Defensive line: Do Dogs have a nose for the new scheme?

(Note: I’m on vacation, so the UGA blog is on quasi-hiatus. But rather than shutting down entirely, I thought we could use this lull for a leisurely look at the 2010 football team. I put together synopses of the various position groups, and one posts each weekday -– last week the offense, this week the defense. Please share your thoughts, hopes, concerns, etc., about each position.)

TODAY: DEFENSIVE LINE

  • Returning starter: Senior DE Demarcus Dobbs, although his position is the same in name only in the new 3-4 alignment.
  • Others to watch: Sophomore Abry Jones is No. 1 on the latest depth chart at left end (as is Dobbs at right end), and junior DeAngelo Tyson is No. 1 at the nose position. Justin Anderson, a junior who missed spring practice after January surgery on his right shoulder, has moved from the offensive line, where he started seven games in 2008 and five in 2009, to the defensive line, where he is expected to be a big factor at nose in preseason practice.  The top backups at each position on the post-spring depth chart are senior Brandon Wood at LE, redshirt freshman Kwame Geathers at nose and senior Kiante Tripp at RE.
  • Key losses: The defensive line was decimated by the loss of three senior tackles, all of them chosen in the NFL draft — fourth-round pick Geno Atkins and seventh-round picks Jeff Owens and Kade Weston.
  • Key fact: The transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 — three down linemen and four linebackers, rather than vice versa –- comes at a propitious time for the line, given the loss of Atkins, Owens and Weston. One less spot to fill.
  • Key questions: How will the talent on hand fit the new scheme? How effective will Tyson or perhaps Anderson be at the critical nose position?
  • Recent developments: The move of the 6-5, 330-pound Anderson, decided upon during spring practice even though he was injured,  speaks to Georgia’s comfort level with the depth on its offensive line -– but also to concerns about depth on the defensive line and the nose position in particular. Anderson is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of preseason practice, and his progress at nose will be a closely watched storyline.  Said Mark Richt, speaking of the nose position: “It’s going to be a challenge to see if these guys can really control the double teams that they need to inside. That’s part of the reason we moved Justin Anderson in there — because he is a big, giant, powerful man. And if he can take to it, I think he’s going to be tough to block.”
  • Outlook: Very much a work in progress, very much an area of concern.

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Links to previous entries in this series:

Quarterbacks.

Running backs.

Tight ends.

Wide receivers.

Offensive line.

Tomorrow: Inside linebackers.

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172 comments Add your comment

The Grinch

June 21st, 2010
6:12 am

In the recent past I might have been worried, but we now finally have defensive coaches who know what they’re doing. A work in progress, yes, but one which I trust in the end results.

Tide Roll

June 21st, 2010
6:38 am

Moving Anderson is absolutely crazy. If Chris Davis was starting ahead of Anderson, that means he must be better. If he’s better, then move him to nose. This ranks right up there with the Kiante Tripp debacle. He and Anderson ought to file a claas action. Roll tide. Thanks again for James Carpenter and Chance Warmack, two Georgia earth movers that make up the left side of the Tide’s offensive line. I know Florida appreciates Maurice Hurt, Auburn Byrom Isom, Arkansas Ray Dominguuez, and especially UT, with big Jujuan James. Thanks Uga, for helping us beat you with you own homegrown talent! Roll tide!

TommyP

June 21st, 2010
6:53 am

Tide Roll: You’re obviously an idiot. So Georgia is supposed to take EVERY offensive lineman available, huh?

We appreciate Ben Jones.

Spike

June 21st, 2010
7:01 am

I’m not as worried about the three-four as I am the secondary and how they have been torched. Not to mention the stupid penalties that cost us. But we have got to better than the last two years, right?

Paddy

June 21st, 2010
7:11 am

Tide Roll…you seem to take every UGA move and somehow work in the Red Elephant aspect. It makes no sense and us Dawgs do not care one hoot about Alabama and what you may think is important. We are Georgia fans and are now warming up to talk about our football team.

BIRDDAWGONE

June 21st, 2010
7:18 am

Tide Roll , Mark Richt is 3-1 against Alabama. What are you talking about. But really, what I don’t understand is why you are on this blog. I can understand UT,GT,Auburn,South Carolina and florida. They are RIVALS. UGA and Alabama really don’t have much of a rival. In fact, UGA fans probably pull for Alabama to win often (when they play UT,GT,Auburn,South Carolina and florida).You just seem to prove what most people on these blogs say about Alabama fans.

Buckhead Bulldog

June 21st, 2010
7:19 am

Looking forward to the big fellas to tie up the O front, getting some pressure/cotainment on the ends, and sending the LB blitz packages…could be fun to ‘bark’, again!

Tide Roll

June 21st, 2010
7:22 am

Ya’ll’s coaching staff continues to feed programs you compete against with NFL calibre offensive line talent! Marcus Mcneill, Chris Scott, James Carpenter, Jujuan James and if Ed christian out of Lowndes is what I think he is: He’s going to Help Auburn Kick your butt the same way Chris Scott helped Ut do it. Oh, by the way I forgot Big Duke Robinson out of Oklahoma. As you look at these names Uga fans, an interesting pattern emerges, does’nt it. Roll Tide.

Tide Roll

June 21st, 2010
7:28 am

The most ineresting patern is 3-1 against Alabama

Huntsville Dog

June 21st, 2010
7:38 am

Tide Roll – Please find another place to read and make comments. You are pretty annoying but I guess you get joy out of that. How old are you? 12.

I am worried about the nose position. I think Tyson would be better and end than nose and this move will limit his effectiveness. Hope Geathers and Anderson can contribute at that spot.

Tide Roll

June 21st, 2010
7:41 am

I forgot. It was Anthony Mitchell out of Lovejoy who, along with Chris Scott, helped UT kick butt. By the way, how do ya’ll like Florida’s future bookend OT(s)- Xavier Nixon and Chas Green. You guys can counter with Kolton Houston and Jonatan Owens. Good luck against the Gators. Ha! Ha!

Achmed the Yello Jecket

June 21st, 2010
7:43 am

My friend Tide Roller! You know very much about these big offensive line men. How do you know this thing, what do these young boys do to make the earth move for you as you like to say?

Thank you, come again…

GT Dog

June 21st, 2010
7:47 am

Roll Tide, why are you obsessed with offensive linemen from Georgia. You have a son NOT recruited by UGA or something? Or was it you yourself?

Yeah, UT has had their way with the Dogs the last few years, but I’d hardly say their O-line has led them to the promised land.

So look chief, if you wanna have your All-American O-line fantasies…great! But don’t dribble your crap here, get a room okay…

hartdawg

June 21st, 2010
7:55 am

Bama had a great season last year but that was last year. Be conservative with your opinion until you see how your depleted defence plays. And there will not be a team in the SEC that will stop the run at UGA. We have a seasoned O-line with over 150 starts combined and two of the best backs in the SEC. The defense is on the rebound with a great coach. UGA will be no push over be glad we are not on your schedule.

Forsyth Dawg

June 21st, 2010
8:01 am

Tide Roll, Go to your own site and kiss Nick Saban’s A–….WIthout him you guys would be a 7-5, 6-5, and a 6-6 team every year..By the way we have way more football talent in this state than in the state of Alabama so we will never get them all…So until you know a little bit about what you are talking about shut the *&#@ up…..

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

June 21st, 2010
8:02 am

CMR and Grantham made the right move by shifting Anderson to D, looking forward to the execution of the 3-4 this season and coupled with solid play from Aaron Murray should be a revitalization season in Athens!

Paddy

June 21st, 2010
8:05 am

Tide Roll….you just don’t get man! We don’t care about Alabama and we care less what you think!

SEC fan

June 21st, 2010
8:06 am

Tim-

Propitious? Have you forgotten the reading comprehension level of these people? They can’t even spell dog correctly.

naganole

June 21st, 2010
8:19 am

Kwame will win that job by the end of the fall. He’s UGA’s best option at a true 3-4 nose, 2 gap nose. Unless UGA is going to run the Dallas Cowboy 1 gap 3-4 scheme, which is weird, but works. Then UGA has more options at NT….

GT Dog

June 21st, 2010
8:30 am

I did a little research for Tide Roll. is hero J. Anderson? The kid he insists would be an All-American if he started? Not offered by Alabama. Wow, the Tide really missed out on that one.

Oh, and Boling? The kid who shouldn’t even get on the field? Touted as one of the top 3 o-line prospects in the draft next year. Also, not offered by Bama. But rated higher than any lineman on the Tide roster. But those opinions are by NFL draft analysts, guys with much less “feel” for the subject than TR.

By the way, Jones WAS offered a scholly by the Tide. UGA was just the team that “discovered” him. Yep you missed one in your backyard.

Now. am I saying that UGA is great at evaluating and recruiting while Alabama is terrible? Not at all. Just pointing out that teams recruit kids for different reasons. All teams hit some and miss some. If the UGA coaches thought Posey, for example, was a good fit for their program, he would’ve been recruited.

Time to get off Searls’ back though. 1. He found a great one in Jones and 2. he took a raw kid in Boling and turned him into one of the top linemen in the country.

Until next time…

GT Dog

June 21st, 2010
8:31 am

Oh, and before youo continue the pointless argument TR, I just did a quick peek at a few guys to make my point. Let’s not get in a back-and-forth on this, I really don’t feel like embarassing you further. Just quit, go to the Tide blog, promise I WON’T see you there!

bama?

June 21st, 2010
8:36 am

Leave tide roll alone, he had to walk to his mama’s (aka, his third cousin) house to use the compooter, and the outhouse. His daddy (aka, his first cousin) said if he didn’t stop wrestl’n with the pigs and goats he would never find a boyfriend. So the toothless wonder has a brain that is slower than fat kid eating broccoli and he’s infatuated with big men, so what, he is the typically bama fan…

K Man

June 21st, 2010
8:38 am

With the loss of the 3 DL’s to the NFL draft, it was a good time to move to the 3-4, less guys needed on the D-Line to run it. Feel ok with Jones/Dobbs, both are a little small for DE’s.

For the nose, you got a lot of options, Anderson is 6-5 325, Geathers is 6-6 325, and Mike Thornton is also coming in soon. Tyson’s #1 on the depth chart right now, kind of small at 6-4 305, but so was Jay Ratliff at Dallas, and Ratliff’s size wasn’t a problem there.

Also have some of the most highly touted DE’s in the country coming in soon, although they need to bulk up some.

The DL should be good–you only need 3 solid guys to make the 3-4 DL go. Phil Steele has the Georgia DL ranked #33 DL unit in the country, not too bad.

K Man

June 21st, 2010
8:49 am

The 2 DE new recruits are both fast, and at their size, TJ Stripling at 6-6, and Garrison Smith at 6-4, will get some time at DE, especially on 3rd down passing situations. Once they add some weight to their frame, they might end up getting more playing time in 2011. But I look for them to both be a force on 3rd down passing situations this season. With their height and speed, tough cover for a big OL.

DawginLex

June 21st, 2010
8:51 am

Tr which ol gave up the fewest sacks in the league last year?

K Man

June 21st, 2010
8:54 am

New recruit Mike Thornton will make an immediate impact at Nose. He’ll get playing time right away. He’s in the Jay Ratliff size, that Grantham likes. Just too good. Alabama, USC, & Penn St. wanted him, Georgia got him. One of the best in the country. Very powerful guy.

POAD

June 21st, 2010
8:55 am

The switch by Tech and UGA to the 3-4 will be interesting to watch.

cattle dawg

June 21st, 2010
9:05 am

Wheres kauai dog at?

Dog Fan in South Carolina

June 21st, 2010
9:06 am

The Comments posted by SEC fan is quite laughable. The only articulate, intelligent, grammatically correct comments are posted by Georgia fans or at least interested sports fans. Georgia Tech, Alabama and others obviously never passed English 101 or manners. The blog is a Georgia blog. It is pathetic that people like SEC fans must live vicariously through a Georgia blog.

17 of 20

June 21st, 2010
9:06 am

I don’t think it matters who the players are or what kind of defense the coaches teach, the Gators will still beat the crap out of the dogs.

Monticello Dawg

June 21st, 2010
9:06 am

Tide Roll, most Georgia fans concur with you on your points about Georgia High School football:
1. We are aware that the state plays superior high school football and produces more talent than UGA can sign. No need to keep listing the same names over and over.
2. Whereas Georgia, Florida, and LSU can win big with in-state talent, we realize surrounding states do not play such high quality high school football, thus Bama, Auburn and UT have to come to Georgia for talent. When the Dogs cherry pick an AJ Green, Stafford, Moreno, or Ben Jones, they do so from a position on strength, and not necessity like the Vols, Tide, and Plainsmen.

Despite the player losses you repeatedly list to out of state schools, the bottom line on UGA’s offensive line is that most experts rate it as one of the top O-lines in the USA, and probably the best in the SEC. That is why our coaches can move talents such as Anderson and Tripp to the defense.

Dawglasville

June 21st, 2010
9:15 am

Tired of all of the talk. I hope that Braves can keep winning to make the next 2 months pass quickly.

BuLLdawg

June 21st, 2010
9:20 am

If the defense doesn’t get it done, it’s Caleb King’s fault. He didn’t do anything his first year on campus! 13 games = 0 yards as a freshman.

Otto

June 21st, 2010
9:22 am

As other have pointed this a non Story. UGA has atleast 3 NGs to play in the 3-4.

I’d be more concerned about RBs and RB depth than NG

WOW

June 21st, 2010
9:24 am

POAD talked about football,what is up with that?

POAD

June 21st, 2010
9:26 am

hahahahaha. Russ is getting confused he ain’t had his butt white in months now. Toe Meets Leather is too far away.

K Man

June 21st, 2010
9:29 am

You want your DE’s in the 3-4 to be about 6-4 to 6-6 and around 300 lbs. Georgia doesn’t really have the right body types at DE this year, so it will be interesting.

POAD

June 21st, 2010
9:29 am

Pretty Obnoxious And Dumb, they must love you at work.

POAD

June 21st, 2010
9:32 am

I can evacuate the water cooler faster than anyone!!!!!!

Justin Anderson

June 21st, 2010
9:34 am

that ball ain’t heavy

Ringleader

June 21st, 2010
9:35 am

Tide Roll………..By your comments, I can tell that you have never attended a single practice at UGA, much less know anything at all about the offensive linemen. And by the way, how is that preliminary investigation going with the NCAA about the benefits received by Ingram???????

RxDawg

June 21st, 2010
9:36 am

God bless them big uglies up front.

UGA has had it nice n easy with our 3 upperclassman DT’s the past couple of years. It’s time for the youngens to step up. I’m really ineterested to see Tyson play. He hasn’t been talked about that much at all, but all of a sudden he’s the #1 DT. I remember when we recruited him, he had some big credentials then. I bet he’s the #1 DT for a reason.

destin dawg

June 21st, 2010
9:39 am

Braves, Falcons, and UGA Dawgs are making big improvements…on a Roll… great for fans !!! Jealous out of state bloggers??? stay home… it will be interesting this fall !!!

HERSCHEL (I NEVER PLAYED FOOTBALL BUT I DID STAY AT A HOLIDAY EXPRESS) TALKER

June 21st, 2010
9:59 am

Have i made my typical stupid comment yet

HERSCHEL (I NEVER PLAYED FOOTBALL BUT I DID STAY AT A HOLIDAY EXPRESS) TALKER

June 21st, 2010
10:00 am

i’m a pathetic loser

signed,

Herschel Talker

Paddy

June 21st, 2010
10:07 am

destin dawg…the state of football in Georgia is going to be fun this season on Sat & Sun. And yes, even Tech will be good! Damit!!

UglyOldDog

June 21st, 2010
10:07 am

Tide Roll “The most ineresting patern is 3-1 against Alabama”, I get the idea but, God knows, learn how to spell or at the least use the spell checker. I mean you make us UGA grads look like Rhodes scholars.

Can You Dig It

June 21st, 2010
10:11 am

Tide Roll, Do you think Georgia fans even give a sh-t about what you think? The very fact that you can remember names of athletes from four and five years ago that Georgia recruited shows that you closely follow the Georgia program…. Probably because you wanted to go to school there couldn’t get in and hold a grudge. What is clear is that your an inmature idiot that nobody takes seriously and never will….I’ll bet that if I wanted to I could name plently of athletes that Bama has offered that decided to go to another school…but you don’t want to hear about those players because your convinced that you are right about everything….Grow up little boy…everytime you make a post on here you show your a$$….Can You Dig It?

Will

June 21st, 2010
10:21 am

Roll Tide,

Why don’t you take your sorry a** down to Perdido Key and pick up tar balls for Obama and get off the UGA blogs. Picking up trash is truly what you are best at.

Tiger Mania

June 21st, 2010
10:23 am

Hey Roll Tide…we Auburn fans would like to thank you for Spencer Region, 6′6, 345 OL, and a life long Tide fan, who committed to the Tigers this morning because he didn’t think the Tide coaches were very honest people to deal with….get ready….Auburn is gonna smack the Tide around this year. We should have won last years game and you know it…War Eagle!