Following a season in which Georgia lost the national title as a result of a breakdown in the secondary, head coach Kirby Smart has some concerns about the team’s defensive backs heading into the 2018 season.
And on the heels of the team’s first spring scrimmage last weekend, Smart expressed those concerns to the media.
Georgia loses key defensive backs Dominick Sanders, Aaron Davis and Malkom Parrish for next season, but return plenty of talent in J.R Reed, Richard LeCounte, Deandre Baker, Tyrique McGhee and possibly DeAngelo Gibbs. However, with all the departures to the secondary, the returning defensive backs are taking a bit longer to live up to the expectations of Coach Smart, a former UGA defensive back himself.
“We’ve got a long way to go in the secondary. We had a unique unit of DBs that played a long time. With them gone, we’re trying to get some guys in here to fill that void,” Smart said. “We’re not where we need to be, we don’t have the depth we need and we’re not playing at the level we need to play at. They’re going against some good quarterbacks and receivers at practice everyday.”
Smart centered his concerns around the lack of depth in the secondary. (For reference, see our projected UGA defensive depth chart for 2018)
“With the defensive front and the secondary, we don’t have the depth we need,” Smart said. “We’ve got good frontline players, but if a guy goes down, what’s the answer? That’s coaching. We’re looking at personnel and packages.”