Davis is "Legit"

ATHENS - Aaron Davis was a surprise first-team cornerback for Georgia at the end of spring practice.

His teammates aren’t surprised that the walk-on is running with the first unit this preseason even after he has shifted to safety.

“Aaron’s legit, he knows every position,” said J.J. Green, who plays the star nickel back and safety positions. “That’s why Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt can make changes with Aaron easy. He goes to corner, he knows everything at corner. He goes to safety, he knows everything at safety. He pays attention in Coach Pruitt’s meetings so Coach Pruitt has a lot of trust in Aaron just to go out there and make plays. He’s a smart guy.”

The 6-foot-1,190-pound Davis, a redshirt freshman from Locust Grove, said he’s worked only at safety through the first three practices.

“We learn by concepts,” Davis said. “Safety has a little bit more responsibility than corner in terms of making play calls. It helps me to grasp the entire picture better.”

Pruitt, in his first year as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, was asked about Davis last week before practices began.

“He’s got size, he can run, he plays the ball well,” Pruitt said. “He’s extremely smart. He pays attention to detail. He’s got toughness. He’s a good competitor.”

Davis is playing safety after Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team in June.

“It’s a little bit of a transition,” Davis said. “In my younger days, I played a little bit of safety, a little bit of corner. It’s not unfamiliar to me. It’s a transition just because corner you’re pressing a lot, safety you’re covering more field, more range.”

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