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041622 Athens: Georgia wide receiver Dominick Blaylock (8) makes a catch against Georgia defensive back Jehlen Cannady (26) during the G - Day game at Sanford Stadium Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Athens, Ga. (Jason Getz /

Jehlen Cannady, one of the surprises of G-Day, enters transfer portal

Cannady played in two games last season for the Bulldogs. He was not on scholarship and is from Macon, Ga.

That Cannady played such an important role for the Georgia defense on Saturday speaks to where the Bulldogs are at in the secondary as it stands right now. Tykee Smith and Kamari Lassiter missed the scrimmage with injuries, while Javon Bullard left the game with a shoulder injury.

Georgia was playing three true freshmen in the second-team secondary around Cannady, as Daylen Everette, Jacorey Thomas and Malaki Starks all made their debuts on Saturday. Georgia will bring in Jaheim Singletary and Julian Humphrey this offseason as summer enrollees from the 2022 signing class.

“We’ve got to get better in the secondary to go where we’re going to go, and we’ve got some guys coming, but we’ve got to get the guys that are here to go to here, and that’s our job as coaches,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.

Cannady is the second player to transfer after spring practice, with defensive lineman Tymon Mitchell entering the transfer portal on Tuesday. Georgia saw defensive backs Latavious Brini, Ameer Speed and Jalen Kimber transfer earlier in the offseason.

“The guys that want to be here, we’re going to coach them,” Smart said on the transfer portal. “The guys that don’t, then we’re not going to chase after them. We can’t. That’s their determination. We’re trying to create a culture of I want to be here and grow and get better.”

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