Rodney Garner’s rebuilding job

ATHENS – In his 13th season at Georgia, defensive-line coach Rodney Garner has quite the rebuilding job on his hands –- replacing three NFL draft picks and converting the returnees from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme.

So how’s it going?

“We got to get better,” Garner said Wednesday evening. “Like I told them the other day, they got a lot of room to improve. The guys we lost off last year’s team, changing of the scheme and all of that -– there are lot of big shoes to be filled. And I’m not for sure we’re there yet.

“I see [Demarcus] Dobbs trying to take ownership, trying to be a leader. We need other guys to step up and be leaders, too. To be a good football team, you got to have leadership up front. And that’s one thing that has to emerge. Hopefully, as they become more confident in the system and become better fundamentally, maybe some of those characteristics will start to come out.”

Dobbs, a senior, is the projected starter at right end, and sophomore Abry Jones and senior Brandon Wood are competing at left end. “I can’t say Wood or Abry has taken over at that spot; they’re 1-A and 1-B,” Garner said.

DeAngelo Tyson would be the starter at the nose position “if we had to play tomorrow,” Garner said. “If you ask him, his choice would be to play one of the ends, but we’ve got to play the personnel that gives us the best chance to win.”

Converted offensive lineman Justin Anderson got some snaps at first-team nose in Tuesday’s scrimmage so that Tyson could shift to end, Garner said.

“He’s improving,” Garner said of Anderson. “He’s got a long ways to go. But he’s improving. I like his attitude. I think he’s trying to take the teaching and trying to implement it. But obviously it’s something different than he’s done his whole career here. . . . I’ve been pleased with how attentive he is and how he’s been able to retain the information.”

As for the other player at the nose, redshirt freshman Kwame Geathers, Garner said: “He’s coming. Slowly.”

Dobbs started at end in the old 4-3 defense last season and has adjusted smoothly to the 3-4, Garner said.

“I think he’s done an excellent job of adjusting to it,” Garner said. “His motor runs so high, and he plays with a lot of energy and emotion. I think the kids really respect him.”

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It was just one pass in one closed-to-the-media preseason scrimmage, one of hundreds of balls Aaron Murray has thrown this month, but it must have been a really bad one.

“Sometimes an interception is a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage, and sometimes it is just a foolish decision,” Mark Richt said Tuesday. And then, leaving no doubt which category he put this one in, Richt added: “And this one in particular was not a very wise decision.”

Putting it more colorfully, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo told reporters Wednesday the pass was a “bonehead decision.”

On balance, Richt said Murray is “progressing very well,” and Bobo has had much more praise than criticism for him, too. But the coaches clearly want that ill-advised pass, picked off by freshman safety Alec Ogletree, to be a learning experience for Murray.

“Just got to make sure every once in a while, when things aren’t the way they ought to be, you don’t have to be a hero,” Richt said. “Throw it out of bounds. He just tried to force one down in the red zone, and it got picked.”

147 comments Add your comment

robdawg08

August 12th, 2010
10:01 am

Slow down dude. You trying to set some kinda blog number record ?

robdawg08

August 12th, 2010
10:03 am

You could go post a new blog for Jeff Schultz though. He still has Hinske’s shaved bald haircut as his latest blog. I think Hinske’s hair is shoulder length now…

TuckDAWG

August 12th, 2010
10:06 am

Aarron needs to slow down it will come more patience is needed but its good to get them out of the way now instead of on gameday GATA!!!!

Bobo

August 12th, 2010
10:07 am

Dawg '94

August 12th, 2010
10:15 am

What QB hasn’t thrown a bad ball? The Dawgs are fine at QB and will win the SEC this year.
GO DAWGS!!!

GeoffDawg

August 12th, 2010
10:15 am

Murray doesn’t have to be the hero on this offense. Hand off left, hand off right, throw to Green. Rinse and repeat.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

August 12th, 2010
10:20 am

I could be wrong, have been before but I think its gonna be a very average season for the dawgs. They have some talent returning, but also have some big shoes to fill.

BirdDog

August 12th, 2010
10:28 am

Personally I’m not sure what to think of the Dawgs chances this year. I’m always optimistic, but I was also optimistic last year. I actually went on record saying that Joe Cox was gonna be pretty good and surprise a lot of folks (which my friends remind me of a lot). Ugh!!!

Lipscomb Dawg

August 12th, 2010
10:29 am

Uh, the kid throws “a” bad pass in Practice, and it’s worthy of a headline? Good grief. Glad we don’t pay for these insights.

jaglaw

August 12th, 2010
10:31 am

The D line scares me. I know they are young and will be very good in the future. However, I wonder if they can withstand the punishment from a team with a good O-line that can run the ball. If UF had a power back, I would say UGA had no chance to win.

Glad we dont face Bama and LSU this year. If Spurrier was smart, he would run the ball against us until our D linemen showed they could stop them…….perhaps that is what he WILL do.

How about Beating FL coach

August 12th, 2010
10:31 am

I know one thing

I dont want to listen to or read again where these coaches make statements that the players did not execute

Willie Martinez loved to use that line everytime he looked stupid

If thats your excuse coaches, then refund your salary and let someone who knows how to coach players take your job

PRODUCE WIZ

August 12th, 2010
10:33 am

have to agree with Lipscomb. 1 bad pass in practice. that’s why it’s called practice. do it there before the S.E.C. eats your lunch

Mark Walberg

August 12th, 2010
10:34 am

I hope Murray will be much better than Joe Cox. He was a let down. Any thoughts???

“Say hi to your mother for me?

It aint gonna happen1

August 12th, 2010
10:35 am

Smiling Jack

August 12th, 2010
10:36 am

I bet the Dawgs will have a great year! Murray will be just fine. Dawg lovers will be proud and go on supporting. The usual Dawg haters will go on hating. Go Dawgs!

Gatorzone

August 12th, 2010
10:38 am

I think the UGA defense is going to struggle this year. Where is the info on the injured linebackers?

Also, the murray pass is a lot to do about nothing. What QB doesn’t throw an Int in practice?

As in the words of AI…

“We talkin bout practice?? Practice??”

aLLEN iVERSON

August 12th, 2010
10:38 am

Practice? Ya”ll are talking about practice?

Billo

August 12th, 2010
10:39 am

It sounds like its time for the coaches to start earning there money. Coach em up.

Well, yeah...

August 12th, 2010
10:40 am

…at some point the kids DO have to execute, and if they are coached correctly they will, and when they don’t we HAVE to look at the coaching….

Dawg House

August 12th, 2010
10:46 am

This is one of the reasons I LOVE college football. A redshirt freshman makes a bad decision in the first scrimmage of preseason practice, and we are still discussing it 2 days later. Throw in the HATERS of another school coming on our blog to remind us that we suck, and will never win another game in the history of our program because said redshirt freshman made a bad decision in the first scrimmage of preseason practice.

23 days!!!!!!!

WonderDawg

August 12th, 2010
10:46 am

Sounds like Garner is trying to lower expectations for a lot of UGA fans who think this will be a great season.

Bottom line:

1) it took Saban a full year to get his 3-4 defense going at Bama. A full year. 12 months.

2) Mike Bobo is still the OC at UGA.

Lower your expectations for ‘10, Dawg fans, give Grantham a year, and hope like hell Richt raids the NFL for a OC for ‘11.

Red

August 12th, 2010
10:47 am

It’s not just practice, it’s scrimmage and that means you play it like a real game and get chewed out like in a real game. It looks like he tried to throw a hail mary when he was in trouble. That IS a bonehead decision.

WonderDawg

August 12th, 2010
10:48 am

Yeah, but Gatorzone, we are talking about a QB who has never taken a snap in a college football game.

Murray is a great talent, but he is about to get baptism by fire (see Columbia, SC).

JB

August 12th, 2010
10:49 am

I think Coach Richt firing Willie and Company was a good start and him getting back in the mix with the offense should help also, be my fellow Dawgs friends, we need to hold our breath this year, we could hit some rough spots. I think we will be more mentally ready to play this year, but Aaron will need to grow as will the defense…..I think the Defense will play with more ” horsepower and determination, but we’ll see. I think we are on the right track, but I’m not saying we will 10-11 games……

robdawg08

August 12th, 2010
10:49 am

It sounds like we’ve got another Joe Cox…
I was hoping we had another Matthew Stafford…

JB

August 12th, 2010
10:50 am

That s/b win 10 or 11 games

GaTruth

August 12th, 2010
10:50 am

Well, leave it to Forbes to add concrete to the chip on the Tech shoulder. Ranking of best colleges in ther US? UGA comes in at 150 (out of more than 600). Tech? 242.
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/94/best-colleges-10_Americas-Best-Colleges_Rank.html

Hunker Down

August 12th, 2010
10:51 am

this is why we practice to get a lot of the bugs out and reemphasise that a throw away gives you another chance or possiblly at least 3 points vs. a turn over. Good to make these mistakes now and try and correct that in a game. He is a freshman and is going to make a few but hopefully they will not be game changers.

Waiting to See

August 12th, 2010
10:52 am

Imagine Bobo referring to someone else’s decision as “Bonehead”. What a joke. An example of the pot calling the kettle black. Homeboy better hope Richt hangs around UGA for a long time.

How about Beating FL coach

August 12th, 2010
10:52 am

I can tell you this

We lose to S.C you can gaurantee a loss to Arkansas and another against either Miss St or Ole Miss take your pick

JB

August 12th, 2010
10:53 am

I think Aaron is better than Cox….remember, Cox Sat for 4 or 5 years without any game action, college action at that….That’s a long time……. Put a NFL OB out for 4-5 years and bring him back….He’d struggle……..Aaron has only sat one year…..

WonderDawg

August 12th, 2010
10:53 am

“It ain’t gonna happen1″, you conveniently failed to mention who your team is. Hope it ain’t Tech, cause the “midget” is a huge upugrade over Joe Cox, who spanked Tech in Atlanta last November. . .

true story

August 12th, 2010
10:54 am

I felt bad when I woke up in the morning and saw a picture of her boyfriend… until I found out he goes to Tech.

Articles on practices? Can we get some insight on their water breaks and stretching routine while we’re at it? dumb

Gatorzone

August 12th, 2010
10:55 am

Didn’t think like that Wonderdawg… Maybe you are right to worry, but I think Murray will grow into his own fairly fast. Richt and bobo know how to ease him into it, and with the running game you have that should be easy.

SC will be a real test.

CDAWG

August 12th, 2010
10:56 am

Ok, I don’t know what to think at this point. What I do know is that Mett was the man. I think Murray made some bad decisions in the G-Day game. I am just not buying into the Murray hype the Coaches are dising out right now. I really, really hope that he proves me wrong this year.

WonderDawg

August 12th, 2010
10:56 am

Yeah, robdawg08, Stafford never threw any picks, huh? And that fabulous 52% completion rate. Bet Murray does better than Matt’s freshman year.

One dimensional Dogs

August 12th, 2010
10:57 am

Wait til he plays in REAL games against REAL sec defenses.
There will be a lot of 3 and out’s for uga this season.

JB

August 12th, 2010
10:57 am

In all fairness Ga Truth, that poll was from students, not the pro’s……….We all will admit that Tech ranks up pretty high in most “real polls”….. Now I will tell that they think a whole lot more of themselves than the national folks do who look at that stuff…..Georgia does well to, but ask them, we’re teaching Ac repair and car detailing over in Athens……but, we don’t care what they say really, we know the truth……

Marianela

August 12th, 2010
11:00 am

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t
been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance.

Got your red panties ready for opening day? 

WonderDawg

August 12th, 2010
11:00 am

Gatorzone, you need to watch more UGA football! Bobo only knows how to be predictable, throw to AJ behind the line of scrimmage, run a draw on 3rd and 12, and hand momentum over to the opponent by 3 and outs in the 3rd quarter.

Other than that, he is a great OC!

My big worry with Murray is the man calling the plays for him . . .

JB

August 12th, 2010
11:02 am

Tech is the poster child for “one Dimensional” for football…..Ask us, Ask Iowa, Ask LSU.
Now, Duke, Wake and like lay awake at night looking at Tech, BCS teams lick their chops…..

OldFan

August 12th, 2010
11:03 am

Good to see a little balance making its way into these reports. We’ve been on the verge of talking ourselves into a national championship based on a week of practice and a suspect No3 ranking. Let’s coach these players to their potential, which would be a nice change for the defense. Then go out and win some games. I don’t recall two early games more important to a season than the SC and Ark games this year. Better get these players ready early , or they’ll be back on their heels for the rest of the year.

CDAWG

August 12th, 2010
11:05 am

Marianela, who is your team?

JB

August 12th, 2010
11:05 am

Good blog, wonderdawg……..you nailed it……………..I’m so sick of running the tailback delay draw from the shotgun on third and 12.., with a guy like AJ green on the team,,,,,put him down field 15 yards and throw the ball JUST NEAR HIM, damn…………….

Vance Dully

August 12th, 2010
11:05 am

Now that we’re in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a serious discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any dawgtard players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while the clueless Mark Richt has absolutely no control over his players. And then there is the infamous “red panties” incident that will haunt UGA for decades.

UGA has a lot bigger problem than hiring a new AD.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we want some answers starting now.

Gatorzone

August 12th, 2010
11:06 am

Wonderdawg, I’ll pass on watching more UGA. JK, I just meant that an ex qb can help murray get prepared.

Marianela, ease up.. No call for that kind of junk.

Paddy

August 12th, 2010
11:06 am

Bird Dog….I too said the same thing about Joe Cox! Guess you don’t see “deer in the headlights” in practice? The difference between cox and murray is that cox was not good enough to play and murray is good enough to play.

CDAWG

August 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Alot of people bring up our arrest record; could it be that Athens-Clarke County Police have a zero tolerance and they don’t play.

jsmithc

August 12th, 2010
11:09 am

dobbs is
average as gritts ,

WonderDawg

August 12th, 2010
11:10 am

You’re right, Marianela, ‘08 was a terrible, horrible season for UGA. Won 10 games. Let our in-state rival upset us at home.

Oh wait!! Just like Tech’s last season, its best season in 20 years, with one exception. We won our bowl game. Iowa made Tech look like the calculus class played the game.