The Georgia secondary, led by such players as safety Christopher Smith (29), used the transfer portal to acquire players this offseason (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Alabama transfer Brandon Turnage’s immediate future at Georgia in question

“He was just going through some things,” Michael Fair, who coached Turnage at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Miss., told the Banner-Herald on Sunday night. “He just said he didn’t feel comfortable for some reason.”

Georgia acquired the former Tide defensive back earlier this spring to help ease the strain on the Bulldogs’ depth in the secondary after four defensive backs were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and another was signed as a free agent.

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UGAsports.com was the first to report the news on Turnage, who was brought in to add depth to a cornerback rotation that starts with Jalen Kimber and features Clemson transfer Derion Kendrick and UGA veteran Ameer Speed.

The Bulldogs have played a three-cornerback rotation of late.

Second-year freshman Kelee Ringo is also expected to factor into the cornerback rotation more heavily as he gains experience after being kept off the field last fall on account of a torn labrum.

Incoming freshman Nyland Green, who missed the G-Day Game on account of Covid-19 protocol, would likely be the immediate benefactor if Turnage has indeed left the program.

Kirby Smart indicated during the spring he wanted to beef up the cornerback position.

“At corner, we’ve got to find guys that are comfortable, make plays down the field, and make plays with their backs to the ball,” Smart said.

Kendrick, an All-ACC pick at Clemson, was not in the fold when Turnage opted for Georgia out of the transfer portal.

Second-year freshman Daran Branch, who was not on the G-Day roster in April, also officially parted ways recently. Branch tried to quit the team one year earlier amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but the UGA staff had convinced him to return.

The Bulldogs began voluntary individual workouts last Thursday.

Georgia opens the season against a Clemson team that’s expected to be efficient throwing the football on Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bulldogs’ schedule softens after that with home games against UAB and South Carolina before a trip to Vanderbilt.

The Georgia secondary should have time to improve before Arkansas plays in Athens on Oct. 2 and the Bulldogs travel to face quarterback Bo Nix and Auburn on Oct. 9.