Defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs have their work cut out for them this offseason as they prepare to defend their title next season.
One obstacle is the depth at the cornerback position, which lost first and third starters last season. Starter Derion Kendrick left for the NFL and Ameer Speed transferred to Michigan State.
Redshirt sophomore Kelee Ringo will be the starting day after a productive 2021 season that was capped off with the title interception.
UGA head coach Kirby Smart is very aware of the situation in the area and spoke about it during a press conference earlier this week.
“They (Kamari Lassiter, Nyland Green and Daylen Everette) take every rep with ones and twos. These guys are over there. Receiver and defensive back, we’ve never been thinner in seven years. Never been so thin. You can point fingers and blame anywhere, but that’s the life of a college football coach now.
The immediate transfer rule has created a swinging door situation for programs across the country. The Bulldogs have taken advantage of the transfer portal in the past, but have also had their own departures.
“You don’t have depth. You don’t have it anywhere. It’s easy to leave and go places,” Smart said. “These guys are a bit more maintenance in terms of self-reflection. They expect to play right away and leave. It is certainly a position that concerns us in terms of recruitment and development as a position of competence.
Smart mentions sophomores Kamari Lassiter and Nyland Green, as well as 2022 signee Daylen Everette as the guys with the greatest opportunities for meaningful shots.
There’s still time for the Dawgs to tap into the portal for help at the post and Smart and the staff have done that in the past. Kendrick, a transfer from Clemson, joined the Bulldogs in early June 2021 and then had a season of lockdown.
Let’s not forget UGA’s 2022 recruiting class, which included some of the best secondary talent in the country. Three five-star defensive backs have signed with the Bulldogs and they could each play a huge role in 2022 if the transfer gate doesn’t go through this offseason.