Where Does Georgia Position Defensive Playmaker Chauncey Manac?
Kirby Smart talks former four-star recruit Chauncey Manac and the struggle of finding him the correct position.
It’s difficult to keep a four-star signee and the nation’s No.114th overall recruit off the playing field — especially if he is getting praise form the head coach and defensive coordinator.
Chauncey Manac, the 6’3”, 243-pound redshirt freshman from Clinch County, has been a force on defense since he arrived in Athens last year. Manac has that special ability to slip blocks and disrupt a play. Coach Smart discussed Manac during his most recent press conference:
“This is a guy who continues to make plays in practice and we have the same debate — is he an outside linebacker, defensive end. The way college football is now, not NFL, but college football is such a space game. Chauncey is slippery, he is hard to block, but when we run down hill runs at him he is not as effective. He is not big enough to hold up, so you have to decide what role does he have. He certainly has a role on this team because he has a really uncanny ability to get on and off blocks, to make plays, to cause disruption. He is still learning our system. He does not know it exactly right, but right now he has been working at defensive end. But, you have to remember, 50 percent of our outside backers are defensive ends, so is he this one or this one? Really, he is a little bit of both. We are just putting him in that room so he gets that experience more often in there. He could always move back. You would like for him to be about 260, but he is really not quite that weight right now, but he is doing a good job.”