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The latest “Cover 4” question is:
What is the thinnest position (impact players + depth) on the Georgia football team?
Brandon Adams: Secondary
New Georgia defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae will have to go through a trial by fire with a lot of his talented young DBs early in the 2021 season. (Chamberlain Smith/UGAA)
The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “This is probably the easiest answer, but that doesn’t mean this group can’t find its footing in time for the upcoming season’s most crucial moments. A former 5-star recruit such as Kelee Ringo at cornerback could make the transition to a new collection of starters a little easier.”
Mike Griffith: Secondary
It would not be a stretch at all to expect to see redshirt freshman Jalen Kimber starting at one of the two cornerback spots in the season opener against Clemson. (Tony Walsh/UGAA)
The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “Lack of experience and depth is a dangerous combination with rules aimed toward aiding the offense and schemes that pressure DBs into one-on-one coverage and open-field tackles on backs that can out-weigh them by 40 pounds. Kirby Smart must address this with grad transfer or the NCAA portal like the recent addition Tykee Smith.“
Connor Riley: Offensive line
Matt Luke has an interesting task in 2021. His best unit for the first game will likely not be his best group by the end of the season. It depends on how fast some very talented young ‘Dawgs can come on. (UGAAA)
The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: “The secondary is the bigger game 1 problem for Georgia. But I believe with time, Georgia will figure things out back there. The offensive line is a problem for games 13, 14 and 15. I will be interested to see how it all sorts out.”
Jeff Sentell: Cornerback
Ameer Speed (9) is the elder statesman for Georgia at the cornerback spot for the 2021 team. He signed in 2017 and has seen limited action in 35 games with zero career starts. (SEC Media Portal)
The Intel here: “The total number of starts for the likely top six cornerback options (Javon Bullard, Nyland Green, Jalen Kimber, Kamari Lassiter, Kelee Ringo and Ameer Speed) on this roster adds up to zero. Speed is the only Bulldog corner that was on campus prior to January of 2020. That is pretty much ’nuff said with that.”
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