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Tyrique Stevenson figures to benefit following Divaad Wilson's departure

Tyrique Stevenson now figures to become even bigger piece in Georgia football defense

Related: What Divaad Wilson’s departure means for Georgia football

Now Georgia has to replace Wilson, who spent much of his time working out of the Money positions for Georgia. He served as a hybrid defensive back, someone who is able to play either cornerback and safety for the Georgia defense. This past season, he shared the role with Mark Webb, who also worked at Star. In the latter part of the season though, sophomore Tyrqiue Stevenson really entered the mix with Wilson.

Webb and Stevenson will both return for the 2020 season and figure to battle for both the Star and Money positions. Webb is the superior run defender, which is why he was more often working on early and rushing downs.

Wilson though excelledd more in coverage as the Money defender. And that’s where the promising Stevenson figures to step in this season.

Stevenson is one of the many talented sophomores on the defensive side of the ball that Georgia coach Kirby Smart spoke about on a recent ESPN podcast.

“The biggest leap you make is from year one to year two, and I’m expecting those guys, the Nakobe Deans, the Travon Walkers, the Tyrique Stevensons, Lewis Cines, there’s some talented young freshman on that defense that I think are going to step up and be good players,” Smart told David Pollack and Kevin Neghandi.

So even prior to Wilson’s decision, the expectations for Stevenson were high. Part of this goes back to his recruiting profile, as Stevenson was a near 5-star member of the 2019 signing class as he entered the program ranked as the No. 37 recruit in the cycle. He was also the highest-rated defensive back Georgia signed in the class.

Smart has had no qualms about putting freshmen into the secondary, and Stevenson was no different. While it took him time during his freshman season to make an impact, he found more playing time as the season progressed.

His most tangible impact came in the Auburn win, as he sacked Auburn quarterback Bo Nix on third down. He also had five pass break-ups on the season.

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