That’s an accurate description of what Georgia’s facing at the cornerback/nickel positions as spring practice gets underway.
What’s new: There are new players, new contenders for starting jobs, and a new position coach. The Bulldogs lost their top four cornerbacks at the end of the 2020 season. Tyson Campbell, DJ Daniel, and Eric Stokes all entered the 2021 NFL Draft and Tyrique Stevenson transferred to Miami. That leaves UGA with zero starts at cornerback and just two returning at the STAR/nickel position with Mark Webb also entering the draft. Only three cornerbacks, Ameer Speed, Jalen Kimber, and Daran Branch, have any on-field experience.
The Bulldogs brought in Nyland Green and Javon Bullard in the 2021 class. They enrolled early and will participate in spring drills. Kelee Ringo is coming off of shoulder surgery last summer and might also be full go when drills begin on Tuesday. They’ll be led by former West Virginia defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae. Kirby Smart hired Addae in January after he helped the Mountaineers field the nation’s top pass defense in 2020 in terms of yards per game. WVU ranked No. 10 nationally in yards per pass attempt and Addae was working with an inexperienced group of cornerbacks then, too.
Plenty of talent, for sure, but that’s about all we know. One thing seems certain, though. We’re gonna find out real quick how good a position coach Addae is.