Three UGA players undergo surgery (updated)

Athens – For starters, a quick medical report:

Three Georgia football players have undergone surgery in the past week.

Offensive lineman Justin Anderson and fullback Fred Munzenmaier both underwent shoulder surgeries. They will be limited in spring practice but full speed by pre-season camp in August, UGA said.

Defensive end Jeremy Longo had knee surgery. He will miss all of spring practice but is expected to be fine by August, UGA said.

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I’m working today on a story about how Georgia’s defensive players are dealing with their uncertain “new world” — the new 3-4 scheme, the new coaches, etc. (UPDATE: The full story is posted here.)

The players haven’t yet met the newly hired coaches -– defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive-backs coach Scott Lakatos -– but are looking forward to doing so at a defensive-team meeting on Friday.

“I think it’s a little bit of both . . .  excitement and nerves,” Abry Jones said. “Players are excited that we finally got a new coach and a new scheme. We’re also a little nervous because we’ve never run it before.”

Jones  said players have been talking among themselves “about where we could play and stuff like that” in the new scheme. “We’re just waiting to see.” Jones, who said his weight is up to 299, was a defensive tackle in the old 4-3 defense, but if given his choice in the 3-4 he said he’d prefer to play defensive end rather than nose tackle.  “I played [D-end] in high school. It wouldn’t be much of a jump,” he said.

Meanwhile, safety Bacarri Rambo is fired up about the 3-4, hoping it will result in more pressure on the opposing quarterback and thus more chances for interceptions by the defensive backs. Rambo loved Grantham’s description of his defense to the media last week as an aggressive, attacking style.

“If he said ‘aggressive,’ I’m ready to see how this season will turn out because I think that’s what we’ve been missing. Aggressive,” Rambo said.  “Just go out there and make plays.”

Rambo’s new position coach, Lakatos, was the secondary coach at Connecticut this past season. Rambo said he happened to watch UConn’s victory over South Carolina in the PapaJohn’s.com Bowl and was impressed with how the Huskies’ secondary played.

The full story will have comments from additional players as well.

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152 comments Add your comment

Skeet~O

January 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

i’m glad willie’s gone

Case Quarter

January 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

david

January 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

Case Quarter

January 20th, 2010
2:48 pm

With that being said….I think the players will welcome a change to the “Bend but don’t break” philosophy that has dominated UGA’s defenses for the past 8 yrs or so…

Gratefuldawghead

January 20th, 2010
2:56 pm

Wow…Martinez never knew anything about “Aggressive” or “Pressure on QB”..
Ready to see the new JUNK YARD DAWG DEE!

BG

January 20th, 2010
3:01 pm

BurningRedBleedingBlack

January 20th, 2010
3:03 pm

Man this sounds so good, i think this is actually what we need, and i think this is what UGA defense has always beens about. If you think about it in the past we have always played this kind of football, the bend and dont break style hurt us and our image of being a nasty defense. We’ll now go back to have the guy bigger and stronger ranther than lighter in weight. Lets get it coach Grantham and UGA GATA GO DAWGS.

nickz

January 20th, 2010
3:04 pm

The UGA players have to be excited about this…more blitzing (something that wasn’t even in the playbook under Willie), more attacking, and more turnover opportunities…should be exciting to watch!

SEC East is probably as winnable for the Dawgs as it’s been in the past 5 years. If one of our QBs can step up and play well, we should be rolling over the Tide in the SEC Championship game (or at least playing against them).

reservoirDAWG

January 20th, 2010
3:12 pm

Glad to hear the players are getting jacked.

Ferndolin

January 20th, 2010
3:14 pm

I’m excited to back to classic junk yard dawg defense. Losing Curran and Jones is not good but I think the talent is there to fill in behind them. TURN ‘EM LOOSE, GRANTHAM!!

Forbes Magazine

January 20th, 2010
3:21 pm

Georgia Tech being in downtown Atlanta is one of the main reasons we chose Atlanta as America’s Gayest City.

Flowery Branch Dawg

January 20th, 2010
3:24 pm

Go Dawgs! Sic ‘em! Woof! Woof!

Now go out and win the SEC and then win the BCS Championship Game!

Dawg stuck in Bham

January 20th, 2010
3:25 pm

These guys and any recruit should be excited about the 3-4. It’s what the NFL likes…anyone hearing anything about the Garner rumor to UT? Been hearing it from UT folks here in the “just as corrupt city gov’t as Atlanta” BIrmingham.

puppydawg

January 20th, 2010
3:25 pm

I can’t wait to see the D GATA. I’m so jacked, I broke my chair, I came right through a chair, a metal STEEL chair with about a five inch cushion.

GeoffDawg

January 20th, 2010
3:26 pm

Was nickz first?

GeoffDawg

January 20th, 2010
3:27 pm

When it’s all said and done, even if the defense doesn’t improve a lick, I’d much rather watch a team play aggressively and lose than play a soft zone and lose.

Lloyd Christmas

January 20th, 2010
3:33 pm

KICK HIS AZZ SEABASS!!!!!!!

JB

January 20th, 2010
3:33 pm

“If he said ‘aggressive,’ I’m ready to see how this season will turn out because I think that’s what we’ve been missing. Aggressive,” Rambo said. “Just go out there and make plays.”

A VERY telling statement about who left and who’s coming in.

HBTD!!!

Big Bad Leroy Brown

January 20th, 2010
3:34 pm

I’m back, meanest dawg in the whole junkyard.

nickz

January 20th, 2010
3:36 pm

FIRST…damn!

Thanks for the inspiration GeoffDawg…

Big Bad Leroy Brown

January 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

An’ I don’t like no Gators, Coon Hounds or Chickens
coming in my junkyard.

IknowGeorgiaFootball

January 20th, 2010
4:10 pm

this is a long-awaited post by ajc. Considering the relevance of this significant and impactful change in our defense, i think a lot of time should be focused on potential position changes and which players we expect to flourish in next season’s unit.

Defensive Line:::: Much has been made about the need for a ”mount-cody” type player at NT, and while that kind of talent is always a plus, it should be noted that the role of the NT in Granthem’s scheme only plays one gap like the the DE. So, in this regard, size isn’t the primary factor in determining which DT takes the reign at NT. We can expect this to play itself out throughout the spring and summer, but my gut-feeling tells me that our most dominant interior lineman (with little regard to size) will occupy the NT position. With the DE position, this, in some ways, works out in our favor when we consider how many experienced DE/DT or “tweeners” we have. But it should be noted that the DE in a 3-4 scheme, for all intensive purposes, is your more-athletic 4-3 DT. All in all, the change in scheme, from the standpoint of the defensive line, works out in our favor–in a year we lose 3 realllllllly good DTs to the NFL. I think our first unit looks solid but i’m waiting to see which players emerge and fill out the depth chart.

Predicted Depth Chart:
NT: 1) D. Tyson 2) K. Geathers 3) J. Whittaker (high school)
DE: 1) D. Dobbs 2) G. Smith (high school) 3) K. Tripp
DE: 1) B. Woods 2) A. Jones 3) D. Lott

Linebacker: This is probably the most interesting position to look at, particularly with many former DEs making a shift to the rush end OLB. I have some thoughts about this: there are some guys that will benefit from this shift while other players can possibly struggle to define their roles on the team. It goes without saying that we’re a little thin–both in terms of size and depth–but our ILB should be studs. We return at least three productive, strong, big-bodied backers at ILB but quality depth will be hard to develop by the start of the season. At OLB/rush-end, the possibilities are endless, but there are certainly some concerns i have. How will J. houston and M. Robinson–two really talented DEs who seem more comfortable with their hands down fit in? what about a guy like N. Williams? There is a lot of raw talent in this unit but i’m really curious about where and how guys line up. On a more positive note, I expect a guy like C. Washington to be a future star on this defense. He is one player, with ideal physical measurements and quickness, that has the most upside of becoming a force on the outside.

Predicted Depth Chart:

ILB: 1)D. Gamble 2) C. Robinson 3) C. Vasser
ILB: 1A) M. Dowtin 1B) A. Dent
OLB/DE: 1) J. Houston 2A) C. Washington 2B) M. Robinson 3) T. Strippling (high school)
OLB: 1) N. Williams 2) M. Gilliard

Defensive Backs:::::I don’t imagine the new scheme impacting the DBs as much as the front seven, and with two premier corners developing, a great deal of the spring and summer will be focused on sorting out the depth chart behind the first unit. Saftey, however, will be something interesting to stay tuned in to. There is a lot of talent to pull from and frankly i think this is a unit that only has up to go from years past. Sadly however, at first glance at least, i don’t see too many pure playmakers

Predicted Depth Chart:

CB: 1) B. Boykin 2) J. Love 3) D.Owens (high school)
CB: 1) B. Smith 2) V. Cuff 3) B. Robel (high school)
FS: 1) B. Rambo 2) S. Cummings 3) M. Pugh
SS: 1) Q. Banks( i’m just waiting for him to break out) 2) J. Hamilton 3) A. Ogeltree (high school) 3) S. Williams

***Hey real dawg fans, let’s turn this into a productive, adult forum. I’m just geeked up next year already, and i would love to hear any thoughts or comments about my post.

FLA DAWGS

January 20th, 2010
4:19 pm

nickz

January 20th, 2010
4:25 pm

SS is an interesting position to watch. From my take, A Ogeltree is coming to Athens to play right away, especially since he probably expected Jones to leave early to the NFL. I’ve seen some tape and the guy looks like a monster play maker and he definietly attacks the football, which is what we need at SS with this new defensive scheme…

IknowGeorgiaFootball

January 20th, 2010
4:38 pm

Nickz:

A. Ogeltree is a very interesting case. From the tape i’ve seen one thing he’s definitely demonstrated is an ability to play with great instincts around the box and tackle with a scary streak of aggression. But one thing that worries me about placing Ogeltree atop the depth chart at this point is his underdeveloped pass-coverage skills. This is largely a product of the system and region he played in, but i anticipate Ogeltree assuming the role of student–similar to rashead jones–his first year before breaking out. But i can–and hope–be wrong and Ogeltree becomes the all-world saftey everyone expects him to become from day one. And i wouldn’t be terribly surprised if he moved down in the box to LB. Either way, Ogeltree is an absolute stud.

SF Dawg

January 20th, 2010
4:58 pm

With a whole new scheme, everyone is on page 1 of the defensive playbook and no one has earned playing time to the new coaches… so I figure the gate is wide open for a number of freshman to see significant playing time… not sure if that is a good thing, but it’ll sure be good for practice.

And we’ll probably be in a nickel a good portion of the time (just like Bama), so next year, depending on how well we can stop the run (and I don’t think Tyson has the work ethic to excel at NT), I think you may see Ogletree in at NB over guys with more experience… Ogletree at NB is almost like adding another ILB cuz he’s a natural run-stopper and that kid can HIT!

Another point of interest: If Richard Samuel can throw on another 20-25 lbs, his athleticism could prove a real asset at OLB in a 3-4.

SIC' EM WOOF! WOOF! LOVER

January 20th, 2010
5:13 pm

IknowGeorgiaFootball: I think you make some real good points bro. Lets just hope that this season is our season for our D. Look at how our D played during the bowl game without Martinez. That was the D of past. Just a thought brother. Go Daws! SIC’ EM! WOOF! WOOF!

SIC' EM WOOF! WOOF! LOVER

January 20th, 2010
5:13 pm

IknowGeorgiaFootball: I think you make some real good points bro. Lets just hope that this season is our season for our D. Look at how our D played during the bowl game without Martinez. That was the D of past. Just a thought brother. Go Dawgs! SIC’ EM! WOOF! WOOF!

??????

January 20th, 2010
5:36 pm

When is the G-Day game??????

DawginLex

January 20th, 2010
5:39 pm

I bet that Samuel moves up the depth chart pretty fast. He was a very good linebacker in high school and has the speed we have lacked at OLB.

DawginLex

January 20th, 2010
5:40 pm

Willie Martinezz

January 20th, 2010
5:45 pm

Look Luzers:
I am STILL available if and when you realize you made a big mistake in firing me. Matter of fact, just to let bygones be bygones, I’ll even agree to replacing Mark Richt as head coach. Yes, once again I will be in charge. Cause I’m a big coaching ROCK STAR. Me, Wilbert Martinezz….WATCH ME BURN, YOU FOOLS.

WILLIE

true UGA fan

January 20th, 2010
6:05 pm

iknowgeoargiafootball, who in the hell is B. Robel, UGA is not even recruiting a guy by that name that is currently in high school, let alone committed to UGA to even consider whomever he is on the “predicted depth chart”.. you know nothing…so STFU

Nick

January 20th, 2010
6:12 pm

Heard a rumor Tennessee was hiring Willie. I laughed and said, please, please, please!

Midland Dog

January 20th, 2010
6:14 pm

Will Marlon Brown become factor?

jerry

January 20th, 2010
6:24 pm

One more linebacker and one less defensive linemen spells angst for the DL.

Bremen Dawg

January 20th, 2010
6:31 pm

Richard Samuel will be playing OLB if he decides to move. Grantham needs to talk him into it and I think he will move. He will be 2nd in the depth chart by the start of the season. He can put on 20 more lbs and will still run a 4-4. We need that speed at that position and I think Samuel is the guy to add some depth there.

mgdawg

January 20th, 2010
6:51 pm

So I guess Rambo was glad to see willie gone too. All the reports came out that the players loved him, which may be true, but from those comments it seems like they questioned his scheme also. I loved the words grantham used about the defense he wants to bring to UGA, I do think it will take time though. If UGA got a guy that ran the 4-3 I think we could’ve seen a quick change in the defense; however, this scheme is quite different and will take some time to learn.

I think it will be in samuel’s best interest to switch. He isn’t going to get any playing time at RB and with his speed and size, especially if he can put on afew more pounds, he could be a great LB and would have a better chance to make it to the NFL.

mike on lake hartwell

January 20th, 2010
7:07 pm

chill-out everyone. lets just let the coaches do the coaching
and come september you cheer for the players and coaches.
they will do what is best for the team. it is a waste of time to
try and break it all down.
thank you and good nite.

1970 Dawg

January 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

Mike, I’m enjoying the excitement about UGA football. It’s kind of refreshing to read some real football comments rather having to read GT comments. I think IKnow…’s depth chart meant to include N Robey, a cornerback who may decommit before he gets to Athens. But that’s okay,
there’s other athletes who want to go to UGA. I agree that we need to let the coaches do the coaching and not criticize, but its okay to
look ahead with excitement.

40th

January 20th, 2010
7:32 pm

This new D scheme will take some time to gel, obviously. Don’t drink the Grantham koolaide just yet. I loved his presser, but what is he supposse to say??? “Well, we’re really not going to be very aggressive. We’ll play a base 3-4 that will bend but won’t break. We’ll react to what the offense gives us.” Sounds like Willie’s D from last year, right? Guess what? The D TRIED to be aggressive early last year w/ NO RESULTS because of a lack of personel. CMR said a few times in the middle of the year that they tried all kind of blitz packages(including some ‘fire zone’ bliztes that Saban loves to run) but they still couldnt get sufficient pressure.

This is why Willie had to play those soft zones and let opponents dink and dunk us to death. The secondary was so horrible that they even got beat deep multiple times even w/ the secondary playing 10 yards off of their men. Let’s see how Grantham can coach these guys up before you start to celebrate.

42nd

January 20th, 2010
7:32 pm

Dang, guess I should type faster. This is better.

1970 Dawg

January 20th, 2010
7:39 pm

Thanks for the cold water, Mr 40th. I think part of the problem last year was that our DB coach was spread too thin by being DC also. I think Grantham’s 11 years in the NFL will really help out. I’m not expecting miracles but I am hopeful. I know we still play in the SEC and competition will be as tough as it always has been.

CvilleDawg

January 20th, 2010
7:43 pm

I think jakar hamilton will be the starting strong safety, that kid can hit! ogletree could learn alot from him and rambo. Nick williams and Richard samuel at both olb positions sounds good to me also. Imagine how fast our defense will be!

McDawg

January 20th, 2010
7:45 pm

last year’s D didn’t work well until we got pressure from the DEs

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

January 20th, 2010
7:45 pm

BOY, THE NEWS OUTTA FLORIDA (COACH ARRESTED ,CHILD PORN, PLAYER CHOKES GIRLFRIEND) MAKES ME THINK THE WALLS ARE TUMBLING AT URBANVILLE.
BET CUM DECIDES TO WALK AFTER RECRUITING IS OVER. HATE TO SAY IT AS MUCH AS I DESPISE RAUNCHY TOP, DEREK WILL NOT PUT UP WITH UNDISIPLINED CRAP WE HE STARTS HIS WATCH. THAT PROGRAM APPEARS TO BE ON THE UP AND UP. NOW IF WE CAN GET SOME SMUT ON ALABAMA…………………………………….

maddawg

January 20th, 2010
7:50 pm

IknowGeorgiaFootball:

I love and share your passion!!
One question though, where is Demarcus Dobbs going to play???

1970 Dawg

January 20th, 2010
7:50 pm

Cville, Hamilton will definitely be in the mix. He’s in school now and will be eligible for Spring practice. As you know, he is a JC transfer, so he has been playing above HS already.

Louie

January 20th, 2010
7:51 pm

boogie boy.
How about the smut ALWAYS happening in neck town.
Don’t look to Florida or Bama to help you with a diversion,son.
Check what is under your bed before you yack about the top teams in your conference.
STILL L M F A O

CvilleDawg

January 20th, 2010
7:56 pm

So what do you guys think about all these big 6′5-6′7 d-ends were getting like stripling, morant, and fields ? there all very quick of the ball.