Safety Depth A Key

Safety has been a key position at GEORGIA throughout Coach Mark Richt’s nine-year tenure. We have had some heavy hitters and ballhawking athletes that were game-changers come and go. I could wax nostalgic.

Last year’s model, Reshad Jones had all the athletic ability in the world and finally gelled into a dominant safety for us his junior year, then left early for the NFL as expected by most talent prognosticators.

A key to this year’s overall team success: depth of talent at safety, where four impressive players vie for rotation time as we will have new starters at the two slots, strong and free safety.

Strong safety Quinton Banks has the game experience and the all-around game necessary to contribute. He looks to back up stud athlete Nick Williams. Formerly considered to be somewhat a safety/linebacker tweener with the size to run support and the speed to cover ground, coaches looked for a way to get him on the field more in the past. The job at strong safety is his to lose now, though I expect steady Quinton to play a bunch of reps.

Bacarri Rambo came on last season and will add a physical element anytime he is on the field. He can cover and tackle and loves to mix it up. Rambo looks to start at free safety this season, where he will be spelled by a junior college phenom whom has been turning heads in practice with his intensity. They call Jakar Hamilton the Hitman.

The ability to have all four contribute may help us to keep fresh on defense. We often looked tired last season and stayed on the field too long in predictable coverage schemes. Overall, we look very physical and deep at safety this season. With mistakes anticipated in a new defensive formation and us taking more chances this season as a defense, the quality of contributions from these players will be of the utmost importance to the team. We may have 10 offensive starters back, but it is no cliche to say defense wins championships.