Georgia football practice report: Cornerback DJ Daniel gets first-team reps

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Georgia junior college transfer DJ Daniel (right) took some first-team reps on Monday, as he and Tyrique Stevenson (left) are pushing for playing time.

ATHENS — The Georgia secondary might be the strongest position group on defense, but Kirby Smart has made it clear repeatedly that it’s not settled.

Junior college transfer cornerback DJ Daniel was taking first-team reps on Monday, working opposite Eric Stokes and ahead of sophomore Tyson Campbell.

“There are four guys out there at corner who are competing” Smart said last Wednesday. “ …. you’re only judged based on your last play.”

Freshman Tyrique Stevenson is also pushing Stokes for repetitions.

Daniel is a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder who signed with the Bulldogs out of Georgia Military College. He was ranked he No. 6 junior college player in the class, per the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 2 cornerback.

Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina also made scholarship offers to Daniel, who made three tackles in the G-Day Game and led the Red Team with two pass break-ups.

Smart indicated the competition for starting jobs and playing time will run throughout the week, as UGA has not yet released a depth chart.

“We’ve got four good practices still left,” Smart said at his Monday press conference, “that we’re evaluating guys and making final decisions on who’s going to be where.”

The Bulldogs have a great deal of competition going on for which players make the 70-man SEC travel squad.

“There are going to be some guys sitting at home that are really good football players for us,” Smart said. “We will take the guys who give us an opportunity to win and who can affect the game.  This week might not be the same as the next week. It’s not set in stone.”

Injury update: Offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer (lower body) was not seen at practice.

Inside linebacker Nakobe Dean (ankle), who Smart said was not 100 percent, was running through drills.

Tight end Ryland Goede continues to practice with his right hand heavily bandaged.

Defensive lineman Julian Rochester (knee) was also going through drills, but Smart indicated at his press conference no decision has been made if Rochester will travel.

Position battles: Redshirt sophomore Matt Landers continued to work first team at receiver opposite of Tyler Simmons. Demetris Robertson was the first receiver lined up among the slots.

Connor Riley contributed to this report

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