Countdown to Fall Camp: Cornerback

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

Strong Cornerback:

2004 Starter: DeMario Minter

Minter, a big, powerful player, will assume the starting spot for his final season in Athens. Minter can move to be such a decent-sized corner, but he's yet to have an interception in his career. Minter seems to always get the opposition's biggest receiver – including Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson. Minter's play against Johnson was good enough last season to keep Johnson out of the end zone – that sort of play must continue his senior season for the Dawgs to win – and for Minter to be drafted in the NFL. Behind Minter a long jam develops in the depth chart. Thomas Flowers and Mike Gilliam are tied at the back-up spot. Flowers focuses on punt returns and will play there in 2005. Gilliam, a senior, needs to beat out Flowers this August in order to get any significant playing time at corner during his career in Athens. Redshirt freshman Ramarcus Brown fills out the end of the depth chart.

Weak Cornerback:

2004 Starter: Tim Jennings

People can say what they like about Jennings' size, but he's done well in time in Athens. He's got 111 tackles, six interceptions and three quarterback pressures since 2002. Jennings is fast and resilient – he will play professional football. However, behind Jennings are several players that have yet to prove themselves. Paul Oliver, Georgia's biggest corner, came to Athens with impeccable high school credentials, but has struggled, and even been picked on by the likes of Tennessee, when playing nickel back. Oliver has dealt with injuries he hopes are now behind him. There are younger players like Bryan Evans and Donovan Baldwin, however, that are on campus and might be pushing for playing time at both cornerback spots. Its not unheard of for a young corner to come in a play – after all Jennings played lots of minutes in 2002. Mikey Henderson is still fighting to gain weight and get more playing time – he is a redshirt sophomore.


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