(Updated 8:40 p.m.)
ATHENS — Georgia coaches were concerned about depth at outside linebacker even before one of their most promising players at the position, Montez Robinson, was kicked off the team last weekend.
So they tried to shore up the position at Tuesday’s practice by shifting Darryl Gamble there from inside linebacker, where he had worked exclusively this spring.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Gamble said they talked last week about cross-training Gamble, a rising senior, at outside linebacker. “And with the situation that just came up, it’s obviously a natural fit now,” Grantham said.
The situation, of course, was that Robinson was kicked off the team after he was jailed Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery/family violence, his third arrest in five months.
The dismissal of Robinson left the Bulldogs with just three scholarship players at outside linebacker — Justin Houston, Cornelius Washington and Chase Vasser. Robinson and walk-on Reuben Faloughi had been the top backups behind Houston and Washington through most of spring practice.
“I guess I was the next best available to move,” Gamble said. “I was, like, ‘Somebody has got to help them [at the position]; why not me?’”
Said Grantham, who coaches the outside linebackers: “I thought [Gamble] did a real good job today. I thought he made some plays. . . . It was a good first day.”
Coach Mark Richt said after Tuesday’s practice that it’s his guess the move will stick and Gamble will play outside linebacker in the fall.
The Dogs are considerably deeper at inside linebacker, where they have six scholarship players not counting Gamble –- Akeem Dent, Christian Robinson, Marcus Dowtin, Richard Samuel, Akeem Hebron and Michael Gilliard. Dent and Robinson were working as the first team inside linebackers Tuesday.
“Our whole deal is . . . the guys who produce and make plays and give us the best chance to win are the guys we’re going to put on the field,” Grantham said. “And to do that sometimes you got to move guys around.”
Other notes from Tuesday’s practice: