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Jalen Kimber figures to be a big piece of Georgia's secondary (Tony Walsh/UGAAA)

Georgia secondary still a work in progress, even after transfer additions

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What to make of Georgia’s re-made secondary

There was some thought that when Georgia added Clemson transfer Derion Kendrick tge concerns in Georgia’s secondary were gone.

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The Bulldogs had already brought in Tykee Smith — an All-American last season at West Virginia — and bring back Lewis Cine and Chris Smith. The addition of Kendrick infused significant experience into Georgia’s cornerback position.

If you think one of Jalen Kimber, Kelee Ringo and Ameer Speed can develop at the other cornerback position, you would feel pretty good about what Georgia’s secondary will look like in the first game against Clemson game.

The recent drama surrounding Brandon Turnage though seems to show that head coach Kirby Smart isn’t at that same junction. Georgia’s secondary is still very unsettled, even if Turnage ends up remaining at Georgia.

The Turnage situation first came into focus on Sunday when there were multiple reports that Turnage had re-entered the transfer portal. Turnage announced back in May that he would be coming to Georgia after spending two seasons at Alabama.

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Turnage’s arrival though pre-dated the news that Kendrick was coming to Georgia. Turnage didn’t play at Alabama in the last two seasons and you could understand why he might not be thrilled with Georgia bringing in a clearly more experienced option at the cornerback position.

For all the promise those guys have though, they have zero career starts and no significant playing experience.

“We’ve got to challenge those guys,” Smart said after the spring game. “We’ll get to do that all summer in seven-on-seven. We’ve got to grow and get better and we’ve got good players, we’ve got to coach them up and get them ready to play at a high level.”

The month of August will be huge for the secondary as it begins to develop chemistry and understands what Smart, new defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning want.

Even if Georgia is to play the most talented version of its secondary, the group will still need reps to gel. Especially as Georgia looks to improve how it plays zone defense.

Just look back at the Florida game last season if you think talent can completely cure the issues in your defensive backfield.

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