Three seniors and a junior return as starters in Georgia’s secondary, but it’s a sophomore competing at multiple positions that coach Kirby Smart mentioned this week when discussing leaders on defense.
“A guy that sticks out to me who is always challenging teammates is Tyrique McGhee,” Smart said. “He’s not afraid to speak up and say we’ve got to do better, we’ve got to practice harder, we’ve got to be more physical. I like his leadership categories.”
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound McGhee can play both corner positions and is competing for the star nickel back starting spot.
The Peach County High product had nine tackles in 13 games last year when he played more special teams snaps than any other true freshman last season.
“He’s a great competitor,” senior defensive back Aaron Davis said. “He does everything the coaches ask of him and he does it to the best of his ability. I feel like Tyrique can contribute if he’s able to step up and continue to do the things he’s been doing already.”
Safety Dominick Sanders said McGhee started to show the way this spring when the secondary added early enrollees Deangelo Gibbs and Richard LeCounte.
“He’s a guy that’s just constantly working hard each and every day,”said Sanders, a senior. “He’s a guy that tells us no days off. He’s not very big, but around here it’s not about size, it’s about heart. Each and every play he’s giving his all and that’s what I love about him.”