Is Deandre Baker Georgia football’s most irreplaceable player?


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Who is Georgia’s most irreplaceable player?

Brad Crawford of 247Sports ranked Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker No. 8 on his list of the 18 most irreplaceable players in college football. Here’s what he said about Baker:

The definition of a lockdown corner and probably the most talented player on Georgia’s defense next season. He’s  a projected top-10 pick in 2019 and has 7 total interceptions over his last two seasons. Ask Jake Fromm how terrifying Baker is when he’s on an island — he tossed an errant throw toward the sideline in the spring game that Baker returned for six.

As the only Georgia player on the list, Baker is  ipso facto considered the most irreplaceable player on the team, but Crawford didn’t dig too deep into his reasoning.

So the question begs: Is Baker Georgia’s most irreplaceable player?

In the yes column is a simple fact: As Crawford notes, he’s the best player on the defense, maybe the best player on the entire team. No other Georgia corner can confidently challenge the best receiver of every opponent or expect to keep his half of the field closed for business all season. There’s plenty of talent in the secondary, to be sure, but most of it is young and inexperienced.

So who are the other contenders for most irreplaceable? Rodrigo Blankenship comes to mind. He’s become a weapon on special teams and has proven he can make clutch kicks. With the defensive line as thin as it is, Tyler Clark was a thought, but the arrival of Jay Hayes mitigates the depth issues somewhat. I also considered an offensive lineman such as Andrew Thomas or Lamont Galliard, but there are enough bodies on the line to do some reshuffling and still be relatively good to go.

As I went through the roster for this exercise to make sure I didn’t forget anyone obvious, I was astonished by the fact that I overlooked the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year and top returning player on offense, quarterback Jake Fromm. But when I thought about it, I realized my oversight is a testament to freshman backup Justin Fields, a player so highly thought of that many folks, myself included, think he could step in for Fromm and not miss a beat.

All told, I’d put Blankenship second among the most irreplaceable, but I think Crawford got it right in picking Baker. He’s the team’s best on defense and one of its few veterans. Without him, the secondary may lack the experience and quality needed to be a national title contender this year.

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Georgia baseball projects to host NCAA Regionals

Georgia baseball is 35-16 and in the midst of its best season in years heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Diamond Dogs will want to cap this comeback season with a successful run in the postseason, and it looks likely they’ll be buoyed in that effort by a homestand for the NCAA Regionals.

In the latest NCAA Regionals projection from D1 Baseball, Georgia is projected as the No. 7 overall seed, which would come with the privilege of hosting duties.

Could Georgia land Primetime Part II?

Jeff Sentell of DawgNation caught up with 3-star 2019 CB Shilo Sanders, son of the legendary Deion Sanders. The younger Sanders was one of many recruits in Athens for G-Day, and the atmosphere left quite an impression.

“As soon as I stepped into the stadium, I was amazed at how many people were there,” Sanders told Sentell. “It was crazy. Everyone was hype. It was a great experience.”

Check out the post for more on his future visit plans and the possibility he becomes a Georgia Bulldog.

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