hand Saturday. Alabama's offensive line struggled last week against Auburn, allowing Young to be sacked seven times.

"He's just a really, really good player, Young said. "He's definitely made a big impact on a lot of games, and it shows on film. He's a really good player, and overall, it's a really, really good team."

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Young chose to reiterate his focus on the SEC title game when asked to make a case for himself as a Heisman candidate. But Anderson — Alabama's star defender who leads the country in sacks and tackles for loss — said he's glad athletes such as him and Davis are attracting more recognition this year.

"I think it's cool," Anderson said. "Especially nowadays, a lot of defensive guys don't get as much attention. But I think that's just the mutual respect, and I think it's cool."