2005 Starter: DeMario Minter (26 career starts, 134 total tackles, 23 pass breakups and two interceptions)
Minter will likely be drafted on the first day of the NFL Draft this weekend – replacing him will be a challenge for whoever wins the starting job. It seems the job is Thomas Flowers' (ten total tackles, one pass breakup and one interception) to lose. He had a steady spring – he entered it as the number one – and did nothing to jeopardize losing his spot. However, Ramarcus Brown played well during spring ball, and that could mean some time splitting this fall.
Bryan Evans, who seems to be coming on at the end of spring ball, suffered an injury at the end of practices which held him out of G-Day. He is expected to return in the fall. Brown and Evans, if healthy, could give Flowers a run for his money at strong cornerback this fall. If nothing else it seems the depth at strong corner will give Georgia a good nickel package this fall.
2005 Starter: Tim Jennings (33 career starts, 165 total tackles, 27 pass breakups and ten interceptions)
Jennings, too, will be drafted this weekend, but the jury is still out on exactly when that will happen. Paul Oliver had a dominating spring, and will be the leader amongst the cornerbacks this fall. Oliver (2 career starts, 37 total tackles, 2 pass breakups and four interceptions) is a potential All-SEC candidate, but likely will not be given that honor in the preseason. After recovering from an ACL injury, which occurred three years ago, Oliver is finally starting to live up to the recruiting hype that surrounded him in 2003.
If Oliver is a lock-solid starter this fall, which it seems he will be, where does that leave the rest of the weak corners? Injuries led to the transfer of Mikey Henderson to wide receiver this spring on an "experimental" basis. The experiment did not last long – you won't see Henderson back on defense again. That opened the door for true freshman Asher Allen to get more playing time – and he made good use of it.
Allen might have been the biggest surprise on defense this spring. He made excellent plays at G-Day – although Henderson beat him badly on the first score of the game. It's going to be hard to keep Allen off the field this season – it might be hard to keep him from starting by the end of the year.
All-American Candidates: None
All-SEC Candidates: Paul Oliver (2nd Team)
Burning Question: Can Flowers hold off a group of very talented youngsters all season long?