Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today we look at what Sony Michel was doing on July 4, 2016, vs. what he was doing on July 4, 2017, and rank the best corners Georgia will face in 2017.
Plenty of cornerback talent spread throughout the SEC East
Next up in our series of position-by-position breakdowns of the best individual opponents Georgia will face in 2017 are the cornerbacks. Here are five guys who seriously could hamper the production of a UGA receiving corps full of question marks and give quarterback Jacob Eason fits if he isn’t on top of his game.
5. Jamarcus King, South Carolina — The Gamecocks used JUCO transfers to fill a lot of holes on the defense in 2016, but King was one former JUCO player who went above and beyond. His 9 passes broken up was tops on the team, and his 3 interceptions tied for the same. Two of those picks came in the upset win over Tennessee. At 6-foot-1, he has the height to battle with most receivers.
4. Chris Lammons, South Carolina — Quarterbacks will have no easy outs through the air against South Carolina because opposite of King is Lammons. He also had 3 interceptions last year for the Gamecocks and forced two fumbles. Lammons also gets duty as a return man. If he can pick off a pass in space, he can make an offense pay with a big return.
3. Derrick Baity, Kentucky — Baity struggled as a freshman starting at corner but came on strong in his sophomore campaign. He went from zero interceptions his first year to 3 in his second. He also broke up 7 passes as a sophomore, including a pair of crucial pass break-ups in a narrow win over South Carolina. Measuring in at 6-3, there isn’t a receiver he can’t take on size-wise. Along with Chris Westry, he makes up half of one of the best CB duos in the SEC.
2. Duke Dawson, Florida — Dawson was relegated to nickel last year, sitting behind Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson. With those two now in the NFL, Dawson will take up the mantle as the No. 1 CB for the Gators. He only had 1 INT last season, a 37-yard pick-6 vs. Arkansas. He’ll be an every-down player in 2017 and should see a significant bump in production to go along with it.
1. Carlton Davis, Auburn — As a junior, Davis will be one of the more experienced DBs in the SEC, with 19 starts already. Last season, he hit double digits in pass breakups with 10. At 6-1, he can match up with pretty much any receiver in the conference and run stride-for-stride with him. Expect Davis to line up against whomever emerges as Georgia’s top receiver by the time the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry rolls around.
What a difference a year makes
On July 4, 2016, Sony Michel broke his forearm in an ATV accident, causing the running back to miss the season opener against North Carolina. On July 4, 2017, the budding musician released a new song, UGA Anthem (Remix), featuring Rich Homie Quan. That’s a definite upgrade in my book.
— Sony Michel (@Flyguy2stackz) July 4, 2017
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— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) July 4, 2017
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- Priority Georgia RB target James Cook de-commits from Florida State (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- Elite 11 coach Trent Dilfer offers substantial praise for 5-star Justin Fields (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- The 5 things I learned on the last day of The Opening Finals (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- UGA Insider: News and Notes from The Opening (Jake Reuse, 11 Alive)
- UGA heavily trending for elite RB per Crystal Ball (Jake Rowe, Dawgs247)
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