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Starters: Mackensie Alexander, Cordrea Tankersley, Jayron Kearse, Robert Smith
Backups: Garry Peters, Martin Jenkins, Jadar Johnson, T.J. Green
Throughout this article, you’ll see that I give the edge to upperclassmen in most situations. There’s no way that’s happening here, though. Mackensie Alexander and Cordrea Tankersley have really stood out to the coaching staff and will be your starters going into fall practices.
Garry Peters is another one of the players suspended for the Georgia game, so the Tigers need to prepare a young guy to start anyway. There has been a lot of positive talk about Alexander, and there’s no doubt in my mind he starts at Georgia.
Martin Jenkins and Peters are both seniors and will be asked to step up, but I’m not sure they can overtake Tankersley, who was named a starter after spring practice.
Jayron Kearse finished the year strong at safety, and it’s safe to say that he holds that spot through fall camp. Robert Smith is a senior, so he will get the edge over T.J. Green early. Green has a really bright future with the Tigers, but Smith will get his chance when practice begins.