View of practice offers look at defensive newcomers occupying prominant roles

Georgia opened the curtain more than usual on Tuesday for its afternoon practice at Sanford Stadium.

UGA students and media who cover the team gained entry for the final 70 minutes of practice.

The talk of newcomers having prominent roles on defense, particularly in the secondary were apparent.

Junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng was with the starting unit at cornerback, joined by walk-on safety Aaron Davis and freshman Dominick Sanders, who was working at the star nickel back position.

“They’ve got a good talent base, their issue is experience,” coach Mark Richt said. “Experience in the system and experience playing SEC football, which they have none. That’s the biggest issue. There are some guys that are getting coached real hard right now because they’ve got to get ready and the clock’s ticking. It’s not comfortable probably I would say now for them as we try to get them ready to play.”

Starting quarterback Hutson Mason singled out Sanders

“He’s really stood out to me, maybe because he’s had both of my picks,” starting quarterback Hutson Mason said. “The coaches have a lot of high expectations for the freshmen because they’re counting on them.”

Five-star recruit Lorenzo Carter also worked with the starters at outside linebacker on a day Leonard Floyd was in a non-contact jersey and not practicing.

Richt said Floyd, who did not scrimmage Saturday with an undisclosed injury, will “be fine.”

“Either way, Lorenzo was going to play,” Richt said. “He’s had a really good camp. Lorenzo’s like a lot of freshmen. He’ll do something outstanding and he’ll have a little brain lock.”

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