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Georgia football coach Kirby Smart will be relying on redshirt sophomore Eric Stokes for more blanket coverage this season.

WATCH Georgia football CB Eric Stokes: ‘Nobody’s job is safe’

ATHENS — Georgia redshirt sophomore Eric Stokes knows better than anyone that Deandre Baker left a void in the Bulldogs’ secondary.

But Stokes, who started three games and finished last season regarded as UGA’s top cornerback, said there’s plenty of competition pushing to ensure there’s no drop-off

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“Deandre Baker is a hard person to replace, he knew his things, he had the technique, he didn’t give up a touchdown for two years, so that’s really hard to replace,” Stokes said. “I know me, Tyson (Campbell), DJ (Daniel), Tyrique (Stevenson), (Ameer) Speed, all of us, we’re trying to do anything help us as a unit.”

Stokes said newcomers Stevenson (incoming freshman) and Daniel (junior college transfer) have impressed.

“They are two competitors and they love going at it,” Stokes said following Georgia’s Practice No. 6. “They get beat, they come back mad. I love having them out there with us, because I need somebody that I know for a fact has that competitive nature.

“Whenever or if they get beat, that next play, they’re going to give it all they’ve got.”

Stokes said he and Campbell, who started 11 games, know they have to give it all they’ve got, too.

“This spring, nobody’s job is safe, so everybody out there is giving it all they got, and they want a spot to play on Saturday  nights,” Stokes said. “So spring ball has really been amped up because everybody is fighting for that one position.”

Georgia football CB Eric Stokes

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