The Georgia Football team saw a shake up in their secondary in the team’s scrimmage on Saturday due to the loss of starting cornerback Malkom Parrish to a foot injury.
The Bulldogs secondary was my primary focus on Saturday’s scrimmage and there was some movement in the starting group from the previous scrimmage. Aaron Davis shifted over from his normal spot and he was seen with the first group at cornerback position where he was opposite of Deandre Baker. The group that followed Davis and Baker saw Tyrique McGhee and Eric Stokes taking reps at CB during the period.
Seeing Stokes taking reps with what appeared to be the second-team was a bit of a surprise, but he seemed to be holding his own at the corner spot. Stokes made a great pass breakup going against Jeremiah Holloman on a tough play where he had to spin his body around to knock down the ball.
The STAR position was manned by Tulsa transfer J.R. Reed on the first team and his coverage was on point as I do not remember a pass ever being thrown to the guy he was covering. Reed was followed by his cousin Deangelo Gibbs who seemed to be working with the second group at the STAR position. Gibbs also did a nice job in coverage and I could see there being a position battle between these two family members until the season opener.
The safety position was where a new face emerged for the Bulldogs first team and it was none other than early enrollee, freshman Richard LeCounte III. LeCounte took all of the reps with the first unit and he was not challenged too often, holding his own in the secondary. LeCounte was a highly-touted recruit for the Bulldogs in their 2017 recruiting class out of Liberty County High School; so, if he is able to crack the starting group this early in his career, then he should be a huge contributor for the team over the next several years.
Senior Dominick Sanders joined LeCounte at the opposite safety spot, which is no surprise as he has been a contributor for the Bulldogs since his freshman year. LeCounte and Sanders were followed up in reps by freshman Latavious Brini and junior Jarvis Wilson, who also did a great job in the scrimmage.
The Bulldogs secondary was overall very solid in the short media viewing period, and if this group can play well with the front seven that Georgia should field, then they have the potential to compete to have one of the top defenses in the SEC and the country.
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