Coach Richt and Sanders Commings
Sept. 1, 2011
Many characteristics go into making a person a great team player. For junior Sanders Commings, versatility is one of those characteristics that make him a viable player for the University of Georgia football team.
With the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against No. 5 Boise State in sight, Commings received the starting nod at the free safety position after starting nine games in 2010 at cornerback.
"There isn't much of a difference between playing corner and safety--it's just space between the receivers," Commings said. "I am just as comfortable playing safety as I am at playing corner."
Commings didn't know that he would take the starting position until the team started making a game plan Saturday's contest.
"We started game planning like last week and they put me at safety," Commings said. "That's when it all hit me like 'Wow. I'm really going to be playing safety this game.'"
Although the Augusta native will be at safety, going back to the corner position is not out of the question for other games, as he is listed at number two on the depth chart for cornerback. Commings noted that it would probably be a game-by-game basis due to matchups of other teams' receivers.
In his new role, however, Commings may have chances to expand his knowledge of the game.
"The thing about safety is I get to learn more," Commings said. "I'm playing free safety, so a lot of the times I'm just playing center field and reading the quarterback's eyes. I think I will have a lot more opportunities to get some interceptions."
Interceptions already come easily for Commings. While playing cornerback, he caught three interceptions in 2010, which tied him for a team high with Baccari Rambo and Brandon Boykin.
Commings added that he used to have a preference to playing cornerback rather than safety. Now, he doesn't have one.
"I just want to be on the field and help out the team."
Unselfish. It is just another characteristic of Commings that makes him a great team player for the Bulldogs.