Parrish on the Grind

ATHENS - Malkom Parrish is running with the starters at cornerback, but isn’t getting too comfortable.

“That’s just the rotation for now,” he said Tuesday. “In my eyes, I really don’t have a starting spot so I’m going to keep working, keep grinding every day to try to get that spot.”

There’s an opening in the secondary after three-year starter Damian Swann finished his college career.

Parrish went mano a mano with receiver Malcolm Mitchell in the scrimmage Saturday to come away with an interception, which impressed coach Mark Richt.

“He had a big-time pick,” Richt said. “They both came down with it. The referees were trying to decide was it tie goes to offensive player? When they finally came out of it, Malkom had ripped it away so it was really a great play. He had another pass breakup as well.”

The 5-10, 194-pound Parrish last season had 17 tackles, including one for loss and a forced fumble last season after arriving from Brooks County High. He said he’s just now feeling comfortable in the secondary.

“I know a good bit of the plays,” he said, “so I’m flying around right now.”

“He’s physical, he’s smart,” senior Devin Bowman said. “He knows what’s going on. He’s going to bring something to the table this year.”

Bowman is back playing cornerback after working in practices earlier this spring as a safety. Dominick Sanders, Quincy Mauger and Reggie Wilkerson have gotten work at the Star nickel back position.

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