Jamon Dumas-Johnson is crucial to Georgia’s strong defense

Dumas-Johnson has been a key communicator since taking on his starting role this season.

“Yes, he’s the go-between from the back end to the front end,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “So he and Smael (Mondon) are like messengers. They need to get the message across front and back and make sure we’re on the same page, which is critical in this age of offense. People are constantly on the move, no one sits still, things are changing. You must have great eye control.

“He’s also the signal caller, the one who picks up the signal and tells people what to do. And he holds people accountable, you know, including himself.”

Dumas-Johnson and Mondon have forged a bond that allows them to serve in the role. That bond has been strengthened this season, especially as both are starters. They live together and talk football all day while grinding together year-round to achieve a repeat national championship.

Dumas-Johnson said he enjoys playing alongside Mondon. They’ve come together to the point where they can essentially read each other’s minds on the field.

“We know what each other is comfortable with without even having to talk or say anything,” Dumas-Johnson said. “Whoever is better for (a specific) position or job on the spot, we send them over to each other. That’s how understanding we treat each other.”

Working with Mondon, Dumas-Johnson has consistently produced for the Bulldog defense and went into Georgia’s regular season finale against Georgia Tech in 2022 on Saturday as one of the team’s most prolific tacklers. He leads the team in solo tackles (37) and it is second overall in tackles (54).

Even if everything goes in his favor, Dumas-Johnson doesn’t think he played “at the level” of Georgian football.

“I played well,” said Dumas-Johnson. “But my teammates are holding me up and my coaches are holding me up, so it’s fine. It’s not bad or good, just okay. I just need to clean up some eye control.”

Perhaps some of that comes from practice, as Smart believes he can improve in his work towards games.

Still, Smart sees Dumas-Johnson’s reaction to those tough drills as a bright sign for Georgia as the season draws to a close.

“He hasn’t had some of his best games and weeks of training here lately,” Smart said. “But he still holds himself to a high standard and recognizes he can do better. And if you have a man in that position who thinks that way, that’s good hardwiring for your defense.”

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