ATHENS - It's early, but so far two of the new names emerging in Georgia's overhauled secondary are Malkom Parrish and Shattle Fenteng.
Parrish, a freshman from Quitman, is playing both the star position and cornerback. The man ahead of him at the star position, sophomore J.J. Green, had high praise for his backup.
“Malkom Parrish is standing out. Dude’s a baller," Green said after Sunday's practice. "Malkom Parrish, because he plays the same position I play, and I get to teach him up, so he goes out there and makes plays too. I really want him to play in the fall."
Green also had good things to say about Fenteng, the junior college transfer from Grayson. Green said Fenteng, a cornerback, is doing a good job of "learning coach (Jeremy) Pruitt's plays."
Fenteng was also mentioned by cornerback Aaron Davis, when he was asked who had stood out.
But what stands out most about Fenteng is that, well, he stands out: He's 6-foot-2 and lean.
“He’s long, man. He’s longer than most corners," Green said. "You see his size and think: He plays corner? He’s rangy, he’s lean. He can make plays that short people probably can’t make.”
Davis mostly at safety
Pruitt said back in the spring that he would keep shuffling defensive backs around well into preseason practice. He's telling his players that too, as he continues to shuffle them around.
Davis, the redshirt freshman walk-on who finished spring as a first-team cornerback, has been at safety the first three practices. Davis said he played some safety in high school, so it’s not a huge transition.
“He just said he was gonna shuffle the lineup,” Davis said. “He wanted to find the best guys out there, and get the best guys on the field."
Rome shuffles off
Tight end Jay Rome, working his way back from foot surgery, had to see a trainer early in Sunday's practice. Rome had just caught a pass in a drill and pulled up a bit while running.
It wasn't clear how much Rome was hurt. The coaches weren't available after practice. But Rome said Saturday that he was still favoring the foot at times, and that there were some drills where it bothered him and he had to stop.