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Georgia defensive back Jalen Kimber (6) during the Bulldogs’ game against UAB in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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What Jalen Kimber’s injury means for the Georgia football secondary

The 2021 season had already not gone as planned for Jalen Kimber. A preseason shoulder injury knocked him from likely starting cornerback to a reserve position within the Georgia defensive backfield.

Now that injury appears to have knocked him out for the season, as DawgNation reported that Kimber will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday.

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Kimber was able to play in two games for Georgia this season, but he was far from the version of himself coming out of spring practice. The redshirt freshman defensive back worked with the first-team defense during Georgia’s G-Day game.

For all the praise about the Georgia defense so far, much of it warranted, head coach Kirby Smart has been concerned about the depth in Georgia secondary.

“We’ve been, I’ve been, much deeper in the secondary,” Smart said this week. “But, I don’t know that I’ve had a group as athletic as this group that can move and twist and in today’s college football world that gives you a chance because of all the spread stuff.”

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The Bulldogs sustained heavy losses at the position after the 2020 season, with four members of the backfield being selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Two other defensive backs transferred to Power 5 programs in Tyrqiue Stevenson (Miami) and Major Burns (LSU).

To offset those departures, Georgia brought in Derion Kendrick from Clemson and Tykee Smith from West Virginia. The former has started every game at cornerback for the Bulldogs and snarred his first interception this past week against South Carolina.