Spring Preview: Cornerbacks

Georgia's 2006 spring practice opens soon – the Bulldogs start on March 4 – so here is a look at Georgia's situation at cornerback.

Strong Cornerback:

2005 Starter: DeMario Minter (26 career starts, 134 total tackles, 23 pass breakups and two interceptions)

Minter, a big, powerful player, is gone and now its Thomas Flowers' (ten total tackles, one pass breakup and one interception) turn to show that he's more than just an explosive punt returner. It will be difficult to replace the combination of Minter and Jennings, and this spot seems to be the one with the most competition this spring. Flowers has very little experience at cornerback. He'll have to hold off Ramarcus Brown (one total tackle), who has looked good in practices defending one-on-one, but will be trying to nail down the starting kickoff return spot for 2006 during spring ball.

Weak Cornerback:

2005 Starter: Tim Jennings (33 career starts, 165 total tackles, 27 pass breakups and ten interceptions)

Replacing a steady producer like Jennings will not be easy, he has played major minutes his entire career, but Paul Oliver, now the Dawgs' biggest corner, will likely be the number one player in line to replace Jennings. While Oliver is significantly bigger than Jennings he lacks starting experience. Still, Oliver is Georgia's top returning cornerback, and proved in 2005 that he can be a difference maker. Oliver (2 career starts, 37 total tackles, 2 pass breakups and four interceptions) has a knack for creating turnovers – he forced two fumbles and had an interception against Auburn. Bryan Evans and Mikey Henderson are fighting to get more playing time, but it likely won't come at Oliver's expense. One of the cornerbacks will have to become the nickelback, a position Jennings moved to when Oliver come into the game in obvious passing situations.

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