Youth will be served, like it or not.

If you’re trying to get a handle on what Georgia’s issues are on defense, start with the observation that in a year of normal turnover, Shaq Wiggins’ development at cornerback would be a luxury not a necessity.

Indeed, the play represents a positive month of progress for Wiggins, who did not initially earn the starting role at cornerback but ultimately found himself with the job by the time Georgia played Tennessee. Coaches say the former four-star recruit out of Sandy Creek High School still needs to add weight and continue developing from a technique standpoint, but many have been pleased with his play thus far.

“He brings a lot of energy and athleticism to his position,” head coach Mark Richt said. “What he lacks in experience sometimes he makes up for with his effort and his instincts. He’s got a ways to go, but so far he’s done a nice job for us.”

Now you can certainly argue that Georgia’s coaches planned poorly for the moment and it still falls back on them (although keep in mind that had he not messed up, Nick Marshall would likely be starting in Georgia’s secondary instead of Wiggins).  But things still are what they are.

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16 responses to “Youth will be served, like it or not.

  1. j4k372

    Shaq’s pick six against Vandy was a thing of beauty.

  2. TennesseeDawg

    The hope is all these young guys playing on defense will parlay into something great down the road when Will Muschamp is our DC.

  3. There’s someone better coming down the pike. We will know by December 2nd.

  4. DawginSG

    I really try to give Wiggins the benefit of the doubt, but based on my watching (all on TV), he seems generally lost in coverage and timid. I really think he’s considered a weak link (among many) in the UGA secondary, and part of the reason he got that pick-6 was that the Vandy QB got overconfident because Wiggins was conceding so many yards at the line of scrimmage. Plus, Shaq runs his mouth far too much on the field.

    • sUGArdaddy

      Seriously? Shaq’s been our best cover corner and a pretty sure tackler. And I like a db that talks. Most of the good ones do.

      We’ve lives thru youth this yr, and our offensive injuries hurt our gameplan to outscore folks early on, but this d is going to be nasty the nxt couple years. That Stanford D has 15 seniors on their 2-deep. We have 1…Garrison.

      • DawginSG

        I’ll take a closer look. Would be more than glad to admit it if wrong, but I remember oh so many highlights of him getting beat deep early in the season, then short later on as he conceded too much ground so as not to get beat deep. I’m just too old to get used to trash talk, I guess. If Herschel ever did it, he disguised it well.

        • sUGArdaddy

          Maybe you’re thinking of Langley. Shaq only started playing really at UT.

          As for Herschel, he was a running back. Woerner talked enough for them both.

  5. diving duck

    How did Brandon Langley go from starting to not in the rotation at all? He was prone to screw ups but that isn’t an exception in our secondary.

  6. Moe Pritchett

    me hopes Marshall is not playing in the secondary this week anyway!

  7. Macallanlover

    Have had the same question. He certainly had his issues, but so has every other DB on our roster. Seems to be feast or famine with some coaches, why wasn’t Shaq usef against SC when Langley needed a breather? Maybe BL acted badly when he was replaced, if so, I understand. But it just seems to be no shades of gray….similar to the way Garner ran the DL.

    • adam

      Shaq was hurt for part of camp and I assume he fell behind Langley on knowing the plays. The coaches have to be comfortable with the idea of putting you out there and if you don’t know what you’re supposed to do 65% of the time, then they won’t be able to put you in.

      • Macallanlover

        I recall that but Shaq was very vocal publically about not getting on the field. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t his impatience but Langley had to be pretty well regarded to stay ahead of Wiggins but has now disappeared. I still think some of our coaches have an “all in” attitude rather than working people in and out of the lineup based on actual playing results. And it seems to be more on the defensive side where they don’t pull guys who are screwing up. When a RB fumbles on the offensive side, he usually sits a while, for instance. Don’t know, just an observation.