Georgia practice update: A defensive back starting switch?

Quincy Mauger hasn't started yet this season, but may have earned his way back into the starting lineup.

ATHENS — Quincy Mauger’s two-interception game may have pushed him back into the starting lineup.

The senior safety, who has come off the bench the first three games of Georgia’s season, appeared to be working with the first team during the media viewing period of Tuesday’s practice.

Junior Aaron Davis, who started the first three games, was working with the second team.

Mauger was a starter for most of his sophomore and junior years, but an ankle injury forced him to sit out, and apparently gave Davis the opening to get the starting job. (Davis had started a lot at cornerback and safety.)

But Mauger’s two interceptions at Missouri helped swing the game, especially his second one, an athletic catch in the corner of the end zone on third down. If he hadn’t made the play, the Tigers could have tried a field goal to go up nine points. Instead Georgia won 28-27.

Davis has 12 tackles this year, fifth on the team, including a sack and forced fumble against Nicholls State that resulted in Lorenzo Carter’s touchdown return. Mauger has six tackles.

More updates from the media viewing period of practice:

  • Georgia freshman receiver Riley Ridley is still wearing a cast on his right hand, and yet is still catching passes. Apparently those two things are not contradictory.
  • The front five for the offensive line remains the same as the starting unit for the first three games. Assistant coach Sam Pittman is also still taking the positive route, at least for what the media can see. “You know how you get better? You practice better!” Pittman shouted, which was the harshest thing this reporter heard from Pittman.
  • At least during the media viewing period, place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was having a better day, with William Ham appearing to struggle.
  • Brice Ramsey was holding for the place-kickers. Jacob Eason has handled the holder duties.

 

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