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Blog: Pruitt looking for more DBs (a lot more) ready to play ‘winning football’

Jeremy Pruitt says he doesn’t think he has a secondary at Georgia ready to play “winning football” after just four preseason practices.

The Bulldogs’ first-year defensive coordinator coaches the defensive backs. It’s a group that lost some key components this offseason due to dismissals and a transfer and gained several new pieces with newcomers.

“Right now the big thing is we’ve got to figure out who the right guys to coach are,” Pruitt said Tuesday at midday, a few hours before Georgia holds its first full pads practice of August. “That’s what we’re trying to figure out. We’re starting to narrow it down a little bit. We have not fixed the depth chart. I feel like right now I’ve got one guy that’s playing the way it’s supposed to be played in the secondary and we’ve got to find a lot more than that.”

That one guy is senior cornerback Damian Swann, the most experienced player on the back end.

Pruitt is working with a bunch of new faces: cornerbacks Malkom Parrish, Shattle Fenteng, Shaq Jones and Rico Johnson and safety Dominick Sanders. Redshirt freshmen safeties Reggie Wilkerson and Tramel Terry are also in the mix.

“They’re just not complete football players yet, but they’re young, they’re babies,” Pruitt said. “And that goes back to realistic expectations. I’m not disappointed in any of them, but we’re talking about guys playing winning football. That’s what it’s all about. Right now we’ve got one guy that can play winning football. We’ve got 10 or 11 other guys that possibly could. Are they there yet? Not yet.”

Pruitt said walk-on Aaron Davis who played cornerback in the spring and safety this preseason is a “football player,” who can play both.

“We’re trying to figure out exactly where he fits,” Pruitt said. “He does give us a chance for a guy to kind of we can move around and play him in a couple of spots, but he’s still got to improve, too. He’s not been out there in the fire. It’s easy to do it in practice. We’ll kind of see how he progresses this fall.”

Asked about injuries, Pruitt said that Fenteng and inside linebacker Ramik Wilson are fine. Georgia hasn’t disclosed what is bothering them, but Fenteng appeared to have a hand or arm/shoulder injury.

Pruitt said he isn’t displeased with what he’s seen from freshmen Parrish, Sanders and Fenteng.

“They’re all working hard,” he said. “They’ve all got things that they do really well and they’ve got things they can work on. Now we’re just trying to get a little bit better with them every day. The guys got great attitudes, they’re working hard. Today we put the pads on so we’ll find a little bit more about them today.”

Asked about their chance of playing, Pruitt said: “We’re going to play the best players whether they’re freshmen or seniors or whatever. We’ll see. They’ve got just as good a chance as anybody else.”

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