What we learned from Spring: Strong Cornerback

Georgia spring practice concluded with its annual G-Day game. Here is a look at the Strong Cornerbacks:

Strong Cornerback was the one position in Georgia's defense that was a question mark. A lot was made of Demario Minter's sub par 2003 and how it was his time to put up or shut up. He put up and took the starting job at that corner spot. He will enter the fall as the number one strong corner.

He had to hold off Thomas Flowers, a true freshman that will be a redshirt freshman in the fall, but Flowers moved to safety to help with the depth chart there, and Paul Oliver, who is in the same situation as Flowers. Flowers will get a chance to shine this fall in punt return situations and could be used quite a bit in other special teams situations.

It was Flowers that had a great 2003, separating himself during practice from the other freshman that redshirted. But Oliver, who was the most heralded secondary prospect coming out of high school, has come on to start to fulfill his potential. Both Flowers and Oliver will get plenty of time on the field during 2004. And this season Oliver will not have to deal with recovering from an injury. Not only will they substitute with Minter quite often; they will also be used in nickel and dime situations as well.

Key to this position:

Minter will realize early that he will be the picked on member of the Georgia secondary. He'll get plenty of help from his talented starting secondary teammates but it will be up to him to make the plays in the fall. Because he could need help in some situations Georgia will not be able to take as many risks as they did last season on defense because neither Minter nor starting weak corner Tim Jennings are true "lock down corners" yet. If that happens Georgia's defense will be able to do a lot of dangerous things to the opposing offenses.

Depth chart shuffle:

Minter was supposed to win the starting job and leave as the number one this spring and he did. Flowers moved to saftey, so Oliver will back him up in the fall.

2004 Prediction:

Minter will get picked on more often than not. But that is a risk for opposing quarterbacks; they had better hope that they can get the ball to that receiver before David Pollack and Will Thompson eat their lunch.


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