Coaches visit Montez Robinson in jail; also, Richt’s pitch to OLB recruits

No football practice Wednesday. Georgia practices Thursday and Friday, then completes spring ball with the G-Day game on Saturday. Meanwhile, some items from a full notebook:

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At least two Georgia coaches, Mark Richt and Rodney Garner, have visited Montez Robinson, the linebacker dismissed from the team on Sunday, in Clarke County Jail.

“He’s just hurting. He’s suffering,” Richt said of Robinson. “But we’re helping him understand that he can still have a bright future from this point forward if he does what he’s supposed to do, what he needs to do.”

Said Garner, the assistant coach who recruited Robinson to Georgia: “I’m disappointed [and] hurt, but like I told him [Monday], he can’t let this define him. He made a mistake, he’s got to deal with it, and he’s got to learn from it. He still can achieve every goal he has.”

Robinson was kicked off the team after being arrested Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery/family violence, his third arrest in five months. A judge set bond at $10,000 on the charge,  but Robinson will remain in jail at least until a probation-violation hearing.

Both Richt and Garner said Robinson has the ability to resume a major-college football career elsewhere at some point.

“Obviously, he’s got to take a detour route to get there, but if he’ll keep his nose clean from this day forward, he’ll be able to play at pretty much any school he wants to when he comes out of junior college,” Garner said. “That’s what he’s got to do -– focus on getting his life together, getting his academics together, doing the right thing, learning from this.”

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Garner said Tuesday night that the first-team defensive line at the moment has DeAngelo Tyson at nose, Demarcus Dobbs at right end and Abry Jones at left end. Garner added that his group also must get “quality snaps” from backups Kiante Tripp and Brandon Wood.

It’s been a particularly challenging spring for the D-line, which is transitioning to the new 3-4 alignment with only one player (Dobbs) with prior UGA starting experience.

“We’re making some progress . . . but we’ve still got a ways to go,” Garner said. “We’ve got to improve fundamentally. We’ve got to continue to develop players, and we’ve got to continue to develop them within the system we’re putting in.

“That’s the biggest challenge for my guys -– none of them have ever been, I guess, starters other than Dobbs, and he’s in new waters. DeAngelo and Abry, they’ve been role guys. Now you got to step up to the plate and be the guy. It’s different being a guy and the guy.”

Garner got a reminder Tuesday of all the experience lost on the D-line from last season’s team.

Geno [Atkins] happened to be out there at practice,” Garner said, “and I was, like, ‘As bad a headache as you were, I’d sure love to have that headache back.’”

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Richt had some major praise for cornerback Vance Cuff’s spring.

“He has gained a lot of confidence and has made a bunch of great plays this spring,” Richt said Tuesday night. “I think he’s played the best of the corners in the spring.”

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Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seems increasingly intrigued by converted tailback Richard Samuel’s potential to contribute at inside linebacker this year.

“We’re really working to try to progress [Samuel] because he does show up as far as his ability to run and chase,” Grantham said. “We’re trying to work with him to see if we can find a role with him as we move forward with our team.”

Grantham said a key challenge for Samuel is “diagnosing blocking schemes.”

“He has a feel for where the ball is going, but is it a downhill run, is it a wide play?” Grantham said. “With Richard, it’s more the recognition of blocks and where I need to fit based upon the call. And that just comes with experience and reps.”

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And finally, speaking of Georgia’s lack of depth at outside linebacker, Richt said: “If you’re a recruit and you want to play outside linebacker in a hurry, sign up. We need help.”

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Click here for a story on Todd Grantham’s first spring in 12 years coaching in college.

213 comments Add your comment

Bobby Bowden

April 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

Glad my boy Mark didn’t kick him off the team after he was arrested the second time. I train my assistants well.

AlpharettaBulldog

April 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

AlpharettaBulldog

April 7th, 2010
1:46 pm

Paul in RDU

April 7th, 2010
1:46 pm

It’s nice to see that CMR and Garner have visited Robinson in Clarke County Jail – shows class and caring

Urban Meyer

April 7th, 2010
1:48 pm

“We’re really working to try to progress [Samuel] because he does show up as far as his ability to run and chase,” Grantham said. “We’re trying to work with him to see if we can find a role with him as we move forward with our team.”

He had better learn how to chase, because the people in front of him are terrible.

BullDawg Rick

April 7th, 2010
1:48 pm

Looking forward to a Beautiful day at Sanford Stadium in the Classic City..

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 7th, 2010
1:48 pm

GO Dawgs!!!!!!!

Urban Meyer

April 7th, 2010
1:50 pm

I am interested in what happens saturday so I can plan how long the first string will need to play in Jax past hafltime.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 7th, 2010
1:54 pm

All we need to do is put some weight on those boys up front and we will be ok. Line backers are the biggest weapon in the 3-4 defense. Not saying you don’t d-line to play well, your linebackers create more pressure with tricking qb’s and blitz’s constantly. We need are d-line to be huge and fast and fill holes quick so LB’s can do there jobs. I love the idea of 3-4 defense at Georgia the athletes with have suits ths style very well. Its agressive!! However it’s going to take all spring and summer to become affective i see are offense having a really good G-Game GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

*the atheletes we have suit this style sorry black berry’s buttons small

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

Urban- I hope your wife keeps the bathroom clean. You may ended up curled up on the floor a few times this season.

wishywashymeyer

April 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

I quit, wait, I dont, wait, i quit, wait, I dont. Family is my focus, wait, no football is my focus, no wait Tebow is more important than my family, no…I dont know…only thing I know is I LOVE TEBOW….I mean REALLLLLLLLLY LOVE ME SOME TEBOW…oops.

Gator Hater

April 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

I’d reply to Urban Meyer’s posts above, but then I remembered that he doesn’t take kindly to the whole Freedom of the Press thing. Posting anything on this site might be seen as yet another horrendous act of free speech regarding his Gators, and that would make me a “bad guy” who should “stay away” from their practice field. Gosh – I hope he doesn’t ban the AJC like he threatened to do to the Orlando Sentinel or whatever it’s called. That would be just TERRIBLE!

barneyb

April 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

Yes, it shows class and compassion for them to visit this thug in jail. However, still no discipline on this team.

chipperdawg

April 7th, 2010
2:25 pm

Wish I could be there Saturday. Gotta help put a new roof on our church. We’ll be listening on the radio, however. Looking forward to hearing how the Qbs fare in the scrimmage. From what I’m hearing, Zach has really come a long way in a hurry. It would sure be nice if the drop off from 1st to 2nd string isn’t much, like back in the days of Green and Shockley.

17 of 20

April 7th, 2010
2:27 pm

The mighty Gators will scoue 58 points on the dogs this year.

Once Proud Bulldawg

April 7th, 2010
2:28 pm

This shows the kind of athlete UGA attracts. If you are a bum with criminal tendencies and can play a little ball, you are guaranteed a free ride at UGA.

jdog

April 7th, 2010
2:28 pm

Urban, You don’t sound very rational. You didn’t stop taking your medicine again did you?

Poor fella.

Just ignore him Dawg fans or he may curl up in the floor again.

Iceman

April 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

17 of 20… and the Dawgs will score 59.

BobDog

April 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

Richard Samuel is going to be interesting to watch. For what his lack of success at running back was, he had breakaway speed in the SEC. Playing at middle linebacker, he’ll be phenomenal if he learns the system.

RxDawg

April 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

Ha, love that last comment. My guess is we should pull in some pretty nice LB’s and WR’s in this years recruiting class.

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

April 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

That a way to plug your OLB need Coach!!! TJ and a couple of the young pups will fill some of that need when they get on campus…That’s too funny! Love you Coach Richt! Your the Man! Now back to work!

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out…it may not be like everyone thought/thinks coming into the season, but it’s going to be fun none the less! G-Day Sat!!!! Lets Get It On!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

C from Marietta

April 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

To Once Proud Bulldawg,

So, when did you graudate of Tech? Pretending to be a UGA fan, when your really a Tech fan. That is really sad.

PULPWOOD

April 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

“Once Proud Bulldawg” is clearly an imposter (and a buffoon). All of these kids have multiple offers from the same schools. Everyone recruits them, and they pick a school. The fact of the matter is that 99% of these kids are great kids. There’s an idiot or two on every team in America, and there’s no school around that doesn’t have kids get into criminal trouble from time to time (not even Tech- see 100 lbs of marijuana in the trunk). So, shut your pie hole and get a clue, you freakin moron. Why even bother to post such garbage? It’s easy I guess to post such venemous garbage on the internet. You’ve probably been arrested yourself for something.

David

April 7th, 2010
2:54 pm

Amazing how a story actually showing a nice, genuine and compassionate gesture by two good men immediately turns into idiotic, thoughtless, inane postings by people who have nothing better to do than to think of a negetive angle on EVERYTHING. Get a life.

Montez Mania

April 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Mark “2-7″ Richt visited Mr. Montez in prison? Good for him!

HungryDawg

April 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

the Urban Meyer poster is just a jealous Yech fan hiding behind the Gay-tors as usual. Nothing new.

dap01

April 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

A little off subject, but didn’t Urban sound like an idiot with the Orlando reporter? What arrogance! “If I was his dad, we would be gettin it on”. What a freak! Does a football coach think that he has that much power?

Gator Fans Really?

April 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

Yall make me proud to be a Georgia Bulldawg fan. You are classless, period.

urban meyer

April 7th, 2010
3:08 pm

I’m not sure if I’ll even be in Jacksonville. Sometimes I wanna be here and sometimes I need a break. Sometimes I even have dreams of what is to come. booo hooo, im a premadonna!!!!!

Urban Really??

April 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

I wonder if Urban knows that the reporter he threatened was a black belt in Karate. What a shock to his ego that would have been.

richt was at the jail for another reason

April 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

richt happened to be at the clarke county jail to check on the additions of a new cell block strictly for georgia football players. apparently it will have a weight room as well as tvs where they can watch film. they will be able to practice each day for one hour in the exercise yard. and if any more uga players get arrested they will need a completely new jail, not just an addition.

Spike

April 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

That is a nice gesture you would not see from a lot of coaches and people to visit him in jail. Kudos to them for doing it. Why not just leave it at that?

Debose

April 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

Gator Hater
April 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

You must be one angry man if you are indeed a Gator Hater. What do you hate more seeing them win Titles in 96,2006, and 2008 or the long….long car ride home from Jacksonville?

Gator Eater

April 7th, 2010
3:10 pm

Yeah, right, UF is such a discipline team. Eye gouging in front of national tv, what a dumb a$$. Oh, shoot, here comes Meyer. My god, he just suspended me half game for not booing crocs.

Taxi Dawg

April 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

Mark “2-7″ Richt just had to settle up with the cops for the taxi incident, he was already there so he visited the jailed young man.

Dixie Clear

April 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

did you really say jail visits?!?!……priceless

gtfanfrom1951

April 7th, 2010
3:22 pm

UGA needs to clean up its act. I’m tired of all thugs giving the state a bad name. How many dogs have been in jail?

Devildog

April 7th, 2010
3:29 pm

Montez has proven he’s a thug. Forget him.

Former big supporter of Dawgs

April 7th, 2010
3:36 pm

One reason many have left–thug central continues in Athens. Whatever happened to student athletes like when Vincent Dooley coached? I’ll be back when Richt is fired.

McDawg

April 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

why was that woman allowed any contact and vice-versa in the first place

Athens Dawg

April 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

The front 7 on defense scares me for next year. Not liking what I’m hearing from the scrimmages.

FSU

April 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

Richt is Bobby Bowden light. The same discpline problems without the titles.

DollarDawg43

April 7th, 2010
3:46 pm

Glad they took the time to visit him. I support his removal from the team but there is still a human being involved there; probably little more than a scared kid now that everything he had worked for is gone for the interim period.

Anything he was once (perhaps too) proud of has been taken away but he is still someone’s child (picture your own doing something stupid once they pass into ‘adulthood’ and you no longer control so much of their life) and not some piece of trash to be discarded at the end of the day.

I pray for he and his family that he can learn from this and rebuild his young life. He can’t wear the red and black, nor do I want him to, but he still has a lifetime in front of to make a success out of.

athenian

April 7th, 2010
3:50 pm

If a converted tailback who couldn’t make it as a runner has a chance to be an inside lb for the dogs they don’t have much talent, do they? What happened to all of those 4 stars and 5 stars? Oh, they were all QB’s, safeties, corners, receivers. Hard to turn them into D linemen and LB’s, huh?

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Not surprised to have issues on the DL…we lost 3 NFL caliber players…it should be expected.Fall camp will let us know what’s what…Geathers and Anderson could make a big difference at NT allowing us to play Tyson at DE where he could be outstanding.

NewnanDawg

April 7th, 2010
3:55 pm

DollarDawg – well said; actually very similar to the comments Coach Richt himself made about Robinson’s future.

Go Dawgs!

UGASlobberknocker

April 7th, 2010
3:57 pm

Once Proud Bulldog..

He was proud until his 770 SAT excluded him from UGA. Now he’s bitter because the one college who would take him, Georgia Perimeter, doesnt have a football team. Dont worry, dude , theyll probably open up an Athens campus soon so all their students can pretend to be UGA students..works for every other college in the state.

NewnanDawg

April 7th, 2010
3:57 pm

athenian – he is not a “converted tailback.” Samuel played both positions in HS and was actually a more highly recruited linebacker. This is not a huge leap and if anyone saw some of the open field tackles he made on special teams, the move should work out just fine.

Go Dawgs!

Stellar coaching

April 7th, 2010
3:58 pm

Wasn’t Todd Grantham the 4th or 5th choice to be the dogs D coordinator? Didn’t this guy’s defenses finish 30th both years he was the D coordinator at Cleveland in the NFL? Stay tuned dog fans. Much more mediocrity to come. Not to mention butt whoopings from the gators.