Notes and quotes on position change, injuries (updated), QB race

(Updated 11:30 a.m.)

Justin Anderson seems intrigued and excited about his move from offensive line to defensive line, where he’ll probably play the nose position in Georgia’s new 3-4 defense.

Anderson said he first heard rumblings about a possible move in January but didn’t believe it would happen until coach Mark Richt called him into his office early last week.

“What was explained to me was that I was needed more on the defensive line than the offensive line,” Anderson said. “Because the offensive line has some depth with Tanner [Strickland] and Trint [Sturdivant] coming back [from injuries] and on the defensive line we lost Kade [Weston] and Jeff [Owens and Geno Atkins]. So we need to fill some bodies on defense. So I was like, ‘Of course. Change can’t hurt.’”

Anderson won’t be able to practice at his new position until summer, because he’s sidelined this spring after January surgery on his right shoulder. In the meantime, he plans to “learn as much as I can” from attending D-line meetings and studying the playbook, and he plans to drop 13 or 14 pounds to play the new position at about 320.

Anderson played on both the offensive and defensive lines at Irwin County High School. He said he was recruited mostly as an offensive lineman, although he noted that Georgia Tech wanted him as a defensive lineman.

“I feel like I got better as an offensive lineman [at Georgia], but injuries set me back,” Anderson said. “I just haven’t had a good career yet. I’m thankful I have two more years left to do what I can do.”

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Here’s an update on backup offensive lineman A.J. Harmon’s injury in Saturday’s scrimmage: He has a high ankle sprain, UGA said this morning, and will be sidelined for the remainder of spring practice.

On an earlier blog, someone asked about tailback Dontavious Jackson’s performance in the scrimmage. Jackson did not participate because of an ankle sprain.

Others who didn’t scrimmage because of injuries: OLB Justin Houston (shoulder), WR Marlon Brown (shoulder), WR Israel Troupe (hamstring) and TE Bruce Figgins (hamstring). None of those injuries are believed to be severe.

Full report on Saturday’s scrimmage is here.

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Here’s tight end Aron White’s  take from late last week on the quarterbacks:

“I think they’re all doing really great.  [Zach] Mettenberger has come out there and continued to perform. Logan Gray is probably in the best shape he’s ever been in; I think he looks like a specimen. Aaron [Murray] has been doing very well also; he’s a guy who’s a tremendous worker and puts in a lot of time outside practice.  . . . It’s just so hard to tell at this point. . . . Whoever the coaches put in there, I feel like is going to get the job done, because all of them are very capable.”

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No football practice today. Georgia practices Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week. Saturday will be the second scrimmage of the spring in Sanford Stadium.

283 comments Add your comment

Blindog

March 29th, 2010
10:09 am

Breda

March 29th, 2010
10:12 am

Another year, another position for Justin Anderson.

Andrew

March 29th, 2010
10:18 am

JB

March 29th, 2010
10:18 am

If the running game is clicking early and the D shows much improvement, we could win 9 or 10 this year.I hope these 3 new defensive coach’s can change the game prep, game day mojo and get us playing great right off the bat. Boy, some games under Willie we really looked lost.

Dog Dawg

March 29th, 2010
10:27 am

Is it just me or does it seem like some of these injuries seem to be hanging around for unusually long periods of time?

dolby conn

March 29th, 2010
10:31 am

Lots of teams have players move form 1 side of the ball to the other to help the team at a position where there’s depth or experience issues. Florida has a defensive guy moving to tight end because of his size for blocking. So it’s normal for a player to make a move to help his team.

Pollack wasn’t a DE originally, but turned out 3 time All-American, so the UGA Coaches know what they’re doing.

nickz

March 29th, 2010
10:31 am

It seems like Mett would be in the lead right now, and with his size and big arm I think he has the most upside since Murray is undersized. Too bad Mett decided to get arrested over spring break and ruin his chances…nice call there Zach…I hope it was worth it.

Craig

March 29th, 2010
10:32 am

Why is it always a race to see who posts first?! No one cares. Post something interesting instead.

junkman's Daughter's Brother

March 29th, 2010
10:37 am

Craig, why are you so concerned with those who are concerned about posting first? Post something interesting instead.

TheItalianDawg

March 29th, 2010
10:39 am

Tell me how in the world that the diamond dogs up by 8 runs lead heading to the 9th inning and lose the game. this is the worse coaching job ever by Peterno, its not only this game many others ended with similar fashion. This is unacceptable, Georgia is very inconsistent team and this totally lies on Peterno shoulder. you talking about miracles, you damn right miracles are happening but to the opponent teams who are whopping our butts every week! sorry I know its a football blog but Im a dawg and I hate to see this rubbish without commenting.

dolby conn

March 29th, 2010
10:39 am

Of course Aaron White will be pulling for his high school teammate Logan Gray. But Logan’s No. 3 right now with the scrimmage stats. Murray is No. 1 with his 67% completion rate, and Zach is No. 2. I have Zach No. 2 because of his lack of leadership skills, particulary, his off-the-field decision making. But after Zach’s 70% completion day, and no interception day in the scrimmage, Zach is closing the gap.

JMac 01203

March 29th, 2010
10:41 am

I want to hear from all you Zach haters when he winds up beating Aaron the Great for the starting job.

DawgNation

March 29th, 2010
10:45 am

I think Justin Anderson’s move to the defensive side will work out just fine. I really like his attitude towards the move and his willingness to dive in and learn all he can while getting over the injury.

I agree with Dog Dawg that it does seem a long time for some of the injuries but I hope that the word out of camp is true and non are very severe and these guys can get out there and learn their positions quickly.

As far as the QB race is concerned that has been beaten to death in other blogs this weekend and there really is nothing more that can be added till after the G-Game.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

March 29th, 2010
10:53 am

(((((30 24)))))

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 29th, 2010
10:56 am

Has D.Jackson been injured since he came to UGA? Feel bad for the guy but i don’t see him ever starting a game only mop up

dolby conn

March 29th, 2010
10:56 am

The good news for UGA is, you got 3 Elite 11 QB’s in Logan, Zach, and Aaron. Hutson Mason, the 4th UGA QB, just threw for 5500 yards and 55 td’s with 72% completion rate and is a Parade All-American and won’t be on campus for a couple more months–nice size–love the guy’s skills. Aaron and Zach were the highest ranked QB’s coming out of high school, but none of that matters now.

Propos to Zach Mett:
I am most impressed that Zach’s footwork has vastly improved, he seemed 1000 times better in his accuracy, just like he said. Zach went 2 for 20 last spring 2009, so 7 for 10 in 2010 is an amazing improvement. Zach also beat Aaron and Logan when it came to total yards, longest pass, and average yards per catch. And to throw ZERO interceptions, can’t tell you how important that is in 2010–might be the #1 most important thing for the UGA offense to improve, besides recovering fumbles. Zach’s the funniest guy on the UGA team–he can really keep guys light–Zach could use that humor to become a leader–VERY likable guy–like a Bradshaw or Farve or Moreno or Pollack in that regard.

Stinger

March 29th, 2010
10:57 am

You will win 7 games at best this year. Gray is your best bet for QB this year. The 2 freshmen will make a ton of mistakes and you will be calling for their heads just like you did for Cox. Cetain loses are Florida, Tenn, Aub, and Tech. South Carolina is likely a lose too.

Bryan G.

March 29th, 2010
11:02 am

Italiandawg…I think you mean “Perno”?

dawgfan

March 29th, 2010
11:04 am

Murray seems to be the sentimental favorite for some reason, but there has been nothing to suggest that he has set himself apart from Mett. All things being equal, it would be hard to pass up on Mett’s size and arm strength. However, I would be nervous about what Bobo would do if we had a guy like Mett taking the snaps. We’d turn in to a Pac 10 team circa mid-00’s throwing the ball all over the place like its freaking flag football. Bobo would like nothing more. Mett is his dream.

John

March 29th, 2010
11:05 am

I agree the QB race is being talked into the ground! But, it’s the real appealing story of the spring, here goes: I like Murray for his arm+athleticism. With him starting behind a vet off line and beside 2 proven R Backs, we could lead the SEC in rushing and THAT should mean something! However, Mett’s cannon intrigues me, because if we ever have the off line to protect a true pocket passer, it’s now! He could really throw it all over the field and put scary points on the board. I don’t like anything I’ve seen out of Gray, other than his attitude. He seems to be a real team guy, and we’ve got depth issues at reciever, so I think we should slide him over there. Well, there you have it, my take on the QB race. Since coach Richt obviously reads this blog, maybe he’ll take my advice! We’ll see come spring, it ought to be interesting, if nothing else!

Jaydawg

March 29th, 2010
11:08 am

Could be Stinger…but we all know where 1 of those 7 wins are coming from.30-24.HAHA!

SOOHSO

March 29th, 2010
11:09 am

Sounds like same old boring 9-4 or 10-3 season. How many more years or decades do we have to wait for a NC?

DawgNation

March 29th, 2010
11:09 am

Stinger,

Out of the 5 I see Florida as the one to possibly beat the Dogs the others should be a win. However this being college football you just never know. That is what makes it so interesting. The QB mistakes you speak off I anticipate but I feel the line and running game will help our new QB find his way in this system. Also the new defense I feel will help get teams offensives off the field more giving better chances for scoring drives from our offense.

ga gator

March 29th, 2010
11:10 am

dolby conn, your comments sound as you attend practice. Is that true?

DawginLex

March 29th, 2010
11:11 am

Stinger, we might lose a game or two along the way but the Institute won’t be one of them.

TUCK FECH

March 29th, 2010
11:12 am

Stinger Tech will Lose another Bowl game this year and the DAWGS will kick Tech A$$ AS USUAL!!!!

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

March 29th, 2010
11:15 am

can aj green play defense ? he should try if he wants to keep up with jolio jones these days,jones is playing safety along with wr this spring. RTR

STEINER

March 29th, 2010
11:16 am

TheItalianDawg:
You can’t even spell the coaches’ name right….You got him mixed up with the guy who is the head coach at Penn State….You need more credibility to come on here and state your opinion, such as having a clue about Georgia Baseball and who the head coach is….Coach Perno didn’t give up the 8 runs, his bullpen did, moron….Go root for another team…..

Stinger's Adversary

March 29th, 2010
11:17 am

Stinger are you willing to put your money where your mouth is:

Stinger

March 29th, 2010
10:57 am

You will win 7 games at best this year. Gray is your best bet for QB this year. The 2 freshmen will make a ton of mistakes and you will be calling for their heads just like you did for Cox. Cetain loses are Florida, Tenn, Aub, and Tech. South Carolina is likely a lose too

We havent won less than 8 games in fifteen years..and your assumption is that we will be worse than last year???? If true mark Richt will be gone but i am willing to bet we win at least 8 games on pure merit!!!!

TUCK FECH

March 29th, 2010
11:20 am

Rammer Jammer Did Bama lose that so many people on Defense that J Jones has to play both ways? Wow

STEINER

March 29th, 2010
11:22 am

Stinger:
You still toting that a$$ whipping from November 28 last year, if that is really you….Be interesting to see what Ole Pugnacious Paul can do without all those NFL types that Coach Chan left him with….And you include Tech in the group of UGA’s likely losses, but you really don’t believe it….You win 1 every 10 years, about par for the course for Tech…..

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

March 29th, 2010
11:23 am

SABAN loves two-way guys ala michael clayton at lsu.howed that work out for them

Mateo

March 29th, 2010
11:26 am

Why do Tech fans talk on our blog. Do they not have a state loser blog somewhere? The truth is I think Tech fans know they suck ass and now they are trying to jump ship to the RED and BLACK side. Its like this, if UGA only won two games all year we as fans could swallow that. As long as those two wins were Tech and Gators.

Tim Tucker

March 29th, 2010
11:30 am

I added an update above on A.J. Harmon’s leg injury from Saturday. He has a high ankle sprain and will miss the rest of spring practice.

TUCK FECH

March 29th, 2010
11:32 am

Eight starters gone off Bama’s Defense will be hard to replace Rammer Jammer!

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

March 29th, 2010
11:32 am

hey tuck feck to answer your question …yes… 5 out of 6 in dime package are gone 4 to pros and 1 in the dog house…LOTS of young talent to break in though

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

March 29th, 2010
11:36 am

db’s only concern, the front 7 will be nasty all have plenty of playing time. big and fast

WonderDawg

March 29th, 2010
11:41 am

Wow! I hadn’t even heard Richt got replaced at head coach by dolby conn. Coach conn, please just tell us who you will name the starter. We are dying to know …

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

March 29th, 2010
11:41 am

but db’s are SABAN’s specialty so there may not be that much dropoff, with the top db in the country each of the last 3 years competing ,

[...] is blitzing more and using more man coverage in its new 3-4 system.5.  Tight end Aron White says all of UGA’s quarterbacks are looking good this spring.6.  Bruce Pearl said Tennessee’s loss in the Elite Eight “won’t go [...]

POSER

March 29th, 2010
11:41 am

Lets be real stinger, CMR figured out he needs to play SEC football when he plays any ACC team. Good hardnose hitting, tackling, big strong hard to tackle running backs. Big strong O line and whip the others up front. I’m no big dog fan but thats just the facts. I would love to see Tech be competitive with UGA. I had 2 older brothers, one went to Tech the other to UGA. So I am no hater either way. But thats the way it is!

run the ball

March 29th, 2010
11:43 am

If we want to contend for the SEC we must be a power running team. CMB should utilize our two fullbacks from scrimmage more. How about 6 carries from the fullback position.? Let’s play to our strengths, the offensive line and our backfield. What is CMR’s record when we have a back rush for over 100 yards? It’s not hard to deduct that perhaps that should be priority #1. The Vols are beatable and so are the Gayturds. We could be very good this year.

WonderDawg

March 29th, 2010
11:48 am

I hope if Mettinberger is named starter, he doesn’t find about it til the kickoff on game day, so he can’t celebrate with a 12-pack

Dawgforlife

March 29th, 2010
11:53 am

Stionger, a certain loss to Tech who beat no one and lost their four best players in maybe ever to the NFL draft..you my friend are the team likely to struggle to win 7 games

aw

March 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

Before it is all said and done. Richt will waste Marlon Brown a very talented wide receiver. It doesn’t matter though, he will still lose to Florida. Eastern Division nemisis

JC in Powder Springs

March 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

Dawgs have won 10 (or more) games in 6 of CMR’s 9 seasons. Only 1 team on the Dawgs 2010 schedule can match that level of success. Considering the talent returning, improved D coaching, and the loss of talent for the other SEC-east teams (and gt), I expect the Dawgs to do much better this year – 11 wins seems very do-able. I think 9 wins would actually reflect a poor season. Expectations SHOULD be high for the Dawgs.

dawgfan

March 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

Dontavius Jackson will see some playing time when he gets healthy again Up to the scrimmage he has been taking reps with the other 3 RB’s Dawg nation just give him a chance when he does get on the field He will Impress you.

dawgfan

March 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

run the ball, I’m not confident that Bobo even knows what a fullback is. He probably did at one point, but it has slipped his mind. Bobo has not utilized a fullback for anything significant since 2007. Bobo completely abandoned the I formation in 2009 for mysterious reasons. I really think that Richt has gradually turned more and more control of the offense over to him and the results speak for themselves. We are evolving in to a west coast Pac 10 type of offense that puzzy foots around the field and gets smacked in the mouth by big, athletic, and well coached defenses. Needless to say, that won’t cut it in the SEC.

Blue Max

March 29th, 2010
12:16 pm

JC in Powder Springs, I hope all dogs are happy with the 10 win stat you all quote about CMR. I hope he stays in athens forever. How many times has he lost to Vandy and Ky in that stretch? What is his record in the SEC the last 5 years? Reality is he is an average coach, but hey Im glad ya’ll like him.

There are jerks everywhere...

March 29th, 2010
12:16 pm

Mateo, I have no clue why Tech fans post stupid comments on this blog, nor why Dawg fans post stupid comments on the Tech site. For some reason, football seems to bring out all the jerks. What they don’t realize (on both sides), it that it just does more harm that good … It makes them and the school/team for which they are rooting look bad.