Replacing Deandre Baker, one of the most decorated defensive backs in program history, is a tall order. Luckily for new defensive backs coach Charlton Warren he has plenty of candidates for the job.
One strong contender will be redshirt sophomore cornerback Eric Stokes. The 6’1, 185 pound Covington native played in thirteen of fourteen contests during the 2018 season. But he came on strongest toward the end of the year starting three of the final four games. Stokes finish the year with 20 total tackles (including 5 in the Sugar Bowl) and finished second on the team with 9 pass break ups.
At the postseason awards gala Stokes was named a co-winner of the Most Improved Defensive Player Award. Now entering his third year in the program, Stokes is looking to polish his game. He’s always had blazing speed and closes on receivers as well as any defensive back in a UGA uniform.
In 2019 the challenge will be for #27 to become a more physical player and a better coverage technician. I expect that working with Warren, a noted fundamental teacher who expects his charges to win the close balls, will benefit Stokes as well as the several underclassmen vying for playing time in the Georgia secondary. Until later...