Aaron Davis was a surprise first-team cornerback for Georgia at the end of spring practice.
His teammates aren’t surprised that the walk-on is running with the first unit this preseason even after he has shifted to safety.
“Aaron’s legit, he knows every position,” said J.J. Green, who plays the star nickel back and safety positions. “That’s 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’s meetings so Coach Pruitt has a lot of trust in Aaron just to go out there and make plays. He’s a smart guy.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound from Locust Grove redshirt freshman said he’s worked only at safety through the first three practices.
“We learn by concepts,” Davis said. “Safety has a little bit more responsibility than corner in terms of making play calls. It helps me to grasp the entire picture better.”
Pruitt, in his first year as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, was asked about Davis last week before practices began.
“He’s got size, he can run, he plays the ball well,” Pruitt said. “He’s extremely smart. He pays attention to detail. He’s got toughness. He’s a good competitor.”
Davis’ move to safety came after Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team in June.
“It’s a little bit of a transition,” Davis said. “In my younger days, I played a little bit of safety, a little bit of corner. It’s not unfamiliar to me. It’s a transition just because corner you’re pressing a lot, safety you’re covering more field, more range.”
Rome heads to sideline with injury
Tight end Jay Rome pulled himself out a passing drill early in Georgia’s 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’t 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’s 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’s high school teammate sees the move from cornerback to wide receiver a good one for the sophomore.
“I think he’s a lot more natural at that position,” said sophomore safety Quincy Mauger, who played with Langley at Kell High School. “He works a lot more efficiently and better with the ball in his hands. I think he’s competing very well.”
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.
“Brendan Langley is one of the fastest guys on our team,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said before preseason practices. “He had ball skills coming out of high school. We liked him as an offensive player then. So I’m excited to see what he does and I know he’s excited about the opportunity. Any time you can get some guys on offense that can stretch the field—and Brendan would be one of those guys that can do that—I believe that will help us this year.”
Mauger said he didn’t consider Langley more of a receiver or a cornerback in high school.
“An athlete,” he said. “Whatever you want him to do, he’ll do it.”
This and that
The changes on the Bulldogs’ recruiting support staff didn’t 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. …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.