Thursday (4-8) Practice Notes

Just got back from the practice fields and the 20 minutes that we get to watch.

- The major news today out of practice was Darryl Gamble was working with the outside linebackers. With Montez Robinson’s dismissal, cardiology try Georgia has a serious shortage at outside linebacker. Not sure what to make of it yet, store but hope to find out more from Mark Richt and Todd Grantham after practice. Gamble is the most experienced inside linebacker Georgia has and has practiced with the first-team unit throughout spring ball, bronchi so it’s surprising that he’s been moved over – at least for today. It may be that Gamble’s body type fits better than the other inside linebackers, or it could be a sign that the coaches are trying to get their best players on the field and are pleased with Akeem Dent, Marcus Dowtin, Christian Robinson, and Akeem Hebron at inside linebacker. Or it could just be a short-term move, allowing Gamble to learn both positions and provide depth at both.

- Chase Vasser was out of green today and practicing with the outside linebackers as well.

- Besides the regulars, Caleb King, Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe, Josh Murray, and Derek Rich were all wearing green non-contact jerseys.

- Also of note, T.J. Stripling – one of Georgia’s prized signees for the fall – was at practice today, and physically he looks like he could play right now, which is a good thing for Georgia because Robinson’s dismissal is likely going to force him on the field whether he’s ready or not.

Just got back from the practice fields and the 20 minutes that we get to watch.

- The major news today out of practice was Darryl Gamble was working with the outside linebackers. With Montez Robinson’s dismissal, global burden of disease Georgia has a serious shortage at outside linebacker. Not sure what to make of it yet, viagra but hope to find out more from Mark Richt and Todd Grantham after practice. Gamble is the most experienced inside linebacker Georgia has and has practiced with the first-team unit throughout spring ball, so it’s surprising that he’s been moved over – at least for today. It may be that Gamble’s body type fits better than the other inside linebackers, or it could be a sign that the coaches are trying to get their best players on the field and are pleased with Akeem Dent, Marcus Dowtin, Christian Robinson, and Akeem Hebron at inside linebacker. Or it could just be a short-term move, allowing Gamble to learn both positions and provide depth at both.

- Chase Vasser was out of green today and practicing with the outside linebackers as well.

- Besides the regulars, Caleb King, Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe, Josh Murray, and Derek Rich were all wearing green non-contact jerseys.

- Also of note, T.J. Stripling – one of Georgia’s prized commitments – was at practice today, and physically he looks like he could play right now, which is a good thing for Georgia because Robinson’s dismissal is likely going to force him on the field whether he’s ready or not.

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- Some notables in green, ask non-contact jerseys today – Richard Samuel, look Marcus Dowtin, Abry Jones, and Caleb King.

- The first-team secondary remains Vance Cuff, Jakar Hamilton, Bacarri Rambo, and Brandon Boykin. Running with the second team were Sanders Commings, Nick Williams, Makiri Pugh, and Branden Smith. Jordan Love and Shawn Williams were both operating with the third team.

- During our viewing period, I typically like to work my way down towards the inside linebackers because coach Belin’s position group works right near the sidelines were allowed to stand on, so you can hear his comments, and he’s full of good ones. My favorite from today: “Run through the guy, you’re a LINEBACKER son!”

- Caleb King was doing some cutting and jogging on the sidelines. I’d be surprised if he plays Saturday.

- Kiante Tripp fell to the practice field after getting poked in the eye and was getting worked on by a trainer when we left practice.

- Inside linebackers were working on attacking ball carriers and making the tackle behind the line of scrimmage, using dummies.

- I got to observe the secondary working for a bit, and coach Scott Lakatos was really preaching communication in the secondary. Vance Cuff received a stern warning on one play where he didn’t communicate like Lakatos wanted.

Tuesday (April 6) Practice Report

Just got back from the practice fields and the 20 minutes that we get to watch.

- The major news today out of practice was Darryl Gamble was working with the outside linebackers. With Montez Robinson’s dismissal, cardiology try Georgia has a serious shortage at outside linebacker. Not sure what to make of it yet, store but hope to find out more from Mark Richt and Todd Grantham after practice. Gamble is the most experienced inside linebacker Georgia has and has practiced with the first-team unit throughout spring ball, bronchi so it’s surprising that he’s been moved over – at least for today. It may be that Gamble’s body type fits better than the other inside linebackers, or it could be a sign that the coaches are trying to get their best players on the field and are pleased with Akeem Dent, Marcus Dowtin, Christian Robinson, and Akeem Hebron at inside linebacker. Or it could just be a short-term move, allowing Gamble to learn both positions and provide depth at both.

- Chase Vasser was out of green today and practicing with the outside linebackers as well.

- Besides the regulars, Caleb King, Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe, Josh Murray, and Derek Rich were all wearing green non-contact jerseys.

- Also of note, T.J. Stripling – one of Georgia’s prized signees for the fall – was at practice today, and physically he looks like he could play right now, which is a good thing for Georgia because Robinson’s dismissal is likely going to force him on the field whether he’s ready or not.

Five Comfort Areas

As we hit the mid-way point of spring football practice, salve visit web here are five areas of solace for Georgia coaches this spring in my estimation.

1) A.J. Green – Simply put, Georgia’s got the top receiver in the country, and that has to have coach Richt and company feeling good about their offensive potential. Green is practically uncoverable – which Patrick Peterson found out last season – and is a guy that defenses constantly have to shade their coverages to. Georgia will have to get production from a second wide receiver – whether it’s Kris Durham, Tavarres King, or Marlon Brown – to make defenses pay for their coverage of Green, and Green should keep the tight ends with one-on-ones on linebackers. Rantavious Wooten’s progression at flanker could be key, as he brings a different type receiver to the offense of any of his counterparts. Whether anyone else steps up or not, entering a season with the top receiver in college football is never a bad feeling to have for a first-year starter at quarterback.

2) Offensive line – With five returning starters, all upperclassmen, that have all started two seasons or more, the offensive line looks to be a strength for Georgia this season. Of course it did last year as well, and it greatly underperformed in the first six games of the season before turning things around the final seven games. Nevertheless, whoever emerges as the starter at quarterback has to feel good about who is protecting them up front, with one of the nation’s top left tackles in Clint Boling – No. 2 in Mel Kiper’s recent rankings. Add in experienced guards in Chris Davis and Cordy Glenn, and one of the conference’s premier centers in Ben Jones, and you have to think that the Georgia offensive line will be one of the stronger units in the conference – if not the strongest. And if Trinton Sturdivant can come back healthy, the Georgia offensive line will really have some depth and talent. I think it says a lot about what the coaches think of the offensive line with moving Justin Anderson to defense, who started five games on the offensive line last season. But can they stay healthy and will they be able to overcome the inconsistencies that bit them last season and run the ball effectively all season?

3) Tight ends – Orson Charles and Aron White should form one of the top tight end units in the nation, and Charles could emerge as one of the top tight ends in the nation after a promising freshman campaign. And Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins, who sat out all of last year, provide your more prototypical tight ends, and both are solid blockers. The wide receiver group is lethally thin, and the tight end group will have to relieve some of the pressure from that unit. To relieve some of that burden, Georgia coaches have been flexing Charles and White out of two-tight sets to put pressure on picking up the additional receivers out of a base defense, and few linebackers can hang with White and Charles in coverage. But will their blocking improve to the point where they can be relied on in the run game?

4) Blair Walsh and Drew Butler – The coaching staff will have few concerns about the kicking game this spring or fall. WIth Walsh, a nominee for the Lou Groza Award last season, and Butler, winner of the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter, Georgia has perhaps the two premier kicking specialists at their position, and if coach Warren Belin can solve Georgia’s kickoff coverage woes, it’s impossible not to look at Georgia’s special teams units as one of the best in the nation.

5) Justin Houston – In Houston, Georgia should have one of the premier pass rushers in the conference next season, terrorizing backfields in Todd Grantham’s new 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker. Houston showed last season what he was capable of with 7.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, in only 10 games of action after sitting out the first three games due to a suspension. Houston will need Cornelius Washington to produce opposite of him to relieve some of the attention he receives.

Tuesday (3-30) Practice Report

As we hit the mid-way point of spring football practice, salve visit web here are five areas of solace for Georgia coaches this spring in my estimation.

1) A.J. Green – Simply put, Georgia’s got the top receiver in the country, and that has to have coach Richt and company feeling good about their offensive potential. Green is practically uncoverable – which Patrick Peterson found out last season – and is a guy that defenses constantly have to shade their coverages to. Georgia will have to get production from a second wide receiver – whether it’s Kris Durham, Tavarres King, or Marlon Brown – to make defenses pay for their coverage of Green, and Green should keep the tight ends with one-on-ones on linebackers. Rantavious Wooten’s progression at flanker could be key, as he brings a different type receiver to the offense of any of his counterparts. Whether anyone else steps up or not, entering a season with the top receiver in college football is never a bad feeling to have for a first-year starter at quarterback.

2) Offensive line – With five returning starters, all upperclassmen, that have all started two seasons or more, the offensive line looks to be a strength for Georgia this season. Of course it did last year as well, and it greatly underperformed in the first six games of the season before turning things around the final seven games. Nevertheless, whoever emerges as the starter at quarterback has to feel good about who is protecting them up front, with one of the nation’s top left tackles in Clint Boling – No. 2 in Mel Kiper’s recent rankings. Add in experienced guards in Chris Davis and Cordy Glenn, and one of the conference’s premier centers in Ben Jones, and you have to think that the Georgia offensive line will be one of the stronger units in the conference – if not the strongest. And if Trinton Sturdivant can come back healthy, the Georgia offensive line will really have some depth and talent. I think it says a lot about what the coaches think of the offensive line with moving Justin Anderson to defense, who started five games on the offensive line last season. But can they stay healthy and will they be able to overcome the inconsistencies that bit them last season and run the ball effectively all season?

3) Tight ends – Orson Charles and Aron White should form one of the top tight end units in the nation, and Charles could emerge as one of the top tight ends in the nation after a promising freshman campaign. And Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins, who sat out all of last year, provide your more prototypical tight ends, and both are solid blockers. The wide receiver group is lethally thin, and the tight end group will have to relieve some of the pressure from that unit. To relieve some of that burden, Georgia coaches have been flexing Charles and White out of two-tight sets to put pressure on picking up the additional receivers out of a base defense, and few linebackers can hang with White and Charles in coverage. But will their blocking improve to the point where they can be relied on in the run game?

4) Blair Walsh and Drew Butler – The coaching staff will have few concerns about the kicking game this spring or fall. WIth Walsh, a nominee for the Lou Groza Award last season, and Butler, winner of the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter, Georgia has perhaps the two premier kicking specialists at their position, and if coach Warren Belin can solve Georgia’s kickoff coverage woes, it’s impossible not to look at Georgia’s special teams units as one of the best in the nation.

5) Justin Houston – In Houston, Georgia should have one of the premier pass rushers in the conference next season, terrorizing backfields in Todd Grantham’s new 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker. Houston showed last season what he was capable of with 7.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, in only 10 games of action after sitting out the first three games due to a suspension. Houston will need Cornelius Washington to produce opposite of him to relieve some of the attention he receives.

Red-shirt sophomore A.J. Harmon, meningitis who had been receiving reps with the second team at left tackle, will be out for the remainder of the spring after suffering a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s scrimmage. Harmon’s injury continues a string of injuries for the offensive line, which now will have Harmon, Trinton Sturdivant, Tanner Strickland, and Austin Long all sitting on the sidelines with injuries this spring.
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Red-shirt sophomore A.J. Harmon, sildenafil who had been receiving reps with the second team at left tackle, traumatologist will be out for the remainder of the spring after suffering a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s scrimmage. Harmon’s injury continues a string of injuries for the offensive line, which now will have Harmon, Trinton Sturdivant, Tanner Strickland, and Austin Long all sitting on the sidelines with injuries this spring.
After watching the 20 minutes the media is allowed to witness of practice on Tuesday, phlebologist a couple of notes stand out.

- Justin Houston was out of green and back on the practice field Tuesday after sitting out Saturday’s scrimmage.

- Receivers were working on catching the ball over their shoulder, food and footwork. Marlon Brown was once again in a limited contact green jersey, practitioner while he nurses a bruised shoulder, but Israel Troupe was back out there today.

- Chase Vasser and Mike Gilliard were also in green along with the usual green regulars this spring – Trinton Sturdivant, Justin Anderson, Tanner Strickland, etc.

- Quarterbacks were being ran through footwork drills by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, forcing them to drop back and shuffle their feet around and between a couple pads before finishing the drill by looking up and completing a short throw.

- The secondary was working on their drops in coverage with defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos. They then split off and the safeties were working with graduate assistant Todd Hartley on finding the ball in the air when coming out of their drops. Hartley was making this particularly difficult on them with off-the-mark passes. I will say I was impressed with the fluidity at which Jakar Hamilton moves in the secondary.

A.J. Harmon Out for Spring

As we hit the mid-way point of spring football practice, salve visit web here are five areas of solace for Georgia coaches this spring in my estimation.

1) A.J. Green – Simply put, Georgia’s got the top receiver in the country, and that has to have coach Richt and company feeling good about their offensive potential. Green is practically uncoverable – which Patrick Peterson found out last season – and is a guy that defenses constantly have to shade their coverages to. Georgia will have to get production from a second wide receiver – whether it’s Kris Durham, Tavarres King, or Marlon Brown – to make defenses pay for their coverage of Green, and Green should keep the tight ends with one-on-ones on linebackers. Rantavious Wooten’s progression at flanker could be key, as he brings a different type receiver to the offense of any of his counterparts. Whether anyone else steps up or not, entering a season with the top receiver in college football is never a bad feeling to have for a first-year starter at quarterback.

2) Offensive line – With five returning starters, all upperclassmen, that have all started two seasons or more, the offensive line looks to be a strength for Georgia this season. Of course it did last year as well, and it greatly underperformed in the first six games of the season before turning things around the final seven games. Nevertheless, whoever emerges as the starter at quarterback has to feel good about who is protecting them up front, with one of the nation’s top left tackles in Clint Boling – No. 2 in Mel Kiper’s recent rankings. Add in experienced guards in Chris Davis and Cordy Glenn, and one of the conference’s premier centers in Ben Jones, and you have to think that the Georgia offensive line will be one of the stronger units in the conference – if not the strongest. And if Trinton Sturdivant can come back healthy, the Georgia offensive line will really have some depth and talent. I think it says a lot about what the coaches think of the offensive line with moving Justin Anderson to defense, who started five games on the offensive line last season. But can they stay healthy and will they be able to overcome the inconsistencies that bit them last season and run the ball effectively all season?

3) Tight ends – Orson Charles and Aron White should form one of the top tight end units in the nation, and Charles could emerge as one of the top tight ends in the nation after a promising freshman campaign. And Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins, who sat out all of last year, provide your more prototypical tight ends, and both are solid blockers. The wide receiver group is lethally thin, and the tight end group will have to relieve some of the pressure from that unit. To relieve some of that burden, Georgia coaches have been flexing Charles and White out of two-tight sets to put pressure on picking up the additional receivers out of a base defense, and few linebackers can hang with White and Charles in coverage. But will their blocking improve to the point where they can be relied on in the run game?

4) Blair Walsh and Drew Butler – The coaching staff will have few concerns about the kicking game this spring or fall. WIth Walsh, a nominee for the Lou Groza Award last season, and Butler, winner of the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter, Georgia has perhaps the two premier kicking specialists at their position, and if coach Warren Belin can solve Georgia’s kickoff coverage woes, it’s impossible not to look at Georgia’s special teams units as one of the best in the nation.

5) Justin Houston – In Houston, Georgia should have one of the premier pass rushers in the conference next season, terrorizing backfields in Todd Grantham’s new 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker. Houston showed last season what he was capable of with 7.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, in only 10 games of action after sitting out the first three games due to a suspension. Houston will need Cornelius Washington to produce opposite of him to relieve some of the attention he receives.

Red-shirt sophomore A.J. Harmon, meningitis who had been receiving reps with the second team at left tackle, will be out for the remainder of the spring after suffering a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s scrimmage. Harmon’s injury continues a string of injuries for the offensive line, which now will have Harmon, Trinton Sturdivant, Tanner Strickland, and Austin Long all sitting on the sidelines with injuries this spring.

Saturday’s Scrimmage Stats

After being left at the altar by Da’Rick Rogers and Nickell Robey, angina more about as well as Deon Rogers a week before, viagra 40mg coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that he would be in favor of an early signing period in November, search as has been proposed – similar to college basketball – albeit if a few parameters are set.

“I would be for an early signing date if there was a stipulation that all of the early signees would not take official visits until after they signed with the school they knew they wanted to go to. If you had the early signing date somewhere in November as some people have suggested, then the whole recruiting calendar gets moved up. Before you know it every single weekend is a large recruiting weekend, official visit weekend. You are trying to coach a team and you are trying to recruit; it’s just very, very difficult to do. I think people would be pushing for legislation to have official visits in the summer. I really think we need to keep as much sanity in this thing as we can for the college coaches, the high school coaches and the players themselves and the families.”

But kids love being wined and dined on their five free vacations throughout the recruiting process.

But without an early signing period in place, and kids that change schools more frequently than they change girlfriends, staffs are forced to spend just as much time as they did getting that verbal commitment, maintaining that commitment, constantly on the defensive of schools who can use negative recruiting against them because they have a single focus to go against. Richt said he can’t blame other coaches for going after his commitments, and he does the same. If a kid isn’t 100% certain, they’ll keep recruiting them. And that showed in Wednesday’s class with the signature of Kenarious Gates, who was a Kentucky commit until switching to Georgia when the coaches offered him Monday.

“Lets say a kid commits to a school, we’ll talk to him. First thing I want to know is, is he certain? Is he 100% sure? And if we feel like that kid is not 100% certain, then we’ll continue to recruit him, and I think everybody does that. If you think a kid is solid and you’re wasting your time, then you don’t want to do that, but the thing of it is sometimes kids make these decisions based on emotion; sometimes they make it before they’ve seen the big picture,” Richt said. “When they’re not certain of what they’re going to do, then we’re going to continue to recruit them, and I think you have to.”

Georgia took advantage of a change in heart themselves, convincing offensive tackle Kenarious Gates to switch his commitment from Kentucky to Georgia with a late offer on Monday. Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner blames the society we live in for how often kids change their verbal commitments.

“Well, I think it’s just indicative of society period. So I think you’re going to have more indecision than what you used to have in the 80s, early 90s. That’s just our culture, and I think whether you like it or not, it’s just part of it and you’re dealing with 18 or 19-year-olds. They’re going to change their minds, so what you do is just continue to try to build relationships and make sure they see what an asset they are to your program and your program can benefit from them more than another program. You win some and you lose some and that’s part of the process.”

Early enrollee Jakar Hamilton understood players indecision but says once you give your word, that word shouldn’t be broken – no matter the circumstances – and he’d know. He showed up to Georgia with no idea as to who his position coach or defensive coordinator would be.

“Coach Martinez left before I got here, and I could have easily said, “Nah, I’ll go to Alabama, but I gave coach Mark Richt my word, and I looked him straight in the eye and told him I was committed,” Hamilton said. “And I wanted him to see that I’m a humble, trustworthy person because I kept my word. So with that, we’re hurting, but we’ve still got a bunch of good receivers – AJ Green, Marlon Brown, Troupe, Wooten, King – so we’ll work with who we have, work hard and come out ready to play.”

After fellow safety Bacarri Rambo posted a comment on facebook with some particularly pointed comments about looking forward to “knocking the fire from” a certain Tennessee commitment over the middle next season, Hamilton echoed those sentiments, saying that there were a lot of guys on the team hoping for a shot at Rogers.

“It’s going to happen. They got to come here and it’s going to happen regardless – especially if he’s going to play right off the bat. And I hope he’s ready for it because there’s going to be a lot of people on the hit for him on this team.”

- This quote from Richt, more than any other, should get Georgia fans excited:

“I think it has certainly given me a lot more resolve to really continue just to get this program where it belongs. This past season I know was a disappointment for a lot of people. I don’t expect our Bulldog fans to be excited about an 8-5 season. Now, a lot of people would say that’s not that bad a year – it’s a winnign season and that type of thing. But in the time that we’ve been here, everybody was getting used to 10-win seasons and top-10 finishes and winning the eastern Division and being in position to finish as high as No. 2, No. 3, being in position to play for the SEC Championship. and that’s what we aspire to do.

“That’s what we expect to do, and we have everything that we need to get that done. So I think there’s a very positive buzz in our Butts Mehre Building. I think – even within the coaching staff – within our players I know that theres a great amount of excitement about what the future holds and the only thing I’m going to really try to predict is how hard we play and how disciplined we play and those are the things we’ve got to control as a coaching staff and as a group of players. And I think the results will take care of themselves after that point.”

Richt believes – like the spread offense did – that the 3-4 is going to spread to more and more schools and says he knows he made the right choice.

“I really believe that most nfl teams and a lot of college teams are moving towards this trend, so were really closer to the front end of this trend than the back end of it.”

- Hamilton talked about meeting Grantham and Lakatos saying: “It was real exciting. Knowing coach Grantham’s been in the league for 11 years means we have a coach on defense that knows what NFL coaches are going to expect out of the players and coach Lakatos came in and told us “coaches coach and players play,” and he really seems like a straight up guy and I’m just trying to do as much as I can to become a better playmaker.”

- Richt openly admitted in the press conference that they wished they had gotten a couple more at wide receiver for depth and that the lack of depth there was concerning to him. Richt said one reason the dearth in depth didn’t worry him as much was how deep Georgia is at tight end, lessening their reliance and alleviating some of the burden.

I asked wide receivers coach Tony Ball if the strength of that position heading into next year was a deterrent to their recruiting with kids looking for early playing time. He didn’t seem to think it played any factor, affirming that all of these kids think they can play, no matter who is in front of them.

“No because you’re going to recruit the best players,” Ball said. “And as long as you’re recruiting the best players, the best players feel that they can come in and play and those are the kind of kids that you want in your program – those that athletically can come in and help the program win and feel they can come in and help your program win.”

Ball also talked about wide receiver Michael Bennett: “Michael is a tall, rangy kid that can run. He’s athletic and comes from a program that threw the ball quite a bit, so he’s got a good working knowledge of the receiver position, got a chance to catch a lot of balls, so his passing skills are going to be solid – his knowledge base in the passing game because of what they did in high school will be very valuable to him. So when you look at all those variables, you’ve got to be excited about having a quality player in Michael Bennett.”

He’s not part of the recruiting class, but Georgia will add Kris Durham back to the rotation for spring practice, which begins March 4th by the way.

“Well, he will be by the time were playing. I don’t think there are any limitations right now,” Richt said of Durham’s recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to redshirt. “He’s doing our offseason program full speed. He was running routes, catching balls and doing pass skeleton drills during the latter end of the season and certainly during the bowl practice, and I think Kris will be no limitations throughout spring ball.”

- The nose tackle is often said to be the most important position in the 3-4 scheme. But the nose tackle can vary in size from a smaller undersized version like Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys at 300 pounds to massive spaceeaters in the mid-350s like Gilbert Brown, Vince Wilfork or Terrence Cody. So Todd Grantham discussed his ideal fit for the nose tackle that he will be looking for going forward.

“Well prototypically, I think any time you can get guys with initial quickness and suddenness. I’ve seen guys in the 6-foot-1 range that you would say ‘hey, can that guy play?’ And all the sudden, you look at his initial quickness and ability to run and you say “yeah,” Grantham said. “So I don’t think you box it in to a certain measurable, so I think you look more at his initial quickness and his suddenness, his ability to run. Up front the most important thing is the ability to play with your hands. You’ve got to work to come out of your hips and deliver a blow and strike a a guy and as you do that, you’ve got ot play with your hands. As a defensive guy, the offensive guy’s going to hold you if you play with your hands and get separation, so I think those are the things were going to work on as we look forward to the spring.”

- Richt commented that high school players are coming in more developed and more prepared than ever before, crediting that to the high school coaches of the state and the emphasis on year-round training.

- According to Rodney Garner, the SEC rule states that you can’t sign more than 28 in a class. For every one player you sign over that 28 limit, your limit the next season is cut by two. Richt says the rule was put in place to stop coaches from signing numerous kids that were going to go to prep school or junior college just to get a head start on them later.

- The long awaited move of Richard Samuel to linebacker was officially confirmed by Mark Richt on Wednesday

- Grantham also said that the plan remains to sign an outside linebackers coach, instead of full-time special teams coach in filling the final vacancy on the Georgia coaching staff.

- Richt also confirmed that Logan Gray will indeed start spring practice at quarterback, saying “the last I heard is that’s exactly what he plans on doing, but I can’t sit here and say that he might not spend some time trying to do a couple of [other positions] but quarterback is what he plans on right now.”

- Lakatos said he foresees Ogletree playing safety, despite scout.com listing him as an outside linebacker due to concerns that he may outgrow the safety position.

- Rumors that Dat Nguyen – a former Cowboy – might be a candidate for Georgia’s inside linebacker coaching position are just that – rumors – according to Grantham, saying that he hasn’t talked to Dat, nor does he know what his plans are.

- Georgia is at 84 in the scholarship count, one below the NCAA limit of 85, according to Garner.

- Richt said he took a look at pictures of every player from the time they got to Georgia to now, so the rumors of him taking a hard look at the strength and condition program were apparently true.

- Recruiting is often about promises made from coaches to players, with nearly every coach ensuring a certain amount of playing time in hopes of luring them to their school. Richt doesn’t believe in that practice.

“Our policy has always been to be very straight forward from the very beginning. Don’t say something that won’t come true at the end. I don’t want to say something to get a guy to come to Georgia and when he shows up, he finds out its different than what we represented and he feels betrayed or lied to. We’ve never done that, and we don’t want to start doing that now because trust is really the only thing we have to hold us together I believe.”

- Also, Lonnie Outlaw of Wilcox, Ga., was a late signee at wide receiver. I can already hear the commentators, “O, he’s a dangerous in the open field.” “He’s being an outlaw against that Georgia Tech defense tonight.” Georgia better hope he performs like an outlaw – or just better than his two-star ranking, possessing no other offers. Interestingly, though, he’s the high school teammate and top target this season of one of Georgia’s chief targets in the class of 2011 – quarterback Nick Marshall at Rochelle County, the highly rated dual threat quarterback and basketball star that coach Mark Fox also wants badly.

From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, more info linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, sick has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family,” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? He has special teams coordinating experience.
From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, store linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, pregnancy has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family, and ” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? he has special teams coordinating experience.
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, more about Demarcus Dobbs, and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

Grantham on how the talent fits the scheme:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, pill Demarcus Dobbs, pilule and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, adiposity Demarcus Dobbs, geriatrician and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, sick Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, order and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, pharm ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, recuperation he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds

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We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, herbal Demarcus Dobbs, medications and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, price Demarcus Dobbs, more about and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, rx Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, disinfection Demarcus Dobbs, web and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, case Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, glands Demarcus Dobbs, bronchitis and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, viagra Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.

- Abry Jones, approved Demarcus Dobbs, erectile and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.

- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.

- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.

- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.

- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, anabolics and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, salve ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds
Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, price who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, here facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”

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Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, tablets who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, youth health facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, medic the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, price with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, order while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.

- Fred Munzenmaier and Jeremy Longo were the only Bulldogs in green jerseys.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, apoplexy the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception. G

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, treatment the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, seek with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, recipe and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, pulmonologist and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger that he had read – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. All Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. And the fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. So I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, prescription and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. So all Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. The fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”
Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, order wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, and he injured his shoulder in Saturday’s practice, which could be the reason for his absence, and Caleb King was also noticeably absent from practice. Anyways, hoping to get an answer from Richt on why both were missing after practice is complete.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, treatment wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime they didn’t do it exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “you guys are going to do it my ways fellas, not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, visit wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime they didn’t do it exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “you guys are going to do it my ways fellas, not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, viagra approved wide receiver Israel Troupe, information pills and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, this site Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today,an so hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, story wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, hemorrhoids wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, so hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, breast wide receiver Israel Troupe, resuscitation and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, refractionist Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, so hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, purchase wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, and he injured his shoulder in Saturday’s practice, which could be the reason for his absence. Anyways, hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Practice was in Sanford Stadium today, sales as the media got to view about 20 minutes. Below are some quick notes.

- Practicing in green jerseys today were Marlon Brown, view Israel Troupe, Chase Vasser, Mike Gilliard, Fred Munzenmaier, Austin Long, Trinton Sturdivant, and then walk-ons Cortney Newmans and Josh Murray were also in green.

- The first-team secondary remained the same with Boykin, Cuff, Nick Williams, and Bacarri Rambo taking the first-team reps.
The second-team secondary consisted of Jakar Hamilton, Quintin Banks, Sanders Commings, and Branden Smith.
The third went Jordan Love, Makiri Pugh, Shawn Williams, and walk-on Corey Dunson.

- Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent took all the first-team reps at the inside linebacker position with Dowtin and Richard Samuel consisting of the second team. Cornelius Washington and Justin Houston took first reps at outside linebacker. The defensive line was practicing all the way across the field, and I couldn’t gather who was the first-team unit there; although, Demarcus Dobbs told me Tuesday that the first was consisting of Dobbs, Abry Jones, and Kiante Tripp.

- Offensive line’s starting group remains the same as the one that ended last season, and Tavarres King has been lining up alongside A.J. Green so far.

- Hundreds of high school coaches lining the field today for Georgia’s annual Coaches Clinic.

- I watched the Georgia quarterbacks throw out patterns to the sidelines to wide receivers who were being unguarded, and the pace at which Murray and Mettenberger throw the ball is on another level from Logan Gray. He’s going to have a tough time overcoming that deficiency in this race.
Practice was in Sanford Stadium today, viagra sale as the media got to view about 20 minutes. Below are some quick notes.

- Practicing in green jerseys today were Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe, Chase Vasser, Mike Gilliard, Fred Munzenmaier, Austin Long, Trinton Sturdivant, and then walk-ons Cortney Newmans and Josh Murray were also in green.

The first-team secondary remained the same with Boykin, Cuff, Nick Williams, and Bacarri Rambo taking the first-team reps.
The second-team secondary consisted of Jakar Hamilton, Quintin Banks, Sanders Commings, and Branden Smith.
The third went Jordan Love, Makiri Pugh, Shawn Williams, and walk-on Corey Dunson.

Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent took all the first-team reps at the inside linebacker position with Dowtin and Richard Samuel consisting of the second team. Cornelius Washington and Justin Houston took first reps at outside linebacker. The defensive line was practicing all the way across the field, and I couldn’t gather who was the first-team unit there; although, Demarcus Dobbs told me Tuesday that the first was consisting of Dobbs, Abry Jones, and Kiante Tripp.

Offensive line’s starting group remains the same as the one that ended last season, and Tavarres King has been lining up alongside A.J. Green so far.

Hundreds of high school coaches lining the field today for Georgia’s annual Coaches Clinic.

I watched the Georgia quarterbacks throw out patterns to the sidelines to wide receivers who were being unguarded, and the pace at which Murray and Mettenberger throw the ball is on another level from Logan Gray. He’s going to have a tough time overcoming that deficiency in this race.
Here are the unofficial statistics from Georgia’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, practitioner according to head coach Mark Richt.

Aaron Murray 10-15, viagra 125 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, with the longest pass completion being 45 yards.
Zach Mettenberger 7-10, 157 yards, 1 TD, 2 sacks.
Logan Gray 6-14, 37 yards, 3 sacks.

Caleb King – 6 carries for 79 yards, with the long being 55 yards.
Washaun Ealey – 9 carries for 64 yards, with the long being a 23-yard run.
Carlton Thomas – 8 carries for 25 yards, long of 12.

The receiving stats Richt had were missing 12 completions, but he did say Rantavious Wooten had six catches for 146 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown reception, and A.J. Green also had a 40-yard touchdown catch.

Defense
Bacarri Rambo 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TFL
Blake Sailors 5 tackles, 1 pass breakup.
Shawn Williams 1 tackle, 1 INT, which he returned for a TD.
Darryl Gamble 3 tackles, 1 sack.
Jakar Hamilton 3 tackles, 1 pass breakup.
Marcus Downtin 3 tackles
Derrick Lott 3 tackles, 2 TFL

Notes from Thursday’s practice

After being left at the altar by Da’Rick Rogers and Nickell Robey, angina more about as well as Deon Rogers a week before, viagra 40mg coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that he would be in favor of an early signing period in November, search as has been proposed – similar to college basketball – albeit if a few parameters are set.

“I would be for an early signing date if there was a stipulation that all of the early signees would not take official visits until after they signed with the school they knew they wanted to go to. If you had the early signing date somewhere in November as some people have suggested, then the whole recruiting calendar gets moved up. Before you know it every single weekend is a large recruiting weekend, official visit weekend. You are trying to coach a team and you are trying to recruit; it’s just very, very difficult to do. I think people would be pushing for legislation to have official visits in the summer. I really think we need to keep as much sanity in this thing as we can for the college coaches, the high school coaches and the players themselves and the families.”

But kids love being wined and dined on their five free vacations throughout the recruiting process.

But without an early signing period in place, and kids that change schools more frequently than they change girlfriends, staffs are forced to spend just as much time as they did getting that verbal commitment, maintaining that commitment, constantly on the defensive of schools who can use negative recruiting against them because they have a single focus to go against. Richt said he can’t blame other coaches for going after his commitments, and he does the same. If a kid isn’t 100% certain, they’ll keep recruiting them. And that showed in Wednesday’s class with the signature of Kenarious Gates, who was a Kentucky commit until switching to Georgia when the coaches offered him Monday.

“Lets say a kid commits to a school, we’ll talk to him. First thing I want to know is, is he certain? Is he 100% sure? And if we feel like that kid is not 100% certain, then we’ll continue to recruit him, and I think everybody does that. If you think a kid is solid and you’re wasting your time, then you don’t want to do that, but the thing of it is sometimes kids make these decisions based on emotion; sometimes they make it before they’ve seen the big picture,” Richt said. “When they’re not certain of what they’re going to do, then we’re going to continue to recruit them, and I think you have to.”

Georgia took advantage of a change in heart themselves, convincing offensive tackle Kenarious Gates to switch his commitment from Kentucky to Georgia with a late offer on Monday. Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner blames the society we live in for how often kids change their verbal commitments.

“Well, I think it’s just indicative of society period. So I think you’re going to have more indecision than what you used to have in the 80s, early 90s. That’s just our culture, and I think whether you like it or not, it’s just part of it and you’re dealing with 18 or 19-year-olds. They’re going to change their minds, so what you do is just continue to try to build relationships and make sure they see what an asset they are to your program and your program can benefit from them more than another program. You win some and you lose some and that’s part of the process.”

Early enrollee Jakar Hamilton understood players indecision but says once you give your word, that word shouldn’t be broken – no matter the circumstances – and he’d know. He showed up to Georgia with no idea as to who his position coach or defensive coordinator would be.

“Coach Martinez left before I got here, and I could have easily said, “Nah, I’ll go to Alabama, but I gave coach Mark Richt my word, and I looked him straight in the eye and told him I was committed,” Hamilton said. “And I wanted him to see that I’m a humble, trustworthy person because I kept my word. So with that, we’re hurting, but we’ve still got a bunch of good receivers – AJ Green, Marlon Brown, Troupe, Wooten, King – so we’ll work with who we have, work hard and come out ready to play.”

After fellow safety Bacarri Rambo posted a comment on facebook with some particularly pointed comments about looking forward to “knocking the fire from” a certain Tennessee commitment over the middle next season, Hamilton echoed those sentiments, saying that there were a lot of guys on the team hoping for a shot at Rogers.

“It’s going to happen. They got to come here and it’s going to happen regardless – especially if he’s going to play right off the bat. And I hope he’s ready for it because there’s going to be a lot of people on the hit for him on this team.”

- This quote from Richt, more than any other, should get Georgia fans excited:

“I think it has certainly given me a lot more resolve to really continue just to get this program where it belongs. This past season I know was a disappointment for a lot of people. I don’t expect our Bulldog fans to be excited about an 8-5 season. Now, a lot of people would say that’s not that bad a year – it’s a winnign season and that type of thing. But in the time that we’ve been here, everybody was getting used to 10-win seasons and top-10 finishes and winning the eastern Division and being in position to finish as high as No. 2, No. 3, being in position to play for the SEC Championship. and that’s what we aspire to do.

“That’s what we expect to do, and we have everything that we need to get that done. So I think there’s a very positive buzz in our Butts Mehre Building. I think – even within the coaching staff – within our players I know that theres a great amount of excitement about what the future holds and the only thing I’m going to really try to predict is how hard we play and how disciplined we play and those are the things we’ve got to control as a coaching staff and as a group of players. And I think the results will take care of themselves after that point.”

Richt believes – like the spread offense did – that the 3-4 is going to spread to more and more schools and says he knows he made the right choice.

“I really believe that most nfl teams and a lot of college teams are moving towards this trend, so were really closer to the front end of this trend than the back end of it.”

- Hamilton talked about meeting Grantham and Lakatos saying: “It was real exciting. Knowing coach Grantham’s been in the league for 11 years means we have a coach on defense that knows what NFL coaches are going to expect out of the players and coach Lakatos came in and told us “coaches coach and players play,” and he really seems like a straight up guy and I’m just trying to do as much as I can to become a better playmaker.”

- Richt openly admitted in the press conference that they wished they had gotten a couple more at wide receiver for depth and that the lack of depth there was concerning to him. Richt said one reason the dearth in depth didn’t worry him as much was how deep Georgia is at tight end, lessening their reliance and alleviating some of the burden.

I asked wide receivers coach Tony Ball if the strength of that position heading into next year was a deterrent to their recruiting with kids looking for early playing time. He didn’t seem to think it played any factor, affirming that all of these kids think they can play, no matter who is in front of them.

“No because you’re going to recruit the best players,” Ball said. “And as long as you’re recruiting the best players, the best players feel that they can come in and play and those are the kind of kids that you want in your program – those that athletically can come in and help the program win and feel they can come in and help your program win.”

Ball also talked about wide receiver Michael Bennett: “Michael is a tall, rangy kid that can run. He’s athletic and comes from a program that threw the ball quite a bit, so he’s got a good working knowledge of the receiver position, got a chance to catch a lot of balls, so his passing skills are going to be solid – his knowledge base in the passing game because of what they did in high school will be very valuable to him. So when you look at all those variables, you’ve got to be excited about having a quality player in Michael Bennett.”

He’s not part of the recruiting class, but Georgia will add Kris Durham back to the rotation for spring practice, which begins March 4th by the way.

“Well, he will be by the time were playing. I don’t think there are any limitations right now,” Richt said of Durham’s recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to redshirt. “He’s doing our offseason program full speed. He was running routes, catching balls and doing pass skeleton drills during the latter end of the season and certainly during the bowl practice, and I think Kris will be no limitations throughout spring ball.”

- The nose tackle is often said to be the most important position in the 3-4 scheme. But the nose tackle can vary in size from a smaller undersized version like Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys at 300 pounds to massive spaceeaters in the mid-350s like Gilbert Brown, Vince Wilfork or Terrence Cody. So Todd Grantham discussed his ideal fit for the nose tackle that he will be looking for going forward.

“Well prototypically, I think any time you can get guys with initial quickness and suddenness. I’ve seen guys in the 6-foot-1 range that you would say ‘hey, can that guy play?’ And all the sudden, you look at his initial quickness and ability to run and you say “yeah,” Grantham said. “So I don’t think you box it in to a certain measurable, so I think you look more at his initial quickness and his suddenness, his ability to run. Up front the most important thing is the ability to play with your hands. You’ve got to work to come out of your hips and deliver a blow and strike a a guy and as you do that, you’ve got ot play with your hands. As a defensive guy, the offensive guy’s going to hold you if you play with your hands and get separation, so I think those are the things were going to work on as we look forward to the spring.”

- Richt commented that high school players are coming in more developed and more prepared than ever before, crediting that to the high school coaches of the state and the emphasis on year-round training.

- According to Rodney Garner, the SEC rule states that you can’t sign more than 28 in a class. For every one player you sign over that 28 limit, your limit the next season is cut by two. Richt says the rule was put in place to stop coaches from signing numerous kids that were going to go to prep school or junior college just to get a head start on them later.

- The long awaited move of Richard Samuel to linebacker was officially confirmed by Mark Richt on Wednesday

- Grantham also said that the plan remains to sign an outside linebackers coach, instead of full-time special teams coach in filling the final vacancy on the Georgia coaching staff.

- Richt also confirmed that Logan Gray will indeed start spring practice at quarterback, saying “the last I heard is that’s exactly what he plans on doing, but I can’t sit here and say that he might not spend some time trying to do a couple of [other positions] but quarterback is what he plans on right now.”

- Lakatos said he foresees Ogletree playing safety, despite scout.com listing him as an outside linebacker due to concerns that he may outgrow the safety position.

- Rumors that Dat Nguyen – a former Cowboy – might be a candidate for Georgia’s inside linebacker coaching position are just that – rumors – according to Grantham, saying that he hasn’t talked to Dat, nor does he know what his plans are.

- Georgia is at 84 in the scholarship count, one below the NCAA limit of 85, according to Garner.

- Richt said he took a look at pictures of every player from the time they got to Georgia to now, so the rumors of him taking a hard look at the strength and condition program were apparently true.

- Recruiting is often about promises made from coaches to players, with nearly every coach ensuring a certain amount of playing time in hopes of luring them to their school. Richt doesn’t believe in that practice.

“Our policy has always been to be very straight forward from the very beginning. Don’t say something that won’t come true at the end. I don’t want to say something to get a guy to come to Georgia and when he shows up, he finds out its different than what we represented and he feels betrayed or lied to. We’ve never done that, and we don’t want to start doing that now because trust is really the only thing we have to hold us together I believe.”

- Also, Lonnie Outlaw of Wilcox, Ga., was a late signee at wide receiver. I can already hear the commentators, “O, he’s a dangerous in the open field.” “He’s being an outlaw against that Georgia Tech defense tonight.” Georgia better hope he performs like an outlaw – or just better than his two-star ranking, possessing no other offers. Interestingly, though, he’s the high school teammate and top target this season of one of Georgia’s chief targets in the class of 2011 – quarterback Nick Marshall at Rochelle County, the highly rated dual threat quarterback and basketball star that coach Mark Fox also wants badly.

From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, more info linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, sick has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family,” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? He has special teams coordinating experience.
From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, store linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, pregnancy has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family, and ” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? he has special teams coordinating experience.
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, more about Demarcus Dobbs, and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

Grantham on how the talent fits the scheme:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, pill Demarcus Dobbs, pilule and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, adiposity Demarcus Dobbs, geriatrician and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, sick Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, order and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, pharm ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, recuperation he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds

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We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, herbal Demarcus Dobbs, medications and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, price Demarcus Dobbs, more about and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, rx Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, disinfection Demarcus Dobbs, web and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, case Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, glands Demarcus Dobbs, bronchitis and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, viagra Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.

- Abry Jones, approved Demarcus Dobbs, erectile and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.

- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.

- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.

- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.

- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, anabolics and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, salve ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds
Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, price who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, here facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”

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Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, tablets who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, youth health facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, medic the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, price with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, order while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.

- Fred Munzenmaier and Jeremy Longo were the only Bulldogs in green jerseys.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, apoplexy the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception. G

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, treatment the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, seek with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, recipe and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, pulmonologist and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger that he had read – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. All Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. And the fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. So I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, prescription and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. So all Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. The fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”
Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, order wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, and he injured his shoulder in Saturday’s practice, which could be the reason for his absence, and Caleb King was also noticeably absent from practice. Anyways, hoping to get an answer from Richt on why both were missing after practice is complete.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, treatment wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime they didn’t do it exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “you guys are going to do it my ways fellas, not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, visit wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime they didn’t do it exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “you guys are going to do it my ways fellas, not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, viagra approved wide receiver Israel Troupe, information pills and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, this site Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today,an so hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, story wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, hemorrhoids wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, so hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, breast wide receiver Israel Troupe, resuscitation and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, refractionist Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, so hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, purchase wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, and he injured his shoulder in Saturday’s practice, which could be the reason for his absence. Anyways, hoping to get an answer from Richt on why after practice.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Practice was in Sanford Stadium today, sales as the media got to view about 20 minutes. Below are some quick notes.

- Practicing in green jerseys today were Marlon Brown, view Israel Troupe, Chase Vasser, Mike Gilliard, Fred Munzenmaier, Austin Long, Trinton Sturdivant, and then walk-ons Cortney Newmans and Josh Murray were also in green.

- The first-team secondary remained the same with Boykin, Cuff, Nick Williams, and Bacarri Rambo taking the first-team reps.
The second-team secondary consisted of Jakar Hamilton, Quintin Banks, Sanders Commings, and Branden Smith.
The third went Jordan Love, Makiri Pugh, Shawn Williams, and walk-on Corey Dunson.

- Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent took all the first-team reps at the inside linebacker position with Dowtin and Richard Samuel consisting of the second team. Cornelius Washington and Justin Houston took first reps at outside linebacker. The defensive line was practicing all the way across the field, and I couldn’t gather who was the first-team unit there; although, Demarcus Dobbs told me Tuesday that the first was consisting of Dobbs, Abry Jones, and Kiante Tripp.

- Offensive line’s starting group remains the same as the one that ended last season, and Tavarres King has been lining up alongside A.J. Green so far.

- Hundreds of high school coaches lining the field today for Georgia’s annual Coaches Clinic.

- I watched the Georgia quarterbacks throw out patterns to the sidelines to wide receivers who were being unguarded, and the pace at which Murray and Mettenberger throw the ball is on another level from Logan Gray. He’s going to have a tough time overcoming that deficiency in this race.

Tuesday practice notes

After being left at the altar by Da’Rick Rogers and Nickell Robey, angina more about as well as Deon Rogers a week before, viagra 40mg coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that he would be in favor of an early signing period in November, search as has been proposed – similar to college basketball – albeit if a few parameters are set.

“I would be for an early signing date if there was a stipulation that all of the early signees would not take official visits until after they signed with the school they knew they wanted to go to. If you had the early signing date somewhere in November as some people have suggested, then the whole recruiting calendar gets moved up. Before you know it every single weekend is a large recruiting weekend, official visit weekend. You are trying to coach a team and you are trying to recruit; it’s just very, very difficult to do. I think people would be pushing for legislation to have official visits in the summer. I really think we need to keep as much sanity in this thing as we can for the college coaches, the high school coaches and the players themselves and the families.”

But kids love being wined and dined on their five free vacations throughout the recruiting process.

But without an early signing period in place, and kids that change schools more frequently than they change girlfriends, staffs are forced to spend just as much time as they did getting that verbal commitment, maintaining that commitment, constantly on the defensive of schools who can use negative recruiting against them because they have a single focus to go against. Richt said he can’t blame other coaches for going after his commitments, and he does the same. If a kid isn’t 100% certain, they’ll keep recruiting them. And that showed in Wednesday’s class with the signature of Kenarious Gates, who was a Kentucky commit until switching to Georgia when the coaches offered him Monday.

“Lets say a kid commits to a school, we’ll talk to him. First thing I want to know is, is he certain? Is he 100% sure? And if we feel like that kid is not 100% certain, then we’ll continue to recruit him, and I think everybody does that. If you think a kid is solid and you’re wasting your time, then you don’t want to do that, but the thing of it is sometimes kids make these decisions based on emotion; sometimes they make it before they’ve seen the big picture,” Richt said. “When they’re not certain of what they’re going to do, then we’re going to continue to recruit them, and I think you have to.”

Georgia took advantage of a change in heart themselves, convincing offensive tackle Kenarious Gates to switch his commitment from Kentucky to Georgia with a late offer on Monday. Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner blames the society we live in for how often kids change their verbal commitments.

“Well, I think it’s just indicative of society period. So I think you’re going to have more indecision than what you used to have in the 80s, early 90s. That’s just our culture, and I think whether you like it or not, it’s just part of it and you’re dealing with 18 or 19-year-olds. They’re going to change their minds, so what you do is just continue to try to build relationships and make sure they see what an asset they are to your program and your program can benefit from them more than another program. You win some and you lose some and that’s part of the process.”

Early enrollee Jakar Hamilton understood players indecision but says once you give your word, that word shouldn’t be broken – no matter the circumstances – and he’d know. He showed up to Georgia with no idea as to who his position coach or defensive coordinator would be.

“Coach Martinez left before I got here, and I could have easily said, “Nah, I’ll go to Alabama, but I gave coach Mark Richt my word, and I looked him straight in the eye and told him I was committed,” Hamilton said. “And I wanted him to see that I’m a humble, trustworthy person because I kept my word. So with that, we’re hurting, but we’ve still got a bunch of good receivers – AJ Green, Marlon Brown, Troupe, Wooten, King – so we’ll work with who we have, work hard and come out ready to play.”

After fellow safety Bacarri Rambo posted a comment on facebook with some particularly pointed comments about looking forward to “knocking the fire from” a certain Tennessee commitment over the middle next season, Hamilton echoed those sentiments, saying that there were a lot of guys on the team hoping for a shot at Rogers.

“It’s going to happen. They got to come here and it’s going to happen regardless – especially if he’s going to play right off the bat. And I hope he’s ready for it because there’s going to be a lot of people on the hit for him on this team.”

- This quote from Richt, more than any other, should get Georgia fans excited:

“I think it has certainly given me a lot more resolve to really continue just to get this program where it belongs. This past season I know was a disappointment for a lot of people. I don’t expect our Bulldog fans to be excited about an 8-5 season. Now, a lot of people would say that’s not that bad a year – it’s a winnign season and that type of thing. But in the time that we’ve been here, everybody was getting used to 10-win seasons and top-10 finishes and winning the eastern Division and being in position to finish as high as No. 2, No. 3, being in position to play for the SEC Championship. and that’s what we aspire to do.

“That’s what we expect to do, and we have everything that we need to get that done. So I think there’s a very positive buzz in our Butts Mehre Building. I think – even within the coaching staff – within our players I know that theres a great amount of excitement about what the future holds and the only thing I’m going to really try to predict is how hard we play and how disciplined we play and those are the things we’ve got to control as a coaching staff and as a group of players. And I think the results will take care of themselves after that point.”

Richt believes – like the spread offense did – that the 3-4 is going to spread to more and more schools and says he knows he made the right choice.

“I really believe that most nfl teams and a lot of college teams are moving towards this trend, so were really closer to the front end of this trend than the back end of it.”

- Hamilton talked about meeting Grantham and Lakatos saying: “It was real exciting. Knowing coach Grantham’s been in the league for 11 years means we have a coach on defense that knows what NFL coaches are going to expect out of the players and coach Lakatos came in and told us “coaches coach and players play,” and he really seems like a straight up guy and I’m just trying to do as much as I can to become a better playmaker.”

- Richt openly admitted in the press conference that they wished they had gotten a couple more at wide receiver for depth and that the lack of depth there was concerning to him. Richt said one reason the dearth in depth didn’t worry him as much was how deep Georgia is at tight end, lessening their reliance and alleviating some of the burden.

I asked wide receivers coach Tony Ball if the strength of that position heading into next year was a deterrent to their recruiting with kids looking for early playing time. He didn’t seem to think it played any factor, affirming that all of these kids think they can play, no matter who is in front of them.

“No because you’re going to recruit the best players,” Ball said. “And as long as you’re recruiting the best players, the best players feel that they can come in and play and those are the kind of kids that you want in your program – those that athletically can come in and help the program win and feel they can come in and help your program win.”

Ball also talked about wide receiver Michael Bennett: “Michael is a tall, rangy kid that can run. He’s athletic and comes from a program that threw the ball quite a bit, so he’s got a good working knowledge of the receiver position, got a chance to catch a lot of balls, so his passing skills are going to be solid – his knowledge base in the passing game because of what they did in high school will be very valuable to him. So when you look at all those variables, you’ve got to be excited about having a quality player in Michael Bennett.”

He’s not part of the recruiting class, but Georgia will add Kris Durham back to the rotation for spring practice, which begins March 4th by the way.

“Well, he will be by the time were playing. I don’t think there are any limitations right now,” Richt said of Durham’s recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to redshirt. “He’s doing our offseason program full speed. He was running routes, catching balls and doing pass skeleton drills during the latter end of the season and certainly during the bowl practice, and I think Kris will be no limitations throughout spring ball.”

- The nose tackle is often said to be the most important position in the 3-4 scheme. But the nose tackle can vary in size from a smaller undersized version like Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys at 300 pounds to massive spaceeaters in the mid-350s like Gilbert Brown, Vince Wilfork or Terrence Cody. So Todd Grantham discussed his ideal fit for the nose tackle that he will be looking for going forward.

“Well prototypically, I think any time you can get guys with initial quickness and suddenness. I’ve seen guys in the 6-foot-1 range that you would say ‘hey, can that guy play?’ And all the sudden, you look at his initial quickness and ability to run and you say “yeah,” Grantham said. “So I don’t think you box it in to a certain measurable, so I think you look more at his initial quickness and his suddenness, his ability to run. Up front the most important thing is the ability to play with your hands. You’ve got to work to come out of your hips and deliver a blow and strike a a guy and as you do that, you’ve got ot play with your hands. As a defensive guy, the offensive guy’s going to hold you if you play with your hands and get separation, so I think those are the things were going to work on as we look forward to the spring.”

- Richt commented that high school players are coming in more developed and more prepared than ever before, crediting that to the high school coaches of the state and the emphasis on year-round training.

- According to Rodney Garner, the SEC rule states that you can’t sign more than 28 in a class. For every one player you sign over that 28 limit, your limit the next season is cut by two. Richt says the rule was put in place to stop coaches from signing numerous kids that were going to go to prep school or junior college just to get a head start on them later.

- The long awaited move of Richard Samuel to linebacker was officially confirmed by Mark Richt on Wednesday

- Grantham also said that the plan remains to sign an outside linebackers coach, instead of full-time special teams coach in filling the final vacancy on the Georgia coaching staff.

- Richt also confirmed that Logan Gray will indeed start spring practice at quarterback, saying “the last I heard is that’s exactly what he plans on doing, but I can’t sit here and say that he might not spend some time trying to do a couple of [other positions] but quarterback is what he plans on right now.”

- Lakatos said he foresees Ogletree playing safety, despite scout.com listing him as an outside linebacker due to concerns that he may outgrow the safety position.

- Rumors that Dat Nguyen – a former Cowboy – might be a candidate for Georgia’s inside linebacker coaching position are just that – rumors – according to Grantham, saying that he hasn’t talked to Dat, nor does he know what his plans are.

- Georgia is at 84 in the scholarship count, one below the NCAA limit of 85, according to Garner.

- Richt said he took a look at pictures of every player from the time they got to Georgia to now, so the rumors of him taking a hard look at the strength and condition program were apparently true.

- Recruiting is often about promises made from coaches to players, with nearly every coach ensuring a certain amount of playing time in hopes of luring them to their school. Richt doesn’t believe in that practice.

“Our policy has always been to be very straight forward from the very beginning. Don’t say something that won’t come true at the end. I don’t want to say something to get a guy to come to Georgia and when he shows up, he finds out its different than what we represented and he feels betrayed or lied to. We’ve never done that, and we don’t want to start doing that now because trust is really the only thing we have to hold us together I believe.”

- Also, Lonnie Outlaw of Wilcox, Ga., was a late signee at wide receiver. I can already hear the commentators, “O, he’s a dangerous in the open field.” “He’s being an outlaw against that Georgia Tech defense tonight.” Georgia better hope he performs like an outlaw – or just better than his two-star ranking, possessing no other offers. Interestingly, though, he’s the high school teammate and top target this season of one of Georgia’s chief targets in the class of 2011 – quarterback Nick Marshall at Rochelle County, the highly rated dual threat quarterback and basketball star that coach Mark Fox also wants badly.

From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, more info linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, sick has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family,” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? He has special teams coordinating experience.
From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, store linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, pregnancy has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family, and ” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? he has special teams coordinating experience.
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, more about Demarcus Dobbs, and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

Grantham on how the talent fits the scheme:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, pill Demarcus Dobbs, pilule and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, adiposity Demarcus Dobbs, geriatrician and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, sick Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, order and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, pharm ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, recuperation he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds

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We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, herbal Demarcus Dobbs, medications and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, price Demarcus Dobbs, more about and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, rx Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, disinfection Demarcus Dobbs, web and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, case Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, glands Demarcus Dobbs, bronchitis and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, viagra Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.

- Abry Jones, approved Demarcus Dobbs, erectile and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.

- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.

- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.

- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.

- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, anabolics and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, salve ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds
Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, price who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, here facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”

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Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, tablets who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, youth health facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, medic the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, price with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, order while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.

- Fred Munzenmaier and Jeremy Longo were the only Bulldogs in green jerseys.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, apoplexy the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception. G

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, treatment the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, seek with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, recipe and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, pulmonologist and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger that he had read – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. All Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. And the fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. So I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, prescription and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. So all Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. The fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”
Just a couple of short notes from the limited viewing period – four five-minute periods – we were able to see today.

More green jerseys on the practice field today than at any other point so far this spring. The major contributors wearing green today were linebacker Akeem Dent, order wide receiver Israel Troupe, and fullbacks Charles White and Fred Munzenmaier; although, Munzenmaier and Dent participated in each of the four five-minute periods that we were able to see and didn’t appear “limited” at all. Also wearing green were walk-ons Josh Murray, Matt DeGenova, and Cortney Newmans.

Trinton Sturdivant was also in green, running around the practice fields on the sidelines, as he continues to rehab his knee. Sturdivant is expected to be back in time for fall camp, head coach Mark Richt said earlier this spring.

Little shake up in the secondary on Thursday, as linebacker-turned-safety Nick Williams was running with the first-team unit at safety, replacing Shawn Williams. Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, and Vance Cuff continued to run with the first-team unit. In fact, based off the drills we saw, Shawn Williams was running with the third-team unit. The second-team unit consisted of Quintin Banks, Makiri Pugh, Jordan Love, and Branden Smith. Shawn Williams and Jakar Hamilton appeared to be running with the third team based off the drills we were able to watch.

At inside linebacker, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble were always the first players up for reps. At one point, new inside linebackers coach Warren Belin got in Richard Samuel’s face after he didn’t complete a drill to his satisfaction, screaming “play football”.

Belin really seems to emphasize the fundamentals and made players do drills over anytime it wasn’t completed exactly to his satisfaction. After Marcus Dowtin didn’t complete a drill exactly to Belin’s liking, he told the linebackers: “You guys are going to do it my ways fellas. Not your way, my way.”

I only had the chance to watch quarterbacks for one drill, but in that drill, the tight ends and wide receivers were separated, running routes. Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray were throwing to the wide receivers, and Logan Gray was throwing to the tight ends. One of the main things I came away from these drills is just how fluid Orson Charles is at 240 pounds. Aaron Murray said after Saturday’s practice that Georgia was splitting Charles and Aron White out a lot so they could use their speed, and it’s easy to see why. Both Charles and White really moves like a wide receivers out there, and really compliment Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins well – both of whom are more of your prototypical, bigger tight ends. Georgia should be able to lean on their tight ends greatly this season, especially with the less than ideal depth at wide receiver. I didn’t see Marlon Brown out there with the wide receivers today, and he injured his shoulder in Saturday’s practice, which could be the reason for his absence, and Caleb King was also noticeably absent from practice. Anyways, hoping to get an answer from Richt on why both were missing after practice is complete.

The starting offensive line consisted of, as expected, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis.

The defensive line was working on the opposite side of the practice field, so didn’t get to witness much from them today.

Richt Thursday Practice Quotes

After being left at the altar by Da’Rick Rogers and Nickell Robey, angina more about as well as Deon Rogers a week before, viagra 40mg coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that he would be in favor of an early signing period in November, search as has been proposed – similar to college basketball – albeit if a few parameters are set.

“I would be for an early signing date if there was a stipulation that all of the early signees would not take official visits until after they signed with the school they knew they wanted to go to. If you had the early signing date somewhere in November as some people have suggested, then the whole recruiting calendar gets moved up. Before you know it every single weekend is a large recruiting weekend, official visit weekend. You are trying to coach a team and you are trying to recruit; it’s just very, very difficult to do. I think people would be pushing for legislation to have official visits in the summer. I really think we need to keep as much sanity in this thing as we can for the college coaches, the high school coaches and the players themselves and the families.”

But kids love being wined and dined on their five free vacations throughout the recruiting process.

But without an early signing period in place, and kids that change schools more frequently than they change girlfriends, staffs are forced to spend just as much time as they did getting that verbal commitment, maintaining that commitment, constantly on the defensive of schools who can use negative recruiting against them because they have a single focus to go against. Richt said he can’t blame other coaches for going after his commitments, and he does the same. If a kid isn’t 100% certain, they’ll keep recruiting them. And that showed in Wednesday’s class with the signature of Kenarious Gates, who was a Kentucky commit until switching to Georgia when the coaches offered him Monday.

“Lets say a kid commits to a school, we’ll talk to him. First thing I want to know is, is he certain? Is he 100% sure? And if we feel like that kid is not 100% certain, then we’ll continue to recruit him, and I think everybody does that. If you think a kid is solid and you’re wasting your time, then you don’t want to do that, but the thing of it is sometimes kids make these decisions based on emotion; sometimes they make it before they’ve seen the big picture,” Richt said. “When they’re not certain of what they’re going to do, then we’re going to continue to recruit them, and I think you have to.”

Georgia took advantage of a change in heart themselves, convincing offensive tackle Kenarious Gates to switch his commitment from Kentucky to Georgia with a late offer on Monday. Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner blames the society we live in for how often kids change their verbal commitments.

“Well, I think it’s just indicative of society period. So I think you’re going to have more indecision than what you used to have in the 80s, early 90s. That’s just our culture, and I think whether you like it or not, it’s just part of it and you’re dealing with 18 or 19-year-olds. They’re going to change their minds, so what you do is just continue to try to build relationships and make sure they see what an asset they are to your program and your program can benefit from them more than another program. You win some and you lose some and that’s part of the process.”

Early enrollee Jakar Hamilton understood players indecision but says once you give your word, that word shouldn’t be broken – no matter the circumstances – and he’d know. He showed up to Georgia with no idea as to who his position coach or defensive coordinator would be.

“Coach Martinez left before I got here, and I could have easily said, “Nah, I’ll go to Alabama, but I gave coach Mark Richt my word, and I looked him straight in the eye and told him I was committed,” Hamilton said. “And I wanted him to see that I’m a humble, trustworthy person because I kept my word. So with that, we’re hurting, but we’ve still got a bunch of good receivers – AJ Green, Marlon Brown, Troupe, Wooten, King – so we’ll work with who we have, work hard and come out ready to play.”

After fellow safety Bacarri Rambo posted a comment on facebook with some particularly pointed comments about looking forward to “knocking the fire from” a certain Tennessee commitment over the middle next season, Hamilton echoed those sentiments, saying that there were a lot of guys on the team hoping for a shot at Rogers.

“It’s going to happen. They got to come here and it’s going to happen regardless – especially if he’s going to play right off the bat. And I hope he’s ready for it because there’s going to be a lot of people on the hit for him on this team.”

- This quote from Richt, more than any other, should get Georgia fans excited:

“I think it has certainly given me a lot more resolve to really continue just to get this program where it belongs. This past season I know was a disappointment for a lot of people. I don’t expect our Bulldog fans to be excited about an 8-5 season. Now, a lot of people would say that’s not that bad a year – it’s a winnign season and that type of thing. But in the time that we’ve been here, everybody was getting used to 10-win seasons and top-10 finishes and winning the eastern Division and being in position to finish as high as No. 2, No. 3, being in position to play for the SEC Championship. and that’s what we aspire to do.

“That’s what we expect to do, and we have everything that we need to get that done. So I think there’s a very positive buzz in our Butts Mehre Building. I think – even within the coaching staff – within our players I know that theres a great amount of excitement about what the future holds and the only thing I’m going to really try to predict is how hard we play and how disciplined we play and those are the things we’ve got to control as a coaching staff and as a group of players. And I think the results will take care of themselves after that point.”

Richt believes – like the spread offense did – that the 3-4 is going to spread to more and more schools and says he knows he made the right choice.

“I really believe that most nfl teams and a lot of college teams are moving towards this trend, so were really closer to the front end of this trend than the back end of it.”

- Hamilton talked about meeting Grantham and Lakatos saying: “It was real exciting. Knowing coach Grantham’s been in the league for 11 years means we have a coach on defense that knows what NFL coaches are going to expect out of the players and coach Lakatos came in and told us “coaches coach and players play,” and he really seems like a straight up guy and I’m just trying to do as much as I can to become a better playmaker.”

- Richt openly admitted in the press conference that they wished they had gotten a couple more at wide receiver for depth and that the lack of depth there was concerning to him. Richt said one reason the dearth in depth didn’t worry him as much was how deep Georgia is at tight end, lessening their reliance and alleviating some of the burden.

I asked wide receivers coach Tony Ball if the strength of that position heading into next year was a deterrent to their recruiting with kids looking for early playing time. He didn’t seem to think it played any factor, affirming that all of these kids think they can play, no matter who is in front of them.

“No because you’re going to recruit the best players,” Ball said. “And as long as you’re recruiting the best players, the best players feel that they can come in and play and those are the kind of kids that you want in your program – those that athletically can come in and help the program win and feel they can come in and help your program win.”

Ball also talked about wide receiver Michael Bennett: “Michael is a tall, rangy kid that can run. He’s athletic and comes from a program that threw the ball quite a bit, so he’s got a good working knowledge of the receiver position, got a chance to catch a lot of balls, so his passing skills are going to be solid – his knowledge base in the passing game because of what they did in high school will be very valuable to him. So when you look at all those variables, you’ve got to be excited about having a quality player in Michael Bennett.”

He’s not part of the recruiting class, but Georgia will add Kris Durham back to the rotation for spring practice, which begins March 4th by the way.

“Well, he will be by the time were playing. I don’t think there are any limitations right now,” Richt said of Durham’s recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to redshirt. “He’s doing our offseason program full speed. He was running routes, catching balls and doing pass skeleton drills during the latter end of the season and certainly during the bowl practice, and I think Kris will be no limitations throughout spring ball.”

- The nose tackle is often said to be the most important position in the 3-4 scheme. But the nose tackle can vary in size from a smaller undersized version like Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys at 300 pounds to massive spaceeaters in the mid-350s like Gilbert Brown, Vince Wilfork or Terrence Cody. So Todd Grantham discussed his ideal fit for the nose tackle that he will be looking for going forward.

“Well prototypically, I think any time you can get guys with initial quickness and suddenness. I’ve seen guys in the 6-foot-1 range that you would say ‘hey, can that guy play?’ And all the sudden, you look at his initial quickness and ability to run and you say “yeah,” Grantham said. “So I don’t think you box it in to a certain measurable, so I think you look more at his initial quickness and his suddenness, his ability to run. Up front the most important thing is the ability to play with your hands. You’ve got to work to come out of your hips and deliver a blow and strike a a guy and as you do that, you’ve got ot play with your hands. As a defensive guy, the offensive guy’s going to hold you if you play with your hands and get separation, so I think those are the things were going to work on as we look forward to the spring.”

- Richt commented that high school players are coming in more developed and more prepared than ever before, crediting that to the high school coaches of the state and the emphasis on year-round training.

- According to Rodney Garner, the SEC rule states that you can’t sign more than 28 in a class. For every one player you sign over that 28 limit, your limit the next season is cut by two. Richt says the rule was put in place to stop coaches from signing numerous kids that were going to go to prep school or junior college just to get a head start on them later.

- The long awaited move of Richard Samuel to linebacker was officially confirmed by Mark Richt on Wednesday

- Grantham also said that the plan remains to sign an outside linebackers coach, instead of full-time special teams coach in filling the final vacancy on the Georgia coaching staff.

- Richt also confirmed that Logan Gray will indeed start spring practice at quarterback, saying “the last I heard is that’s exactly what he plans on doing, but I can’t sit here and say that he might not spend some time trying to do a couple of [other positions] but quarterback is what he plans on right now.”

- Lakatos said he foresees Ogletree playing safety, despite scout.com listing him as an outside linebacker due to concerns that he may outgrow the safety position.

- Rumors that Dat Nguyen – a former Cowboy – might be a candidate for Georgia’s inside linebacker coaching position are just that – rumors – according to Grantham, saying that he hasn’t talked to Dat, nor does he know what his plans are.

- Georgia is at 84 in the scholarship count, one below the NCAA limit of 85, according to Garner.

- Richt said he took a look at pictures of every player from the time they got to Georgia to now, so the rumors of him taking a hard look at the strength and condition program were apparently true.

- Recruiting is often about promises made from coaches to players, with nearly every coach ensuring a certain amount of playing time in hopes of luring them to their school. Richt doesn’t believe in that practice.

“Our policy has always been to be very straight forward from the very beginning. Don’t say something that won’t come true at the end. I don’t want to say something to get a guy to come to Georgia and when he shows up, he finds out its different than what we represented and he feels betrayed or lied to. We’ve never done that, and we don’t want to start doing that now because trust is really the only thing we have to hold us together I believe.”

- Also, Lonnie Outlaw of Wilcox, Ga., was a late signee at wide receiver. I can already hear the commentators, “O, he’s a dangerous in the open field.” “He’s being an outlaw against that Georgia Tech defense tonight.” Georgia better hope he performs like an outlaw – or just better than his two-star ranking, possessing no other offers. Interestingly, though, he’s the high school teammate and top target this season of one of Georgia’s chief targets in the class of 2011 – quarterback Nick Marshall at Rochelle County, the highly rated dual threat quarterback and basketball star that coach Mark Fox also wants badly.

From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, more info linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, sick has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family,” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? He has special teams coordinating experience.
From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, store linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, pregnancy has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family, and ” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? he has special teams coordinating experience.
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, more about Demarcus Dobbs, and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

Grantham on how the talent fits the scheme:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, pill Demarcus Dobbs, pilule and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, adiposity Demarcus Dobbs, geriatrician and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, sick Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, order and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, pharm ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, recuperation he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds

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We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, herbal Demarcus Dobbs, medications and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, price Demarcus Dobbs, more about and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, rx Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, disinfection Demarcus Dobbs, web and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, case Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, glands Demarcus Dobbs, bronchitis and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, viagra Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.

- Abry Jones, approved Demarcus Dobbs, erectile and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.

- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.

- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.

- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.

- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, anabolics and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, salve ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds
Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, price who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, here facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”

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Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, tablets who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, youth health facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, medic the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, price with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, order while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.

- Fred Munzenmaier and Jeremy Longo were the only Bulldogs in green jerseys.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, apoplexy the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception. G

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed.
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, treatment the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, seek with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Thursday after his team’s third practice of the season. Below are some of his comments:

On Thursday’s practice:

“I really really enjoyed watching the guys today. It’s a great energy bunch right now. They have a lot of enthusiasm and of course first day in some pads where they could actually hit someone, recipe and I think they were excited about that. But both sides of the ball came out to get better, pulmonologist and we’re making a ton of mistakes, I know that, but when you make mistakes with the type of tempo, its fun to see. You see a lot of speed and just really good athletes out there making plays, on both sides of the ball. I’m really encouraged right now.”

On moving Richard Samuel to inside linebacker from outside linebacker:

“We moved him inside. It’s probably a little more natural to him to play inside. We started him outside because a little bit of the depth issues at linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him outside.”

On what they’ve seen out of Shawn Williams to have him running with the first team unit at safety:

“I don’t really know. We’re rotating guys around, and depth chart doesn’t mean a lot. But I like what I’m seeing out of Shaun. I can’t sit here and say I’m disappointed in anybody’s effort right now. And I see a lot of guys trying to prove they belong.”

On the affect of new defensive coaches:

“There’s a heightened awareness, whatever you want to say, everybody knows that they have a clean slate, they have a chance to impress. The young guys know that a veteran doesn’t have an experience advantage over them because the older guys are learning it from scratch, too, and that’s probably a lot of the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and were rotating a lot of guys around.”

On if he’s ever had a quarterback wear a glove for throwing like Aaron Murray has been doing in spring practice:

“Not on a seventy degree day, but I guess its tacky enough for him, I think he feels like it helps him grip the ball better.”

On who has filled the leadership void thus far:

“Right now I think the entire group of seniors, in my opinion. We actually had our first character education in the spring, and when I work with the seniors, that’s exactly what we work on. We had a good discussion about that today. I thought we had our best practice so far, but if you want to single out a couple guys, I’d probably have to say Clint Boling, offensively, and Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, I think they’re all wanting to take on that role, and I don’t want to discourage anybody by not calling their name out.”

Richt claims he “rarely ever reads” stuff from the media, but once all the questions had been asked of him for the day and before he could head out to catch a flight, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear to a blogger that he had read – presumably not me since I didn’t write about the topic – about Logan Gray returning punts inside the 10-yard line this year because Richt thought “the gentlemen just didn’t understand why he was back there returning punts.”

“When Logan is back there, it’s a time when the offensive team is punting it in, it’s a pooch kick. Our defense, our punt return team, is in punt safe to keep them from faking the punt because they’ve crossed our 50-yard line. All Logan is doing is making the decision on whether to make the fair catch or let the ball hit. And the fine gentleman who writes the blog, I don’t think he really understood that very much. So I just thought if everybody got educated on that, they might understand a little bit better why Logan would do that. He was 100 percent last year on making those decisions and never bobbled the ball. That’s not a hard thing to do, and we’re not expecting him to return the punt because those punts don’t get returned.”

3-18 Practice Notes

After being left at the altar by Da’Rick Rogers and Nickell Robey, angina more about as well as Deon Rogers a week before, viagra 40mg coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that he would be in favor of an early signing period in November, search as has been proposed – similar to college basketball – albeit if a few parameters are set.

“I would be for an early signing date if there was a stipulation that all of the early signees would not take official visits until after they signed with the school they knew they wanted to go to. If you had the early signing date somewhere in November as some people have suggested, then the whole recruiting calendar gets moved up. Before you know it every single weekend is a large recruiting weekend, official visit weekend. You are trying to coach a team and you are trying to recruit; it’s just very, very difficult to do. I think people would be pushing for legislation to have official visits in the summer. I really think we need to keep as much sanity in this thing as we can for the college coaches, the high school coaches and the players themselves and the families.”

But kids love being wined and dined on their five free vacations throughout the recruiting process.

But without an early signing period in place, and kids that change schools more frequently than they change girlfriends, staffs are forced to spend just as much time as they did getting that verbal commitment, maintaining that commitment, constantly on the defensive of schools who can use negative recruiting against them because they have a single focus to go against. Richt said he can’t blame other coaches for going after his commitments, and he does the same. If a kid isn’t 100% certain, they’ll keep recruiting them. And that showed in Wednesday’s class with the signature of Kenarious Gates, who was a Kentucky commit until switching to Georgia when the coaches offered him Monday.

“Lets say a kid commits to a school, we’ll talk to him. First thing I want to know is, is he certain? Is he 100% sure? And if we feel like that kid is not 100% certain, then we’ll continue to recruit him, and I think everybody does that. If you think a kid is solid and you’re wasting your time, then you don’t want to do that, but the thing of it is sometimes kids make these decisions based on emotion; sometimes they make it before they’ve seen the big picture,” Richt said. “When they’re not certain of what they’re going to do, then we’re going to continue to recruit them, and I think you have to.”

Georgia took advantage of a change in heart themselves, convincing offensive tackle Kenarious Gates to switch his commitment from Kentucky to Georgia with a late offer on Monday. Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner blames the society we live in for how often kids change their verbal commitments.

“Well, I think it’s just indicative of society period. So I think you’re going to have more indecision than what you used to have in the 80s, early 90s. That’s just our culture, and I think whether you like it or not, it’s just part of it and you’re dealing with 18 or 19-year-olds. They’re going to change their minds, so what you do is just continue to try to build relationships and make sure they see what an asset they are to your program and your program can benefit from them more than another program. You win some and you lose some and that’s part of the process.”

Early enrollee Jakar Hamilton understood players indecision but says once you give your word, that word shouldn’t be broken – no matter the circumstances – and he’d know. He showed up to Georgia with no idea as to who his position coach or defensive coordinator would be.

“Coach Martinez left before I got here, and I could have easily said, “Nah, I’ll go to Alabama, but I gave coach Mark Richt my word, and I looked him straight in the eye and told him I was committed,” Hamilton said. “And I wanted him to see that I’m a humble, trustworthy person because I kept my word. So with that, we’re hurting, but we’ve still got a bunch of good receivers – AJ Green, Marlon Brown, Troupe, Wooten, King – so we’ll work with who we have, work hard and come out ready to play.”

After fellow safety Bacarri Rambo posted a comment on facebook with some particularly pointed comments about looking forward to “knocking the fire from” a certain Tennessee commitment over the middle next season, Hamilton echoed those sentiments, saying that there were a lot of guys on the team hoping for a shot at Rogers.

“It’s going to happen. They got to come here and it’s going to happen regardless – especially if he’s going to play right off the bat. And I hope he’s ready for it because there’s going to be a lot of people on the hit for him on this team.”

- This quote from Richt, more than any other, should get Georgia fans excited:

“I think it has certainly given me a lot more resolve to really continue just to get this program where it belongs. This past season I know was a disappointment for a lot of people. I don’t expect our Bulldog fans to be excited about an 8-5 season. Now, a lot of people would say that’s not that bad a year – it’s a winnign season and that type of thing. But in the time that we’ve been here, everybody was getting used to 10-win seasons and top-10 finishes and winning the eastern Division and being in position to finish as high as No. 2, No. 3, being in position to play for the SEC Championship. and that’s what we aspire to do.

“That’s what we expect to do, and we have everything that we need to get that done. So I think there’s a very positive buzz in our Butts Mehre Building. I think – even within the coaching staff – within our players I know that theres a great amount of excitement about what the future holds and the only thing I’m going to really try to predict is how hard we play and how disciplined we play and those are the things we’ve got to control as a coaching staff and as a group of players. And I think the results will take care of themselves after that point.”

Richt believes – like the spread offense did – that the 3-4 is going to spread to more and more schools and says he knows he made the right choice.

“I really believe that most nfl teams and a lot of college teams are moving towards this trend, so were really closer to the front end of this trend than the back end of it.”

- Hamilton talked about meeting Grantham and Lakatos saying: “It was real exciting. Knowing coach Grantham’s been in the league for 11 years means we have a coach on defense that knows what NFL coaches are going to expect out of the players and coach Lakatos came in and told us “coaches coach and players play,” and he really seems like a straight up guy and I’m just trying to do as much as I can to become a better playmaker.”

- Richt openly admitted in the press conference that they wished they had gotten a couple more at wide receiver for depth and that the lack of depth there was concerning to him. Richt said one reason the dearth in depth didn’t worry him as much was how deep Georgia is at tight end, lessening their reliance and alleviating some of the burden.

I asked wide receivers coach Tony Ball if the strength of that position heading into next year was a deterrent to their recruiting with kids looking for early playing time. He didn’t seem to think it played any factor, affirming that all of these kids think they can play, no matter who is in front of them.

“No because you’re going to recruit the best players,” Ball said. “And as long as you’re recruiting the best players, the best players feel that they can come in and play and those are the kind of kids that you want in your program – those that athletically can come in and help the program win and feel they can come in and help your program win.”

Ball also talked about wide receiver Michael Bennett: “Michael is a tall, rangy kid that can run. He’s athletic and comes from a program that threw the ball quite a bit, so he’s got a good working knowledge of the receiver position, got a chance to catch a lot of balls, so his passing skills are going to be solid – his knowledge base in the passing game because of what they did in high school will be very valuable to him. So when you look at all those variables, you’ve got to be excited about having a quality player in Michael Bennett.”

He’s not part of the recruiting class, but Georgia will add Kris Durham back to the rotation for spring practice, which begins March 4th by the way.

“Well, he will be by the time were playing. I don’t think there are any limitations right now,” Richt said of Durham’s recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to redshirt. “He’s doing our offseason program full speed. He was running routes, catching balls and doing pass skeleton drills during the latter end of the season and certainly during the bowl practice, and I think Kris will be no limitations throughout spring ball.”

- The nose tackle is often said to be the most important position in the 3-4 scheme. But the nose tackle can vary in size from a smaller undersized version like Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys at 300 pounds to massive spaceeaters in the mid-350s like Gilbert Brown, Vince Wilfork or Terrence Cody. So Todd Grantham discussed his ideal fit for the nose tackle that he will be looking for going forward.

“Well prototypically, I think any time you can get guys with initial quickness and suddenness. I’ve seen guys in the 6-foot-1 range that you would say ‘hey, can that guy play?’ And all the sudden, you look at his initial quickness and ability to run and you say “yeah,” Grantham said. “So I don’t think you box it in to a certain measurable, so I think you look more at his initial quickness and his suddenness, his ability to run. Up front the most important thing is the ability to play with your hands. You’ve got to work to come out of your hips and deliver a blow and strike a a guy and as you do that, you’ve got ot play with your hands. As a defensive guy, the offensive guy’s going to hold you if you play with your hands and get separation, so I think those are the things were going to work on as we look forward to the spring.”

- Richt commented that high school players are coming in more developed and more prepared than ever before, crediting that to the high school coaches of the state and the emphasis on year-round training.

- According to Rodney Garner, the SEC rule states that you can’t sign more than 28 in a class. For every one player you sign over that 28 limit, your limit the next season is cut by two. Richt says the rule was put in place to stop coaches from signing numerous kids that were going to go to prep school or junior college just to get a head start on them later.

- The long awaited move of Richard Samuel to linebacker was officially confirmed by Mark Richt on Wednesday

- Grantham also said that the plan remains to sign an outside linebackers coach, instead of full-time special teams coach in filling the final vacancy on the Georgia coaching staff.

- Richt also confirmed that Logan Gray will indeed start spring practice at quarterback, saying “the last I heard is that’s exactly what he plans on doing, but I can’t sit here and say that he might not spend some time trying to do a couple of [other positions] but quarterback is what he plans on right now.”

- Lakatos said he foresees Ogletree playing safety, despite scout.com listing him as an outside linebacker due to concerns that he may outgrow the safety position.

- Rumors that Dat Nguyen – a former Cowboy – might be a candidate for Georgia’s inside linebacker coaching position are just that – rumors – according to Grantham, saying that he hasn’t talked to Dat, nor does he know what his plans are.

- Georgia is at 84 in the scholarship count, one below the NCAA limit of 85, according to Garner.

- Richt said he took a look at pictures of every player from the time they got to Georgia to now, so the rumors of him taking a hard look at the strength and condition program were apparently true.

- Recruiting is often about promises made from coaches to players, with nearly every coach ensuring a certain amount of playing time in hopes of luring them to their school. Richt doesn’t believe in that practice.

“Our policy has always been to be very straight forward from the very beginning. Don’t say something that won’t come true at the end. I don’t want to say something to get a guy to come to Georgia and when he shows up, he finds out its different than what we represented and he feels betrayed or lied to. We’ve never done that, and we don’t want to start doing that now because trust is really the only thing we have to hold us together I believe.”

- Also, Lonnie Outlaw of Wilcox, Ga., was a late signee at wide receiver. I can already hear the commentators, “O, he’s a dangerous in the open field.” “He’s being an outlaw against that Georgia Tech defense tonight.” Georgia better hope he performs like an outlaw – or just better than his two-star ranking, possessing no other offers. Interestingly, though, he’s the high school teammate and top target this season of one of Georgia’s chief targets in the class of 2011 – quarterback Nick Marshall at Rochelle County, the highly rated dual threat quarterback and basketball star that coach Mark Fox also wants badly.

From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, more info linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, sick has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family,” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? He has special teams coordinating experience.
From UGA press release:
Warren Belin, store linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, pregnancy has been named a linebackers coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Friday by Bulldog head coach Mark Richt.

Belin just completed his eighth season with the Commodores coaching linebackers. The 20-year veteran also just completed his second year as recruiting coordinator after having worked as special teams coordinator in 2006-07.

“I want to thank Coach (Bobby) Johnson and the Vandy staff for eight great years competing in the SEC and everything they have provided me and my family, and ” said Belin. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my career with Coach Richt and the opportunity to compete for SEC and national championships. I look forward to working with Coach Grantham, Coach Garner and Coach Lakatos in installing the new defensive package. My wife and family are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Athens community, Bulldog Nation and the great tradition at UGA.”

“Warren has had some of the best linebackers and tacklers in the league for years,” said Richt. “I’ve always admired his work at Vandy and people have been talking to me about him for quite a while. When Todd (Grantham) and I interviewed him, we were very impressed with his knowledge of the game, schemes, and fundamentals. He’s going to be a perfect mentor for our players as well.”

During Belin’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he developed numerous outstanding linebackers including second team All-SEC Patrick Benoist (2008) and Freshman All-SEC Chris Marve (2008), both of whom were among the SEC’s top tacklers; All-SEC Jonathan Goff (2006-07) and Marcus Buggs (2006-07), both of whom are in their second year in the NFL (Goff with the Giants and Buggs with the Bills); All-SEC Moses Osemwegie (2004-05); and All-SEC Hunter Hillenmeyer (2002) who earned the National Student-Athlete Award after leading the SEC in tackles.

Belin served in a similar role at Southern Methodist before coming to Vanderbilt. In five years at SMU, at least one of Belin’s linebackers was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year of his service. Vic Viloria was named first team All-WAC as a junior. Another SMU pupil, Jason Simonton, was a two-time All-WAC selection. A third player, Chris Bordano, was WAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest from 1987-90. He earned a B.S. in Health and Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 1990 and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is married to the former Yolanda Taylor. They are the parents of three daughters: Camryn, 7; and 4-year-old twins Morgan and MacKenzi.

- Could Belin be the guy directing the Georgia special teams? he has special teams coordinating experience.
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, more about Demarcus Dobbs, and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

Grantham on how the talent fits the scheme:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, pill Demarcus Dobbs, pilule and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, adiposity Demarcus Dobbs, geriatrician and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, sick Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, order and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, pharm ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, recuperation he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds

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We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, herbal Demarcus Dobbs, medications and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, price Demarcus Dobbs, more about and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, rx Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, disinfection Demarcus Dobbs, web and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, case Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.
“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”
Special Teams Responsbilities
- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some items of note as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates

- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.
- Abry Jones, glands Demarcus Dobbs, bronchitis and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.
- Cornelius Washington, viagra Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.
- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.

“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.
- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.
- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle

- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”
- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:

- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
We got the chance to sit down with head coach Mark Richt and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for about a 20-minute chat with each on Friday afternoon.

Here are some bullets of things we learned as the Bulldogs begin spring practice next Thursday.

Position Updates
- Deangelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are playing nose tackle at the moment.

- Abry Jones, approved Demarcus Dobbs, erectile and Brandon Wood will be defensive ends.

- Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, and Montez Robinson are all lining up at outside linebacker right now.

- Richard Samuel will start at outside linebacker but could move to inside later on. Grantham also said “athletically, [Richard] has shown the tools needed” but will need to learn the fundamentals and get his feet wet with being on defense again.
- Darryl Gamble, Marcus Dowtin, Akeem Dent, Chase Vasser, and Christian Robinson are all going to be inside linebackers.
- Sanders Commings will line up at safety, but Richt said he will see time at cornerback as well.
- Nick Williams has been moved back to safety from linebacker.
“We did move Nick Williams back to safety. He had been playing linebacker. He’s been a hybrid since he’s been here, not really sure where to play him, and we even had this discussion with the last staff on where he should go,” Richt said of Williams. “Right now we feel like Nick would be better suited to play safety; although, he may play some linebcaker when we move into a nickel package possibly.”

3-4 and the 4-3 scheme are both seven-man fronts, so people probably didn’t think the secondary would have much change to endure. But Richt said the cornerbacks’ responsibilities will change under new secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

“Well, in the secondary, it’s going to be a little different philosophy. We were more of a boundary corner, field corner. That’s not to say we won’t continue to do that, but the boundary corner in our old scheme was counted on to do a lot of run support, a lot of run support. I don’t know if well be doing quite as much of that. So that might change who plays the boundary and who plays the field. We still may go left-right in that regard, so I think were going to be experimenting a little bit at the corner position.”

Special Teams Responsbilities

- John Lilly will coordinator the special teams practice and meeting times. Lilly will also handle the punt team.

- Warren Belin will handle kickoff coverage, which he did for eight years at Vanderbilt, which was handled by Jon Fabris previously.

- Bryan Mcclendon will take over the punt block and punt return teams, which were also handled by Fabris.
- Tony Ball will continue to man the kickoff return unit.

Quarterback Battle
- Richt said he’s looking for: “Well I’m going to be looking for guys that are going to know what to do, are going to be able to hit their target, and are going to be able to handle the pressure of the job. And a guy that can lead. I also have said that he must have a healthy respect for the football, so those are the things I’m looking for.”

- Richt doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 1 starter for the opening game coming out of spring practice, but will name one “if someone separates themselves.”

Other tidbits:
- Grantham said the staff has been spending the first half of each day on recruiting and then the last half on football, and he says he has been “real pleased” with the way recruiting is going. Grantham says the level of talent in the state of Georgia has “exceeded my expectations.”
- The strength and conditioning staff has given out more A grades for mat drills than at any other time in his tenure.
- Grantham and Richt reiterated the fact that all positions on defense are tentative and Grantham emphasized the flexibility of his system. He said that he wants all of his players to learn a couple positions, so he can get his best players on the field at all times.
- Richt said he’s comfortable that they have at least a two deep at every position on the defense, despite recruiting players for a 4-3.
- According to Richt, the new staff has “very good chemistry already.”
- Grantham’s family is still living in Dallas for the rest of the school year, and he said that has allowed him to focus solely on football.

When asked of how the talent fit into the 3-4 scheme he hopes to run, Grantham said:
“After working with them on mat drills, I’m excited to get spring practice started. I’m looking forward to getting on the grass and coaching these guys up and seeing what they can do with some pads on. I’m real pleased with the players that we have here and I’m encouraged by their effort. From what I’ve seen, they’ve done a good job. In mat drills, you’re really working to develop discipline and mental toughness, and I’ve been very pleased with the progress we’ve made in those areas.”
Jeff Owens isn’t sure what got a hold of him two weeks ago at the NFL combine when he tied the second-highest mark in NFL history with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“I was looking to go in and do just 40 but I got the extra adrenaline, anabolics and I got to like 43 and started slowing down. I wanted to break the record, salve ” Owens said of the surprise of 44 reps. “It felt like it was an impostor. I don’t think it was me.”

And Owens wasn’t about to try to find that “imposter” again at Georgia’s Pro Day Tuesday.  Instead, he opted to skip the bench press, vertical jump and 3-cone drill at Pro Day and let his combine numbers stand. But Owens did run the 40-yard dash — posting a unofficial time of 4.9 seconds — and participated in position drills.

Geno Atkins also posted one of the combine’s top performances, and only participated in positions, knowing the numbers he posted at the combine have his stock rising as fast as anyone in the NFL Draft.

“If you’ve done it and you’ve done it really well, there’s no point in using that energy that you can save up to do really well in your position drills,” said Pat Dye Jr., an Atlanta-based agent representing Atkins.

The impressive combine performance has boosted Atkins stock “two rounds” by Dye’s estimation, and the versatility on display at the combine have NFL teams believing he could play the nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Rennie Curran’s experience at Pro Day was the polar opposite of Atkins and Owens. After a disappointing performance at the combine, Curran was out to perform every drill and strengthen his numbers — even if he thinks those numbers are overblown. He also set out to improve his bench press and 40-yard dash time. No matter what numbers Curran posted, though, a number out of his control continues to be his biggest detractor: his height at only 5-foot-11.

“You’re not going to see the ball and not see me around it. That’s just my identity, that’s who I am,” Curran said. “So hopefully they see that before they see my height.”

Jessie Tuggle, Curran’s mentor, played for fourteen years for the Atlanta Falcons, despite facing skeptics about being undersized like Curran, and says Curran reminds him a little bit of himself.

“A lot of teams are curious, can he do it in the NFL? Is he tall enough? Is he big enough?” Tuggle said. “And I think he is right now. In the NFL, all the talk about is leverage, being instinctive, making plays, and he has all that. That’s who he is, and I think right now when teams put on the tape, they’ll see a guy who is very instinctive, a guy who knows how to make plays and runs from sidelines to sidelines.”

No official times were recorded Tuesday, but Curran’s unofficial time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash was faster than his 4.72 at the Combine. He also did two more reps on the bench. Prince Miller is also believed to have helped his stock after posting 22 reps and running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
Unofficial 40-yard dash times posted by former Bulldogs at Georgia’s Pro Day

JEFF OWENS: 4.9 seconds

RENNIE CURRAN: 4.6 seconds

RESHAD JONES: 4.52 seconds

PRINCE MILLER: 4.4 seconds

BRYAN EVANS: 4.5 seconds
Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, price who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, here facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”

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Tuesday marked the Georgia football team’s first practice after a spring break that ended with Zach Mettenberger, tablets who is in the running for starting quarterback in the fall, youth health facing several charges after being arrested in Remerton on March 7.

“He knows that what has happened this last week is not going to define who he is and define his career. What he does from this point forward will define that,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s very anxious to prove to everybody that he’s a very solid person and leader. We’re all disappointed, but we all know that there are consequences to those kinds of actions.”

Richt is still gathering information on the freshman’s alcohol-related arrest and is unable to give specifics on disciplinary action until the end of the week.

Under athletic association rules, Mettenberger will automatically be suspended from one game in the fall, though further punishment is under Richt’s discretion.

According to Richt, Mettenberger will continue to train and compete for the quarterback position as usual during spring practices. This means continuing sharing reps with his fellow teammates vying for quarterback, freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray.

Murray says the team is ready to move on and cannot be distracted by the situation. The redshirt freshman feels this situation shows how each player is in the spotlight at all times and must be closely aware of their actions.

“You really can’t go anywhere without someone knowing who you are and knowing you’re on the football team. So you really have to be respectful to everyone you meet and watch your back because there are going to be people that are going to try to be the guy that took him down or the one who got him arrested,” Murray said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the best plan of action is for Mettenberger, alongside Gray and Murray, and the rest of the team to remain focused in practice.

“The main thing is you got to say, ‘you made a mistake.’ Obviously he feels bad and he’s embarrassed by the situation. He’s embarrassed for himself and his family and the University of Georgia. At the same time, you got a job to do. You can’t look at it as a negative or make an excuse for it, you just got to go out and work,” Bobo said. “We’re a big family. People make mistakes but we’re still going to love each other. You got to learn from those mistakes and just go back and go to work.”
The media got to view about 20 minutes of practice this afternoon.

- When we first got out there, medic the defense was separated into position groups and rotating stations, price with each station emphasizing a different fundamental. Warren Belin was leading a drill where the defenders would have to jump on the ball with the proper technique for recovering a fumble, order while Scott Lakatos was running his station through a drill in which they practiced stripping the ball from the ballcarrier from behind. Graduate assistant Todd Hartley was running one group through a drill where they come around a tackling dummy and the ball is thrown at them for the interception.

Then the position groups separated and went to their respective coaches. Belin led his troops through a drill in which he emphasized how to properly get off of a block, saying “Attack and get off, linebackers got to make tackles.” He really seems to do a nice job of teaching and explaining his concepts without persistent yelling.

- In the quarterback drill I watched, Zach Mettenberger took the first reps, which Mark Richt told us would happen on Tuesday. From the three practices so far, Logan Gray looks more accurate than I was expecting – keep in mind that there are no defenders – but can’t come close to matching the arm strength of Mettenberger and Murray. Mettenberger’s arm appears a bit stronger than Murray’s, but Murray seems to be the more accurate passer with a quicker release. Mike Bobo talked before spring practice began about how the big thing for Mettenberger was realizing he didn’t have to go too fast with his feet because he’s always been told he’s too slow. Bobo again was harping that theme to Mettenberger in Thursday’s practice, yelling at him at one point: “Zach stand taller, your feet are fine.”

Richt was around monitoring the quarterbacks in the two periods (five minutes) that I viewed.

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has shown little hesitation in making himself heard in the three practices we’ve viewed, and that rang true again Thursday when a drill wasn’t done exactly like he wanted.

- I watched the receivers closely, too, and although there were no defenders, A.J. Green still just looks on another level from the other receivers. His speed, hands, and ability to come out of his breaks are unmatched on the team. Tavarres King and Kris Durham also impressed. After watching practice the last couple of days, I’d be really surprised if Marlon Brown didn’t play a lot this season, too. He reminds me a lot of Tech’s Demaryius Thomas with his size and speed, and he’s surprisingly quick for how big he is.

- Fred Munzenmaier and Jeremy Longo were the only Bulldogs in green jerseys.