The secondary is a work in progress.

I thought this was the most telling thing Smart had to say in the presser after the G-Day game:

“I know we have a lot of wideouts. It’s going to be a really good competition come fall when we’re at 100 percent health at the wide receiver position. Because some of these guys who got all these opportunities in spring have really stepped up. And then at defensive back it doesn’t change, it’s day to day, we’ve got two safeties we feel like can play pretty good and are experienced. But at corner we’ve got to find guys that are pretty comfortable, can make plays down the field, and can make plays with their back to the wall.”

Between Mitchell showing out as a potential contributor and the likely returns of Burton and others to active duty by August, there will be plenty of options to choose from in putting the receiving corps together.  But I didn’t see the emergence of a starting cornerback Saturday and apparently Kirby didn’t either.  They’re a long way from pushing the panic button, but you sure have to hope somebody takes a step forward over the summer.

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  1. gotthepicture

    I scanned 247’s Transfer Portal and there wasn’t much there that looked enticing. There was a kid from Clemson, but I couldn’t remember if he was the one with some red flags.

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  2. mwodieseldawg

    Can Green be the next Tony Flack? I’m hoping Kirby is baiting teams into throwing the ball. Hopefully he has a plan to cover for the perceived weakness in the secondary. I don’t believe he is open enough to talk about a weakness and be serious about it.

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  3. Bulldawg Bill

    “Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing on the inside. …drive a man insane…”

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  4. Granthams Replacement

    After watching Kimber I think he will start. After that there’s a lot of work to do. Maybe Green is the other starter.

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  5. akascuba

    With the way the rules have allowed the passing game to explode the days of covering WR`s are almost gone. Getting pressure or disrupting the players seems to be the only way to slow down a good passing attack.

    Or hire Coley as OC both have proven to be effective.

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    • mg4life0331

      I’m with you on that. Just have some fast guys back there that can catch in case the qb makes a bad throw.

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  6. biggusrickus

    I thought Kimber looked fine in coverage for the most part. Ringo showed extremely good athleticism, and Speed was a little better than I anticipated. It would be best if Ringo plays well enough to beat Speed out, though.

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  7. Dawg in Austin

    I think that was Kirby’s signal he’ll be looking at the portal for a CB. Guess we’ll see if Kendrick is worth the risk or if someone else shows up with talent and experience. If not, ride with what you’ve got and get them ready by September. But I still think we’re in trouble at Clemson without at least one top-notch corner, unless we can generate turnovers with pressure.

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