"I'm seeing a lot more direct hits by our safeties, Reshad and Banks, especially," Richt said.
Jones is becoming a better open-field tackler, and Banks is validating his reputation as a big hitter, Richt said.
Starting strong safety CJ "Byrd is a very good tackler, a good sure tackler," Richt said. "Maybe he just hasn't had as many opportunities as the other guys, but there have been some really good solid shots by Banks."
Banks is a graduate of Houston County High School. Redshirt freshman John Knox is the top backup at free safety, Banks said.
PRAISE FOR WYNN: GMC transfer Jarius Wynn isn't a starter and may not be at any time in his collegiate career, but that doesn't mean he's not making a positive, Richt said.
Wynn, a senior, is backing up junior Rod Battle at defensive end.
"Wynn is playing very well, but Roderick is too," Richt said. "Jarius keeps coming on. I just think it's clicked for him on how to work, what kind of effort it takes, what kind of focus it takes to be a great player. He's really practicing like he wants to be special.
He's definitely going to play a lot of snaps, and Roderick is going to play a lot of snaps."
Wynn, 6-foot-5, 273 pounds, had nine tackles last year.