Aaron Davis was a surprise first-team cornerback for Georgia at the end of spring practice.
His teammates aren‚Äôt surprised that the walk-on is running with the first unit this preseason even after he has shifted to safety.
‚ÄúAaron‚Äôs legit, he knows every position,‚Äù said J.J. Green, who plays the star nickel back and safety positions. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt can make changes with Aaron easy. He goes to corner, he knows everything at corner. He goes to safety, he knows everything at safety. He pays attention in Coach Pruitt‚Äôs meetings so Coach Pruitt has a lot of trust in Aaron just to go out there and make plays. He‚Äôs a smart guy.‚Äù
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound from Locust Grove redshirt freshman said he‚Äôs worked only at safety through the first three practices.
‚ÄúWe learn by concepts,‚Äù Davis said. ‚ÄúSafety has a little bit more responsibility than corner in terms of making play calls. It helps me to grasp the entire picture better.‚Äù
Pruitt, in his first year as Georgia‚Äôs defensive coordinator, was asked about Davis last week before practices began.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got size, he can run, he plays the ball well,‚Äù Pruitt said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs extremely smart. He pays attention to detail. He‚Äôs got toughness. He‚Äôs a good competitor.‚Äù
Davis’ move to safety came after Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team in June.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a little bit of a transition,‚Äù Davis said. ‚ÄúIn my younger days, I played a little bit of safety, a little bit of corner. It‚Äôs not unfamiliar to me. It‚Äôs a transition just because corner you‚Äôre pressing a lot, safety you‚Äôre covering more field, more range.‚Äù
Rome heads to sideline with injury
Tight end Jay Rome pulled himself out a passing drill early in Georgia‚Äôs practice Sunday afternoon during the media viewing period. He limped down the sideline with director of sports medicine Ron Courson and then went on a stationary bike.
Rome did return to the field, a team spokesman later said, but how much he did and the exact nature of the injury wasn‚Äôt provided.
There was no word on whether the injury is a significant setback in his return from right foot surgery or simply the redshirt junior deciding to pull himself due to pain. He said a day earlier that Georgia‚Äôs staff was allowing him to come out of drills if need be as he works through foot soreness after missing spring practices and the final four games of last season.
Langley ‘more natural’ at WR
One of Brendan Langley‚Äôs high school teammate sees the move from cornerback to wide receiver a good one for the sophomore.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs a lot more natural at that position,‚Äù said sophomore safety Quincy Mauger, who played with Langley at Kell High School. ‚ÄúHe works a lot more efficiently and better with the ball in his hands. I think he‚Äôs competing very well.‚Äù
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Langley started the first four games last season at cornerback but lost that job and moved to offense after spring practice.
‚ÄúBrendan Langley is one of the fastest guys on our team,‚Äù offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said before preseason practices. ‚ÄúHe had ball skills coming out of high school. We liked him as an offensive player then. So I‚Äôm excited to see what he does and I know he‚Äôs excited about the opportunity. Any time you can get some guys on offense that can stretch the field‚Äîand Brendan would be one of those guys that can do that‚ÄîI believe that will help us this year.‚Äù
Mauger said he didn‚Äôt consider Langley more of a receiver or a cornerback in high school.
‚ÄúAn athlete,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúWhatever you want him to do, he‚Äôll do it.‚Äù
This and that
The changes on the Bulldogs‚Äô recruiting support staff didn‚Äôt stop with the hiring of Ronnie Letson as director of player personnel and Sam Petitto as associate director of player personnel. Recruiting assistant Ben Brandenburg now has the title of recruiting operations coordinator. Recruiting assistant Thomas Guerry was hired by Virginia Tech last week as director of high school relations. ‚Ä¶Philadelphia Eagle cornerback Brandon Boykin, the former Bulldog, tweeted that he has earned his undergraduate degree from the Grady School of Journalism after two NFL offseasons.