ATHENS – Jeremy Pruitt promised he wasn’t afraid to play newcomers and walk-ons, and as the season gets closer, it certainly appears Georgia’s defensive coordinator is ready to do just that.
The first-team secondary during Tuesday’s practice at Sanford Stadium featured two first-year players in addition to a walk-on. There were some new names at new spots.
- Freshman Dominick Sanders was at the star position, with sophomore Quincy Mauger getting the second-team reps. Sophomore J.J. Green, long the favorite to start there, was instead at safety, working mostly with the second team – although Green did later get some work at the star.
- Shattle Fenteng, the junior college transfer, was at one cornerback spot, with senior Damian Swann at the other.
- Aaron Davis, the redshirt freshman walk-on, was at safety, along with senior Corey Moore.
“They’ve got a good talent base, their issue is experience,” head coach Mark Richt said of the young players. “But there’s some guys that are coached real hard right now because they’ve gotta get ready, and the clock’s ticking.”
The second-team secondary also featured a mix of youngsters: Freshmen Rico Johnson and Malkom Parrish at cornerback, with Mauger at the star, and Green and walk-on Lucas Redd at safety.
Fenteng batted away a pass during some 11-on-11 work in the latter part of practice. Johnson had a pick-six during team drills, the result of a deflected pass.
Junior Devin Bowman was sitting out practice for an undisclosed injury or reason.