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.