Will Kirby go a-portalling?

Based on this, it’s hard to believe he won’t scour the transfer portal for at least one DB.

That’s especially true at cornerback where, with the exception of seldom-used senior Ameer Speed, the Bulldogs won’t have a scholarship cornerback who’s been in the program for more than two years.

There’s talent on the roster. Redshirt freshman Kelee Ringo is a former five-star, yet he’s coming off shoulder surgery. Second-year performer Jalen Kimber is skilled but has played in only three games.

With the exception of the aforementioned Speed, Georgia’s other scholarship corners consist of second-year player Daran Branch, followed by true freshmen Nyland Green, Khamari Lassiter and Javon Bullard.

“They’re going to have to impact early, whether they can or they can’t,” Smart told Rivals’ Mike Farrell in an exclusive interview earlier in the day. “I can’t say whether they can or they can’t, because they haven’t really been in our system. They’re talented athletes, or they wouldn’t be coming to the University of Georgia and the SEC.”

Of course, there’s always the transfer portal.

Although he would not commit to taking the transfer route, Smart seemed to indicate the portal would be an avenue he would consider.

“Corner is our biggest need—bigger than, say, necessarily safety,” he said. “We’re going to have to figure out if these guys (current players) can play, because we’re in big-time need at corner as we start out this season.”

How long is it going to take for the staff to figure that out?  Asking for a Georgia fan…

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52 responses to “Will Kirby go a-portalling?

  1. I wonder if Divaad Wilson wishes he had stayed in Athens now. I get being close to home at a time like now, but I don’t understand what a sure fire starter like Tyrique Stevenson was thinking when he left in January.

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    • ASEF

      ’17: Kirby got Sony and Nick to stick around another year, went to the title game, and got it to overtime.

      ’17: Saban gets some defensive guys to stick it out one more year, wins it all.

      ’18: Dabo gets his defensive lline to give it one more year, wins it all.

      ’20: Saban gets Najee, Alex, and DeVonta to stick around 1 more year…

      It looms pretty large, when you tihink about it. I’m never going to bash a kid for going to get paid, but it makes a big difference when everyone can work it out for an experienced and talented guy to give that 4th year a shot..

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      • My point is about the guys who transferred out rather than going to the league.

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        • ASEF

          Yeah, I was just expanding on that.

          Honestly, you would think at some point guys at programs like Georgia would realize that waiting your turn at a Georgia will always be a better bet than retreating to a UCF. If your program blows up or radically shifts scheme, making your skill set a poor fit, I get it. But just more playing time? At a school no one watches, with maybe 1/3 the resources?

          Oh. And he didn’t play this year until the last 4 games.

          Oh. And if he had stayed, he’s probably starting corner on a 2021 team with legit title aspirations and a huge season opener spotlight. Chance to play himself to the top of some NFL draft boards.

          smh

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          • tiredofidsearch

            You say no one watches… the nfl watches. And to 90% of the kids th as ts what matters. Getting to the league and getting there as soon as possible.

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  2. W

    Relying on portal guys sounds scary

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  3. spur21

    Looking at the DB’s in the portal I don’t see a lot of immediate help. Time to coach em up and dance with the ones you have. The highly compensated coaches need to figure it out.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Kirby’s painted himself into a corner at the corner position (not sure if that qualifies as a pun). Here’s hoping the guys we have work out, or we get some portal help, or both. Plus we’ve changed DB coaches. That front 7 had better put a lot of pressure on opposing QBs.

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    • Not really understanding how Kirby painted himself into a corner. I’m not really sure what he could have done to prevent this. Stevenson leaving was out of nowhere and losing all three of Stokes, Wilson, and Campbell early isn’t typical. I’m sure he thought one or two would end up would when we signed them, but normally you wouldn’t have that occur.

      I’m guessing when signed they figured Campbell would be most likely to leave early for the NFL, but he wasn’t ready in my opinion and could have improved his draft stock by returning. I think Stokes made the right choice to go pro. Stevenson deciding to move closer to home was a killer ( I don’t blame him for doing so) and Wilson already being gone on top of that really hurts. I am guessing at this point Kirby would have thought Stevenson, Wilson, and on of either Campbell or Stokes would still be on the roster for Ringo to be battling with for playing time.

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      • Derek

        If tyrique wanted to play corner then good riddance. He wasn’t a corner. Too damn slow. Could have used him in other spots though.

        We’ll be fine. Corner in our system is pretty simple. If there is a silver lining in LeCounte and Cine missing time its that we built up some depth at safety. Inexperience at safety would cause me more concern.

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        • Didn’t he Play cornerback and the star position? He won defensive newcomer of the year. He was also one of the top quarterback prospects coming out of high school. So you are saying Kirby recruited a cornerback it was too slow to play at the college level? I wasn’t aware he was slow.

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      It does.

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  5. Munsoning

    Dawgs better be ready for the opener in Charlotte to be a shootout–unless the front 7, as W Cobb Dawg mentioned, can get to DJU early and often.

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  6. wfdawg

    My glass-is-half-full take: if you had to be deficient at one position, it might as well be the one Kirby has the most expertise in coaching up, DBs.

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  7. Anon

    If these guys are truly 5 star guys throw them in there. Let’s Go

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  8. Tim B

    Defensive backfield is going to be a total disaster next season just like qb was this year and wr was the season before. We are looking at starting guys who couldn’t even earn mop up playing time most of this past season. Folks wonder why UGA can’t get over the hump. Every year there is a gaping hole somewhere on an otherwise incredibly talented roster. By the way, didn’t we have to start a walk on safety in a season opener against Clemson a few years back because of suspensions?

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    • Ran A

      Yeah, I don’t think it’s this dire. But this is clearly the area of concern. That is a talented group back there; just a young group. It is more about growing up verses ability.

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    • RangerRuss

      Timmah! Live a lie! How’s that cold goat meat now that the cops won’t allow fires under the bridge?

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      • rugbydawg79

        Being an Army Vet ….You and Armydawg are two of my favorite posters on GTP.

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        • RangerRuss

          rugbydawg, I had a Ranger Buddy name of Harry Whitaker that played on UGA’s rugby club team in the early 80’s. He asked me to join the team as they needed help. Told him I’d think about.
          Saw him on a Monday after a match.
          “Hey, Russman! What do you say? You gonna help us?”
          The left side of his face was a scab. I’m talking everything except his eyeball was a scab.
          Umm, naw man. I’m pretty busy mumble,excuse,snivel,whine.
          “Let me know if you change your mind.” The guy was cheerful to a fault.
          That’s a rough game.

          Did you know Harry?

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          • Got Cowdog

            One of my buddies freshman year played with the club (Late 80’s). My roommate and I went drinking with the team one night. It was the only bar brawl I’ve ever been involved in.

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      • mwodieseldawg

        Cripple fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • dawg100

      Tony Flack started as a true frosh, I believe, against Defending National Champion Clemson in 1982!

      The more things change, the more they stay the same, they say!

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    • Conner Norman. He was a disaster

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  9. Greg

    “We’re going to have to figure out if these guys (current players) can play”

    The 1st game,

    I like the new guy (DB coach) coming in from WV. With Warren, the Dawgs secondary slowly regressed to #88 in the country (#31-’19). It was #8 and #12 the two years before him (different coach).

    Thinks Addea was a great hire, finished #1 in nation in pass defense.

    But WTFDIK…….I hear stats are for losers… :>)

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  10. akascuba

    Pressure on the quarterback will hide lots of flaws. Expect the new Clepsum QB to see lots of havoc coming his way. If not Kirby and company feel good about the new guys.

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    • mwodieseldawg

      You are spot on. UGA linebackers can expect lots of screen and swing passes along with wheel routes to offset the pressure on their QB.

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    • ASEF

      Ohio State couldn’t cover at all. Proved that against Alabama.

      Trevor never had time to take advantage of that.

      Clemson couldn’t cover at all. Proved that against Ohio State. Lawrence had all day.

      There’s a formula in there somewhere,

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  11. I have to think he’s going to try get any good players with experience now and then see what we currently have during spring practice. Then again, I guess some guys could enter the portal at different times. Kirby will probably be scouring the want ads from here until next season.

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  12. You can never have too many DBs. But the above commenters are right, we lost one that wasnt expected to move, and one that jumped earlier than expected. We need to do a better job in the process of telling kids they cant go to the NFL or transfer.

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  13. Bulldawg Bill

    Just as long as he’s not Waltzing Matilda!

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  14. CB

    I can’t help but think that having a handful of blue chip recruits (some with a year in the program) fighting for 2-3 open db spots isn’t the worst thing in the world. We’ve seen Kirby turn 3 stars into NFL starters, but I’m ready to see him turn the high level recruits into surefire can’t miss picks at the top of the draft. That has yet to be a prominent feature from his time in Athens.

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  15. practicaldawg

    I think the lack of experience at CB will also be addressed with scheme. I think it’s expect the coaches to err on guarding against the big play even if it means allowing some opponent drives to get to the red zone, where the compressed field will let the safeties help more. Giving up more yards will not be a problem for us as long as those drives stall in the red zone or result in FGs for the other team.

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  16. mg4life0331

    I mean the only two decent offenses we played this past year smoked our asses with them guys. This woe is us shit is old.

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  17. originaluglydawg

    You never know when just the thing you need will magically appear on the shelf.
    Word’s out that UGA could use a corner. Hmm.
    I’m not saying that a coach would stoop to throwing subtle and suggestive hints. I’m suggesting that it could look (and work) that way.
    I very much doubt that some of the really high profile portal entries we’ve seen were done un-prompted and with a blindfold on.
    That’s the way it’s going to be.
    Maybe a portal message board is needed.
    Craigslist is available.
    “5 star O lineman ISO team in SEC”
    “SEC team located in Florida ISO defensive player”
    Just examples.

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  18. Is there anyone at WR that could sides sides? Maybe Landers was a stud CB the whole time and we just never knew.

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  19. a10woody

    Last year we needed QB depth and we got Newman and Daniels. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Kirby brings someone in.

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  20. Biggen

    I’m not worried too much about DB experience because I really think we should be able to score at will next year. There are no excuses why we can’t average 40+ points a game. Are there any teams on our schedule that the same can be said about? I sure as hell don’t see any.

    Kirby will end up bringing in a couple guys too that will push the younger guys for starting position. In the end, we will be fine.

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