After Pruitt left to assume the same job at Alabama, Mel Tucker took control of Georgia’s defense. Tucker, also known for his skill in coaching defensive backs, features an impressive coaching pedigree, including spending time under Nick Saban at LSU. Despite this, many fans wondered if Tucker would be able to replicate the success of last season.
Dominick Sanders, an All-SEC defensive back from last season had this to say, “We still have a great secondary… we’re very confident.” While losing any coach, especially one of Pruitt’s reputation, is difficult, Georgia returns all four starters from last year’s secondary. A talented group last season, having another year of experience should push them to an even higher level.
Georgia lost several important pieces from last year’s front seven. The most notable losses were Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins. In order for Georgia to compete for an SEC East crown, the secondary will have to work extremely hard this offseason. According to Sanders, “We hope to have the best secondary this year. We just want to stay focused and grind everyday on the field and in the weight room.”
As with most years, expectations in Athens are high. In a relatively weak SEC East, most fans believe Georgia should be the team representing the division in Atlanta. That kind of pressure would cause most athletes to buckle, but Sanders has a different approach. “A lot of these happen for a reason. Our main thins is staying on track, applying pressure and doing what we do to get there. Things happen for a reason.”
“We still have a great secondary… We’re very confident"