Around the Hedges in 80 Days: Commings 

June, 25, 2012
Sixty-eight days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.

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Daniel Shirey/US PresswireWhile they'll miss him for the first two games, the Bulldogs will welcome Sanders Commings' big-play efforts on defense the rest of the season.

68. Sanders Commings
Senior, Cornerback
6-foot-2, 217 pounds

Fall forecast: Commings will sit out the first two games while serving a suspension for his role in a domestic incident during the offseason, robbing Georgia’s secondary of one of its most experienced performers. But once he returns, Commings figures to play a prominent role in what should be one of the nation’s most effective defenses. He enters preseason practice as a starting cornerback ahead of Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Bowman.

Career highlight: Last season against Mississippi State, Commings intercepted a Chris Relf pass at the Georgia 3-yard line and returned it 16 yards to the 19, preserving Georgia’s 14-3 lead in the win. The Bulldogs then drove 81 yards to go up 21-3 at halftime. Later in the game, Commings recovered an Arceto Clark fumble at the Mississippi State 22-yard line and returned it to the 15. That set up a Blair Walsh field goal that put Georgia up 24-3.

Experience thus far: Commings started 23 games in the last two seasons, including all 14 last season, and ranks among the Bulldogs’ most valuable defensive backs because of his ability to play both cornerback and safety. Commings tied for fourth on the team with 55 tackles last year and led the team with 12 pass breakups.

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