Countdown to Fall Camp: Safety

Georgia's 2005 season opens soon – the Bulldogs start their camp on August 5 – so here is a look at Georgia's situation at safety.

2004 Starter: Thomas Davis

Replacing Davis, a first round draft pick, will not be easy, but former rover Greg Blue will take over the starting spot. Blue has gotten bigger, but reportedly has not dropped any speed. Georgia coaches are high on what he has the potential to do this season. Kelin Johnson might be one of the best back-ups on Georgia's roster. It's difficult to imagine that Johnson won't be starting at some point this season, but if he does it will have to be at rover. Johnson possesses the same athletic potential Thomas Davis had in 2003, but he's a lot smaller. Depth at safety is good. Andrew Williams is a very solid third-string player. He's not on scholarship, but if he sticks around much longer he will be. Williams will make most of his noise on special teams – but he's capable of playing in the secondary.

Rover:

2004 Starter: Greg Blue

Tra Battle, a solid player, is more than capable of being a productive player at rover. He's got good coverage skills, but he's small and his durability is a major concern. Behind him, is another sub-180-pound player – Antonio Sims. Sims has the coverage ability you need in the SEC, and could push Battle for playing time, and certainly could fill in if Battle is hurt. C.J. Byrd is bigger than the other two safeties here, but he's young and has never played. Special teams seems a likely destination for Bird's play-making abilities.


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