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.
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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