- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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Editor’s note: Each day between now and Georgia’s Capital One Bowl date with Nebraska, we will review the season for a key Bulldogs player and attempt to project what’s next. Today we’ll look at cornerback Sanders Commings.
No. 19 Sanders Commings
43 tackles, 3 INTs
Role in 2012: Commings sat out the first two games of the season, but played his typical brand of quietly productive football for the rest of the fall.
The good: The senior was extremely durable throughout his career, starting the last 26 games in which he was eligible to participate while providing exceptional versatility with his ability to play either cornerback or safety. Commings rarely jumps off the screen because of his playmaking ability -- his two-interception game against Tennessee, interception in the end zone against Alabama and fourth-quarter fumble recovery in the end zone against Florida are obvious exceptions -- but he was one of the steadiest performers in Georgia’s secondary over the last two seasons.
The bad: Commings was suspended for the first two games following an offseason domestic incident with a female friend in downtown Athens. Because of his absence and safety Bacarri Rambo’s four-game suspension to open the season, the Bulldogs were in a shaky position in pass defense for nearly the entire first half of the season. Georgia was fortunate that it was still undefeated once the entire secondary was intact, but it’s reasonable to wonder how much more effective the defense could have been without the suspensions.
Crystal ball: Because of his obvious athleticism -- a high school baseball standout, he was also selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft before coming to Georgia -- and stout 6-foot-2 frame, Commings will impress football scouts with his physical tools as the draft approaches. He probably won’t be an early-round pick, but he certainly projects as someone who can help a pro team with his versatility in the secondary and ability to contribute on special teams.