There’s been a lot of attention focused–rightly so–on Georgia’s freshmen that will debut in the secondary Saturday against Clemson.
Cornerback Brendan Langley and safety Tray Matthews are expected to start and cornerback Shaq Wiggins, another freshman, also made noise this preseason.
Another young guy, sophomore Sheldon Dawson, also steps into an expanded role in the secondary as a third cornerback (junior Damian Swann is the other starter) that will be counted on against the Tigers.
“I think I’m very prepared simply because the love for the game I have, and then learning, getting in the playbook the whole summer and learning what to do,” Dawson said, “Just being more comfortable. Then also knowing the opportunity I’ve got at hand to actually go out there and play.”
Dawson dealt with knee and shoulder injuries this preseason and Georgia lists him as a second-teamer in the base defense, but with the Tigers using four receiver sets, he should get his share of snaps.
Dawson had two interceptions in the first preseason scrimmage, including one off Aaron Murray he returned for a touchdown.
“Now it’s time for him to get in that real live game situation to where he can show what he can really do,” Swann said. “Sheldon’s going to be great.”
Said secondary coach Scott Lakatos: “He plays the ball pretty well. Most of the guys are pretty good at judging the ball, they’re pretty good at playing it. The trick is to make sure they’re in position to play it.”
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