Notes: Dogs seek taller cornerbacks; Grantham praises Garner; full pads Saturday

(UPDATE: For a report on Saturday’s practice, please click here.)

There was no football practice Friday. The Dogs will hold their fourth session of spring ball Saturday in Sanford Stadium, their first in full pads. Meanwhile, a few notes and quotes:

  • The overhaul of Georgia’s defensive staff and scheme naturally affects the type of players the Dogs are looking to recruit. “I mean, you got different body types, because you got to get outside linebacker types and your defensive end and nose types,” said Rodney Garner, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He added that new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and new defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos “like taller corners. So we want bigger corners, too. So it’s really just trying to find exactly what [Grantham] wants to fit his scheme.”
  • Grantham said Garner, the only holdover from the previous defensive staff, “has meshed very well. Rodney is a conscientious guy. He’s worked hard to understand what we want to get taught. I think he works his guys extremely hard in practice.  I think he has done a good job so far with the guys, and I have been pleased with the progress — not only him but, really, I’ve been pleased with the way the coaches have worked and the way the players have responded.”
  • It takes good players to have a good defense, yes, “but everybody also has to understand their role,” Grantham said. “‘What is my role on the team? What do I do to contribute?’ Right now, everybody is working hard to define their role to me. They’re showing us their abilities. They’re showing us how much they want to play. They’re showing us how they can learn, showing us how they’ll hustle to the ball. Because to me we’re going to put guys out there who are physical and give effort. And if we do that, we’ll beat you.”
  • It’s not just the players learning a new defensive scheme. None of the coaches — not Garner, not Lakatos, not Warren Belin — has ever coached in Grantham’s 3-4 system before.  Said Garner: “Football is football, but it’s . . . definitely a much different scheme than what we did. The terminology is totally different. So it’s a lot to learn, a lot to grasp. We’re putting a lot in at a time, so it’s a lot for us [coaches] too. We’re trying to learn it and get it taught to our kids. We’ve got to get this package put in. Coach Grantham is going full speed. He’s trying to get everything in so we can be good at it. . . .  We’re all in there trying to learn exactly . . . his terminology, how he wants to call it, everything.”
  • Several of you have asked about Trinton Sturdivant’s comeback from his second torn ACL. He’s not participating in spring practice, but he is still expected to be back for preseason camp in August. Same goes for Justin Anderson and Tanner Strickland, missing the spring because of shoulder injuries.
  • And to end on a positive note, Mark Richt had this to say after Thursday’s practice:  “I’m really encouraged right now. It’s early, but I’m encouraged right now.”

If you missed it: Richard Samuel has changed positions . . . again.

96 comments Add your comment

Sundance32

March 19th, 2010
4:59 pm

Glad to hear about trinton. Third time’s the charm.

Dawg Fan

March 19th, 2010
5:10 pm

Tim it sure seems as if UGA has had more than their share of shoulder injuries over the years. Do you agree and if so do you have any theories why?

baddawg

March 19th, 2010
5:19 pm

Understand his reason for wanting taller cornerbacks after watching Prince Miller get burned and out jumped so many times by taller receivers last year.

1eyedJack

March 19th, 2010
5:19 pm

I’m sick of basketball!!! “Play Ball”….or…”Toe it up.” Let’s go.

1eyedJack

March 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

Dawg Fan

Swim moves and 340lb DLs put a lot of torque on shoulders. Also probably got more muscle mass than the joints and bones are designed for.

BigDawg

March 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

The dawgs will be back on top soon!!

Tim Tucker

March 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

Dawg Fan: Although shoulder injuries have always been very common in football, I agree that it does seem UGA has had more than its share the past couple of years. Then again, there have been a lot of high-profile shoulder injuries elsewhere too. Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy, for example.

The D

March 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

Thanks for the Friday update Tim. Now I can go home!

The D

March 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

what about AJ Green’s shoulder, is it ok Tim?

Tim Tucker

March 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

The D: A.J. said after the first spring practice that his shoulder is 100 percent. I plan to check in with him again after practice tomorrow.

Einsteindawg

March 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

Hooray for a real DC…thank you Coach Grantham for coming to UGA. As for Willie, who didn’t know that you don’t recruit or need 5′8″ cornerbacks since most wide receivers are 6′+. Memo to CMR: From now on, hire coaches who can coach up, not roomies (or you may be the next Ray Golf, Jim Donnan).

Nashville Dawg

March 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

Keep working Trinton. I really hope you get some good playing time after what has happened. I miss your end zone dance during the Fl game.

Delbert D.

March 19th, 2010
6:05 pm

Not better cornerbacks, but taller cornerbacks? Huh?

cantondawg

March 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

I think Coach Belin is going to be an excellent hire. First of all, he was a recruiting coordinator so you know he should be good at that. Plus, Vanderbilt has had good defenses under him. I’m really excited about recruiting taller corners. Wr now at 6 foot plus and 200+ pounds. We need someone to get physical and fight with them over the ball.

jerry

March 19th, 2010
6:46 pm

How tall is too tall?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 19th, 2010
6:51 pm

I like the what’s the name of UGA’s fight song link listed above… Isn’t it just really “The Battle Hymn of the Republic?”

But let me guess… You guys had it first, right?

ChuyDawg

March 19th, 2010
7:07 pm

I hope CTG is not just being a statesman with his kind comments about CRG, but we will know exactly how cool everybody is once the season gets started and we run accross some adversity.
Is it just me or does it seem that CTG is wired differently than how CMR is? I hope this doesn’t create any issues in the future because CTG seems the type to speak his mind and we all know that CMR is nothing close to that.
I am pulling for Sturdivant all the way, hope he can make through the whole season next year.
Go Dawgs

jay

March 19th, 2010
7:23 pm

Maybe Trinton should walk away, while he can still walk.

Better coaches

March 19th, 2010
7:28 pm

Better coaches

March 19th, 2010
7:29 pm

Good luck Trinton!!! Anything is possible!

south

March 19th, 2010
7:31 pm

Diamond Dog- yes…we had it first

icedawg

March 19th, 2010
7:36 pm

I’m liking what I am hearing on defense. Taller corners. I think that we’ve been mismatched for the past couple of years in the defensive backfield. Our opponents have had a field day throwing on us. That has opened up the run so we had trouble stopping anyone. The scores reflect this. It was time for a change and will be interesting to see how the defense performs this year. Hopefully we can recruit what we really want.

jellybeandawg

March 19th, 2010
8:15 pm

The chronic shoulder injuries that have plagued us since Richts arrival have to be related to the Strength program in some way. Something we are doing or overdoing or whatever it is there is no way its a coincidence.
I don’t remember Goff or Donnan ever having chronic shoulder problems year after year like we do now. Of course with Donnan it was always some sort of muscle cramp which again was related to something they were or were not doing properly in the S&C program.

jellybeandawg

March 19th, 2010
8:22 pm

Yea Icedawg…. Tall corners…. What a revelation. It was a joke that year after year we would recruit these 5′ 7 midget corners and match them to 6′ + receivers time and time again.

Lock down corners

March 19th, 2010
8:46 pm

I’m pretty sure UGA always went after the tallest and fastest corners out there, but there is a whole bunch of competition out for these few and far in between players (they have their pick of schools and perhaps UGA can become a favorite)…there just aren’t that many CB’s that have it all…so, if you can’t get the size/speed guy, then the next skill to go after is speed (tall guys always look funny giving chase)…Darrell Green was 5′8″ and fast…Ronde Barber is 5′10″ and a great cover corner, so let’s hope the DAWGS can get os of the combo guys going forward

Browndog

March 19th, 2010
8:53 pm

So the Dawgs haven’t tried to recruit tall corners before now? Good corners are recruited by everyone so maybe we just could not land the really top guys, regardless of their height.

$750K

March 19th, 2010
9:01 pm

Good to know we have money to pay $750K to a football coach at a time when educational budgets are being slashed.

Ftech

March 19th, 2010
9:05 pm

Because to me we’re going to put guys out there who are physical and give effort. And if we do that, we’ll beat you—CTG

Wow! I like it. And he’s got the pedigree to prove it.

BTW-Tennessee sucks Tech C*ock!

chuck

March 19th, 2010
9:36 pm

An improved pass rush will make our corners a lot better in 2010. We didn’t have even a below average pass rush last year.

CAC

March 19th, 2010
9:47 pm

Any news on the punishment for Mett?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 19th, 2010
10:13 pm

I guess Darelle Revis couldn’t play for Grantham… And Grantham did such a bang up job as DC of the Browns. I can’t wait to hear you clowns after a couple of years with this guy.

Grantham Fan

March 19th, 2010
10:38 pm

Glad Grantham’s told Garner exactly what he’s looking for, the only way yo get the best defensive players in 2011, is for 2010 to be an amazing year for the defense. Grantham knows that. Gonna be fun.

It’s not abilities with these guys, it’s getting them to BELIEVE in their abilities. UGA hasn’t been good AT ALL in that area. These guys need to be tested, and get some easy success, and then tested at some hard challenges and succeeding there too.

Bear Bryant was the best at testing his players in the off-season. They believed by game one.

Yellow Fuzz

March 19th, 2010
10:45 pm

How bout them Jackets

Stinger

March 19th, 2010
10:48 pm

I wouldn’t get too excited about that defense. I realize you have no baseball or basketball team to get excited, but you better not count on that defense to do anything. In fact they will realize Willie wasn’t the problem. The players are.

Stinger

March 19th, 2010
10:50 pm

Did Mett get his raise?

BigMike Said...

March 19th, 2010
10:51 pm

Be advised that to have an effective 3-4, you must find a 330 to 340lbs NT, YOUR BACKERS must be quick and give great angles. Now lets play ball and win it all!

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March 19th, 2010
11:14 pm

hind tit

March 19th, 2010
11:15 pm

all the tall players seem to be moving to the offensive said of the ball.seems to be oppisite from years past.if i was tall and fast i would concentrate on d-back in highschool. the sky’s the limit for this type player.

Dawglasville

March 19th, 2010
11:25 pm

Diamond Dog, Yellow Fuzz, Stinger- go home. Hasn’t all of this back and forth lost it’s luster? Put on a smile for your basketball team, gloat about your baseball team, study hard, stay in school and one day you will see just how childish all of this crap is.

The Real Texas Dawg

March 19th, 2010
11:40 pm

Refreshing….no more 5-6″ 157lb corners! Our weakness that has hampered our “D” for years since Richt arrived. Some 6-0″, 6-1″ or 6-2″ trollers will serve notice on the smaller WR in this conference. Be physical and mnake a play….the recipe of champions!

RED DOG 77

March 19th, 2010
11:58 pm

Stinger and Fuzzy………..What in the name of sanity are you boys talking about? We drill the living crap out of you every year {correction 9 of last 10 yrs } and you come on our site and talk smack to us? Congratulations on winning the ACC last year. I mean that sincerily, you had a very successful year…………..but you coudn’t beat us and you lost your bowl game, Again ! So chill out guys, you seem to do well in the ACC, but you can’t carry the University of Georgia’s water bucket. So boys, unless you have something intelligent to say, it would be in your best interest to just not say it. You look foolish playing the games you play. Regards, RED

RED DOG 77

March 20th, 2010
12:13 am

Now to the subject of the story…….. I have a gut feel CMR outdid his own expectations when he hired Grantham, Belin, Lakatos……..and held on to Rodney Garner…….Winning football starts with chemistry ! I’ve seen average teams through the years that had good chemistry become bigtime winners, perhaps you’ve seen the same. It would appear to me Coach Todd Grantham is doing everything he can to develope chemistry first, with his coaches and players. He has the talent, and personally, regardless of what you read, converting to an attack 3-4, is much simpler because players can finally pin their ears back and drill the living crap out of someone ! Thats fun to a young college kid trying to make a name for himself…………GO DOGS !!! GATA !!! The 2010 UGA football season is, well, you know, lookin-up !!

historical dawg

March 20th, 2010
12:21 am

diamond dawg, Since the battle hymn of the republic was published in 1862 by julia ward howe, UGA had already been around for 77 years! I think we may have a case of plagerism by miss howe! Think about it!

historical dawg

March 20th, 2010
12:24 am

You do the math!

SOUTHGADAWG88

March 20th, 2010
1:10 am

Tanner Strickland has had a tough time so far at UGA

Dawgforlife

March 20th, 2010
1:51 am

Stinger shows up on every Dog related story and asks if Mett got a raise. Its his thing. It was even kinda cute the first 200 times, and for the cuteness, I let it pass without rebuttal. But, now I think its time to rebutte. So, here goes….how about those 11 ineligible athletes ya’ll used?…uh, did they get honorary degreees so they could start earning those huge salaries ya’ll keep bragging about?…but, I guess, if you have a first rate educational institution and a 3rd rate football team, debating salaries from degrees would be easier.

$750K

March 20th, 2010
6:29 am

Waaaaaaa! Waaaaaaa! Waaaaaaa! Where’s mommie?

70 Tons of Trash

March 20th, 2010
7:33 am

We don’t seem to have a trash problem over here in Tuscaloosa. Everyone keeps up with themselves. You can find thousands of people with tents, grills, the whole works on campus and it’s clean as a whistle the next morning.

NC Dawg

March 20th, 2010
7:40 am

Sturdivant is too heavy! Everyone talked about what great shape he was in before his return last season. I thought he looked way too big, which resulted in yet another injury. He re-injured his knee simply running. If he plans another comeback, he needs to get some weight off.

Louie

March 20th, 2010
7:51 am

Well where do I start.

Out of the loop lately, HOW BOUT THE JACKETS !!!!!!!!!!!! Huge win over OK State….

jackhammer, whats up son ??

”As the Mutt Turns” gets better EVERYDAY. Now m. adams has shut down the drunk parties on Cow Town campus, eliminating early homesteading with tents, kegs and wide screen tv’s. Guess the drunk starts at home so look for a TON of DUI’S as mutts try to drive to the games. LOTS of check points and arrests.

STILL…………. L M F A O.

LATER.