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Georgia freshman defensive backs embracing competition on practice field

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia freshman Juwuan Briscoe is among seven first-year defensive backs apart of the class of 2015.
Georgia freshman Juwuan Briscoe is among seven first-year defensive backs apart of the class of 2015.

Football is often a numbers game. And when a position group begins to fill up in a given class, potential recruits can be deterred. 

As for Georgia, it stockpiled its secondary in this past class and no one on board seems to mind. In total, the Bulldogs inked seven defensive backs to a group that is already littered with sophomores and juniors.

However, the idea of competition is something attractive for this group of youngsters, many of whom said they didn’t mind being a part of a large group of sought-after recruits in the secondary.

“I know there’s going to be competition wherever I go,” freshman Rashad Roundtree said. “I wasn’t really concerned about choosing a place with less competition. I just chose a place that would be best for me.”

“I really didn’t pay much attention,” said Rico McGraw, when asked about the large group of freshman defensive backs. “I knew what I wanted. I wanted to come in and play as soon as possible, contribute as soon as soon as possible -- with special teams or with the ones.”

“It’s going to be special,” freshman Juwuan Briscoe said about the depth in the back end.

Georgia freshman cornerback Juwuan Briscoe talks about a veteran player helping him, going against Pat Allen in the Maryland playoffs and his favorite place to eat in Athens.

Each of these freshmen has already settled into different roles with the secondary. Briscoe is focusing solely on cornerback. McGraw is working primarily at the star position but is getting some cornerback work as well.

Roundtree said he hasn’t been assigned a spot but that he could fit in anywhere in the secondary. Roundtree is like a lot of the defensive backs in that they’re being cross-trained for multiple positions.

“It actually helps out a lot, just to play one position but know what the other position’s responsibilities are,” Roundtree said. “As a player, you sometimes have to rely on them. But you can actually rely on your own eyes to make plays.”

McGraw said defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt told him during his recruitment that he specifically wanted him to play the star. At 6-0 and 190 pounds, McGraw said he fits the mold of what Pruitt is looking for at the position.

“I am one of the bigger DBs on this team,” McGraw said. “I take pride in being able to move at this size. The star is a unique position that many people aren’t able to play. I do have many attributes to be able to play that.”

It figures to be a tough battle for the seven freshmen in the secondary over the next few years , at least when it comes to intrasquad competition for spots on the two-deep.

“I know it’s all a fight between us but we all come together and we all help each other,” Roundtree said. “We know we’ll be great and we all want to play together.”

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