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Blog: A player not to forget in the UGA secondary

Georgia’s offense is awaiting the return of several skill position players from injury, but don’t forget someone who should contribute in the secondary when he’s at full-speed.

Reggie Wilkerson was lost for the season before his freshman year due to a torn ACL in his right knee sustained last June.

The Citra, Fla., product enrolled early and had earned a rotation spot before the injury.

He worked this spring for new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt in a limited capacity.

‚ÄúI think Reggie, to be where he‚Äôs at with his knee, he‚Äôs had a good spring,‚Äù Pruitt said as spring practices were coming to a close. ‚ÄúObviously he‚Äôs not been able to participate in any contact drills but he‚Äôs really done everything except when we went to the scrimmages. He tells me he‚Äôs about 85 percent right now so he‚Äôs got to make some strides getting his legs back under him.”

The 5-foot-11, 171-pound Wilkerson who turns 20 next month could be a factor at cornerback. He had an interception in one scrimmage last spring and a sack in the G-Day game.

“He’ll probably have a little more quickness when he gets back to full strength,” Pruitt said. “I like what I’ve seen out of him as a competitor. He seems to have some ball skills and he’s got a little savvy about him.”

Wilkerson has yet to play a college snap, but Georgia already is relying on plenty of youth on the back end.

“Sure, you’d like to have a veteran group, a bunch of guys that have been back there and had success,” Pruitt said. “We’re not there yet. We’re starting to figure out a little bit. We’re learning how to communicate with each other. They’re learning what the expectations are for the defensive staff. We’ve made some strides back there, but we’re not there yet.”

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