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Georgia secondary in even more flux after Tyrique Stevenson news
Georgia got mostly great news on Monday. Jamaree Salyer, Adam Anderson and Jake Camarda all announced they would be returning for the 2021 season. The Bulldogs also became the only team to hold a lead over national champion Alabama after halftime.
But the biggest news of the day broke bad for the Bulldogs, as defensive back Tyrique Stevenson entered the transfer portal. While he has not officially left Georgia yet, the writing seems to be on the wall that he is head back home to play for the Miami Hurricanes.
Stevenson did post a thank you note on his Instagram page after the news broke.
For a Georgia secondary that is already losing Richard LeCounte, Mark Webb, Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell and DJ Daniel, the Stevenson loss is another blow.
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Georgia had used Stevenson in a variety of roles during the 2020 season. He backed-up Webb at Georgia’s star position. They also used him at the money spot, which is a hybrid of a safety and cornerback.
Stevenson’s most prominent performance came in the Peach Bowl win over Cincinnati when he filled in for Stokes at corner.
Brini got his first career start in the Peach Bowl at the star position. Smart was complimentary of him following the Peach Bowl win.
“They rose up today,” Smart said of the secondary. “They played better as the game went on, I thought. Brini got more and more comfortable as the game went on.”
The middle of Georgia’s secondary has experience. It’s the cornerback positions that now become perhaps the biggest concern on the Georgia team.
Stevenson was going to be the only Georgia player with a start at the cornerback position on the 2021 team. Now, you’re looking at a number of inexperienced, yet promising options.
The first name to watch is that of Kelee Ringo. He was the 5-star signee in the 2020 class and the No. 1 cornerback in the 2020 signing class. The reason he didn’t see the field this season is due to preseason labrum surgery.
He did get the chance to dress for the first time all season in the Peach Bowl.