Secondary Not Stagnant

Secondary Not Stagnant

ATHENS - Jeremy Pruitt continues to make changes to Georgia's secondary.

There was plenty of movement in the depth chart in the secondary during spring practice and that has continued this preseason under defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

“Coach Pruitt switches up the depth chart every day,” said freshman cornerback Shaq Jones from Palm Bay, Fla., who works at the same corner spot as Damian Swann. “He tells us not to worry about the depth chart because the depth chart isn’t really telling us who’s going to play. He’s telling us to keep working and we’ll find out when it’s time for the game."

Rico Johnson from Swainsboro, a freshman who moved from receiver this summer, said Tuesday he’s gotten first-team reps at cornerback opposite Swann the last two days.

He said Pruitt told him not to look at it like he’s starting and to go out and compete.

“That’s what I’m doing,” Johnson said. “I’m just going out there and competing and giving it my all. …I have a special gift that they don’t have. I have speed. That helps me a lot.”

Parrish, from Brooks County, is working at cornerback and at the star nickel back position.

He had a fumble recovery in the scrimmage.

“I’m not really excited about it, but it feels good that I can perform under pressure,” Parrish said. “I try not to let things like that get to my head.”

He said he may get lost at times pre-snap on defense, but still goes hard every snap. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound Parrish said the star position allows him to play at a slower pace.

“It fits me well,” he said. “I just like the physical part of being in the box. I always wanted to be a linebacker. …This is my chance to show that I can actually play inside the box.”

This and that

Tailback Todd Gurley and inside linebacker Ramik Wilson are on SI.com’s Preseason All-America team. Georgia is ranked No. 12 in ESPN’s The Magazine preseason rankings … Carter, who also played basketball at Norcross, said he’s thought about playing on the Bulldogs’ basketball team and has even talked to coach Mark Fox and assistant Philip Pearson in June about the possibility. “I might, I don’t know,” he said. … Georgia has its fourth and final two-a-day practice on Wednesday, going in the morning and at night.

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