The last line of defense

Georgia’s secondary, for all the talk of being in the process of figuring things out after the loss of some senior talent, has acquitted itself well after two weeks.

LeCounte has really stepped up his game and Reed is so consistent.

Then there’s this number 18 kid at one corner position.  He’s not bad.

At the other corner spot, Tyson Campbell is an immensely talented true freshman, which means the ride will be bumpy early on, but his upside (hopefully) should pay dividends by later in the season.

Before the start of the season, the secondary might have been an area of concern, but that doesn’t seem to be as much of a worry now.

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18 responses to “The last line of defense

  1. Poole seems to be doing pretty well at the nickel star. I was worried about the secondary, but Tucker seems to have it under control.

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  2. Biggen

    Throw in McGhee and Webb (when healthy) and our secondary is looking excellent. Really excited to see this group get INTs and knock balls down.

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  3. Greg

    Potential don’t mean jack shit….but potentially, this could be the best secondary we’ve had. Just got to prove it. They get better as the season goes imo. Not many options after that for an offense if true….sounds crazy, but still not comfortable with our front 7…

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  4. CB

    Agreed. Clarke and Walker are the only disruptive forces up front thus far. Led and Marshall can at least get a push, and Hayes isn’t bad. One thing we do have is depth, and everyone at least seems to be able to at least hold their own and keep blockers from getting to the second level. Rochester is in that category which is a little disappointing, I was hoping he would become a dominant with the departure of Atkins and Thompson. Grant didn’t look great on Saturday either, Cox got a lot of snaps in his spot. Between Barnett, Carter, Wyatt, Young, and Hawkins-Muckle we have big bodies.

    As far is ILB’s go, it seems that Natrez and Rice are the clear #1’s. Taylor is a solid backup.

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    • Greg

      Could be a combination of things, but my concerns are the lack of pressures on the QB and run defense (believe it or not). As far as pressure, it could be the defense we are in and what has been called. Hard to get pressure when you are rushing 3 and dropping the other 4 in pass coverage. May have more to do with the opponent and game planning.

      As far as rush defense goes, we just have gone against a good rushing team yet. Time will tell, I will feel better when I see it. Really, I have no good reason to be concerned other than seeing it against good competition…a strong team. Honestly, pass defense….rush defense, as long as you are making most one dimensional or less. Not giving up yards and points is what matters. We will know more against maybe a MIssouri team…LSU and Auburn. We are still young, will get better..

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      • CB

        Part of the lack of sacks is we just haven’t had a bona fide NFL pass rusher since Floyd left. Walker is probably the closest we’ve had, but we didn’t get sacks last year either, and we damn near won it all so we’ll see how it goes. My biggest concern right now is that Bama has what looks to be Saban’s first legitimate heisman candidate at qb. That could be a problem.

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        • Greg

          My point is, we really don’t know what we have just yet. It is kinda hard to get sacks when you are playing coverage (backers). It looks like we have not been too aggressive thru the first two games….& probably no point in it.

          You may very well be right about Bama…hope we have the chance to play them. We could match up better this year, especially our DB’s.

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  5. DawgFlan

    During the SC game did anyone else notice Kirby coming over to the DBs and Tucker pulling him away and in a very animated way saying something to the effect of “let me handle this”? Loved it.

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  6. watcher16

    Interesting to see the 2 Arkansas players given they just lost to Colorado State…

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  7. 904Dawg

    If the CB who wears number 18 for the Dawgs is putting up those types of numbers, then I’m curious to see what the kids from UT and Ole Miss have.

    I’m happy to see that LeCounte seems to be getting “it” and playing well. He has all the talent in the world so if he could learn the playbook and play fast without overthinking then he could be a first round type of player. Having a safety that has the type of speed and athleticism LeCounte possesses can make up for a lot of weaknesses in the run and passing game. He could very well be the next Roquan for the Dawgs.

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  8. Dave

    It’s especially impressive since, to this point, we have not been pressuring the QB as much (some of this is sort of by design).

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  9. @Senator, I really liked the short hand, ‘R’, last year….Bake is getting close to narrowing down his name to fewer letters as well.

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  10. Gurkha Dawg

    I love Baker’s game except the dick move he pulled in dropping the ball. I guess he was trying to look cool? He should be on the bench this game. It was the beginning of the game and we had no idea it would be a blowout. (Well, I did, but that’s beside the point).

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    • Greg

      Pretty sure he did not do it purposely, a mistake for sure. Saying it was a “dick move” and wanting to move him to the bench is a little strong.

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  11. Macallanlover

    Secondary is encouraging, but we won’t really know until Mizzou. I like the center field instincts LeCounte is showing, he is going to make a few QBs pay for floated one anywhere in his range. Baker needs no accolades, he and Reed are proven, reliable players. Campbell looks like he will make it, I don’t fault him as much as others for the falling for the trick play. Yeah, he has other responsibilities but all he had heard all week was stop Samuels, not surprising he bit on that run/pass situation. But I like his position on that long TD, his coverage was excellent, Bentley isn’t good enough to throw that perfect a pass very often. The words from all attending practice this summer were positive on him, he will make a few mistakes, and be exposed more as QBs avoid Baker, so we will see his mistakes more often. Getting the injured DBs back will allow Tucker some flexibility to move Campbell at the pace needed. I am much more concerned about a pass rush providing those guys some cover.

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  12. Pedro

    I appreciate that fact that Campbell was at least all over Edwards on the long td in the fourth quarter. Not historically the case for qeorgia cbs, and shows promise for the kid.

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  13. Gaskilldawg

    As Watcher16 noted above, it is strange to see 4 of the 11 sports go to guys whose teams gave up 37 to Colorado State and 41 to Eastern Illinois. The Arkie guys and 4 and 5 tackles respectively and did not lead their team in tackles.

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