And so continues our countdown of Georgia's important players for 2014. A reminder: This is not a ranking of the team's best players. Rather it's a look at the players who are most vital to the team's success. That takes into account the team's strengths and weaknesses, the depth at certain positions, and the importance of each position.
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8. AMARLO HERRERA AND RAMIK WILSON
WHY THEY ARE VITAL: OK, we’re cheating a bit here. But Herrera and Wilson are such similar players that we feel we can get away with it. It’s similar to Michael Bennett and Chris Conley, who have some differences but are each senior receivers who will be among the 10 most productive players on this year’s team, and probably play on Sundays in 2015. Herrera and Wilson will as well. But unlike Bennett and Conley, who play at a very deep position, you look behind Wilson and Herrera and only see questions. If one of them went down, would Reggie Carter, Tim Kimbrough or Ryne Rankin be able to fill the void? It’s best for Georgia that they not have to find out. Herrera was the defensive MVP last year, as voted by the team, and Wilson was a consensus first-team all-SEC pick. They are not spectacular players, and won’t lead the team in sacks or interceptions. But they will provide leadership and man the middle of the field, especially against the run. If each gets better in pass coverage, it would also be a huge help to the defense.