“Everybody’s getting better every day,” said sophomore star nickel back J.J. Green, who played tailback last season. “The calls are coming easier, knowing what the formation they’re in….is coming easier than day one.”
“I think the guys are competing well,” Richt said. “I think they’re learning good techniques. Matter of fact, I thought yesterday evening was probably the best defensive practice of the camp. A lot of good pressure by the front seven and some good coverage throughout most of practice. I think the defense is making good progress right now.”
Johnson is a bit of a surprise to be vying for a starting job. He was signed out of Georgia Prep Sports Academy as a wide receiver but moved to cornerback this summer.
“Rico we think is a real tremendous wide receiver prospect and probably would develop into a really good one one day,” Richt said, “but the need at the cornerback position and his experience playing at cornerback in the past we felt like it was probably a quicker path to become relevant as far as playing snaps. We made that move because we think he can help us win.”
Green said defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt “is still having tryouts to see who’s going to play in the secondary the first game.”
Said defensive lineman Ray Drew: “I saw him today—he hired and fired the same guy about four or five times.”