Commings is determined to stay out of trouble.
"I've learned a lot from it," he said. "I've learned I need to put myself around people who bring out the best in me."
Without those four key players, Georgia's defense didn't look its best in the first two games. Lowly Buffalo made a game of it in the first half, putting up 16 points between the hedges. Missouri burned the secondary for two long touchdown passes. Overall, the Bulldogs rank 10th in the SEC in points allowed (21.5 per game) and 11th in total defense (an average of 359 yards).
"A lot of good things happened defensively," Richt said. "But there's still things that have to be cleaned up."
He's not sure where Commings fits into the cleaning process. While cornerback is his preferred position, the Bulldogs are pleased with the play of converted receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Richt pointed out that Commings, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, might be more of a fit physically at safety — at least until Rambo returns.
"We're always going to cross-train Sanders to play both corner and safety," the coach said. "He runs really well. He also covers well. He's smart enough to play both positions."
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