The first guy on the field in nickel situations is a toss up right now. The odds on favorite would be Sanders Commings. Commings redshirted last season, but he played well in the spring game and has great size at 6-2 210 lbs. Commings will be pushed hard by incoming true freshmen Branden Smith and Jordan Love, not to mention junior Vance Cuff. Only Miller has more experience than Cuff, so he would have a mental edge among this group. Smith has been hyped as the next Champ Bailey, so he would seem to have the physical edge. I think we'll see more Commings than Smith early in 2009, but Smith will earn more playing time as the season plays out. Love would benefit from a redshirt season, but I believe that the lack of depth at corner will force him into action this season.
The other wildcard with this position is having Bryan Evans as the starting free safety. Evans is a senior and played corner in the UGA system for 3 years. He definitely knows what a corner is supposed to do on every play, and he also has the cover skills to help immensely in coverage. I really look for Evans to be a great center-fielder which will relieve some pressure on the young corners and also allow Reshad Jones to roam the field and lay the wood.
I had been very concerned about the cornerbacks, but I'm feeling more confident lately. Depth is a concern which makes injuries very scary, but I think there is ample talent here to have a solid secondary. Of course, any secondary can be picked apart without a pass rush up front, so any success the corners will enjoy will largely depend on the success that the defensive line has putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.