UPDATED: ILB Shawn Williams highlights 4 new starters on Georgia’s defense

ATHENS – Georgia’s Shawn Williams, who started the first two games of the season at strong safety, got the start at inside linebacker Saturday against Coast Carolina

Williams, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior from Damascus, got the nod at the “Mo” linebacker position where regular starter Alec Ogletree was lost to a foot injury in the season opener. Ogletree is expected to be out at least two more weeks. Freshman Amarlo Herrera started the South Carolina game at Mo.

Georgia also had a new starter at the “Mike” inside linebacker position on Saturday. Junior Mike Gilliard filled in for Christian Robinson, who went down late in the South Carolina game with an ankle injury.

Williams’ switch from safety to linebacker created a domino effect on Georgia’s defense. Sanders Commings, who normally starts at cornerback, slid back to Williams’ strong safety spot. That meant that nickelback Branden Smith got the start at cornerback.

Also, John Jenkins was slated to get the first start of his young Georgia career at defensive end for the injured DeAngelo Tyson. But at the last second the Bulldogs subbed for Jenkins before the first snap and sent in cornerback Damian Swann as a nickelback.

Jenkins, a 6-4, 350-pound junior college transfer from Meriden, Conn., is primarily a nose guard but was filling in during the game at Tyson’s defensive end position. Tyson had started 11 consecutive games on Georgia’s defense but did not play Saturday because of an unknown injury. UGA officials said head coach Mark Richt will discuss Tyson’s situation after the game.

Other notable players to sit out Saturday’s game included tailback Richard Samuel (leg) and wide receiver Marlon Brown (ankle).

154 comments Add your comment

slydog

September 17th, 2011
1:21 pm

First!!!!!

Unknown injury means “suspension.” Maybe.

slydog

September 17th, 2011
1:24 pm

Why not start Corey Moore or Chris Sanders at either safety spot today? Chances are, they are better than the current placeholders. What’s there to lose at this point?

dawgerbrown

September 17th, 2011
1:38 pm

Just get healthy for the next game, and, stay healthy during today’s game. We can still have an outstanding season if we get back to full strength.

Tater in AFG

September 17th, 2011
2:59 pm

A lot of people should get to play today. Hope they all come out unhurt.

Pago Pago DAWG

September 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

The VOLS can’t stop UF!

Walsh continues to show indifference

September 17th, 2011
4:13 pm

Walsh, FG kicker for UGA continues to struggle with indifference and a total lack og concentration. He is a sneior and figures he has nothing to prove. i would bench him. He cost UGA the SC game with his missed PAT AND FG shank.

DeAngelo Tyson? Whats up with that?

Boise in ATL

September 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

Should have opened the season with Coastal Carolina. Keep improving UGA – we need you to win some games. Maybe one day you will be good enough to compete against the likes of Boise State.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

Today was a good confidence-builder for UGA and gave our reserves some much-needed playing time.

Good job, Georgia; players and coaches. .. Go Dawgs!

Gainesville Dawg

September 17th, 2011
4:23 pm

Love the difference in the winning headlines for uga and tech. Go Dawgs!

get'em Dawgs

September 17th, 2011
4:27 pm

Great win today! We sure showed South Carolina schools how we play football in Dawg country! Let the run begin! National Championship here we come! The polls will have us at least in the top 10 after such a dominating win! Can’t wait until Monday. I’m predicting # 9 in the AP and #8 in the UPI. Book it! Go Dawgs!

WestCoast Dawg

September 17th, 2011
4:45 pm

Glad to see a win!!GO DAWGS!!!!

hipdawg

September 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

woopti do…..this means nothing…..

go dawgs

September 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

@Walsh continues to show indifference-
walsh didnt miss a PAT he made two field goals and missed the third one. know what your talking about before you post stupid comments, sounds like you didnt even watch the game.

The Kool-Aid Company thanks you

September 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

It was perfectly predictable. Stores are already selling out of Kool-Aid.

I guess Richt is safe for another year.

slydog

September 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Honestly, I’m surprised we beat Coastal Carolina so badly. We beat them like a top 25 team should. On another note, Muschamp has proven to be a smart coach out of the gate. Putting Rainey on the punt block makes so much sense. No one on any punt team offense can block him. And yes, losing Da’Rick Rogers in recruiting is starting to hurt.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
5:01 pm

@ Walsh continues to show indifference

You know not of which you speak. .. Go Dawgs!

slydog

September 17th, 2011
5:13 pm

Boise in ATL
September 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

Should have opened the season with Coastal Carolina. Keep improving UGA – we need you to win some games. Maybe one day you will be good enough to compete against the likes of Boise State.

And when that day arrives, it will be sustained for as long as there is college football. When the super conferences form, Boise State’s days as a mid major powerhouse will have downs than ups. You can believe that.

slydog

September 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

that is “have more downs than ups.” It’s a different ball game when everybody finally “respects” you.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:22 pm

Wow, this looked better than the last two games.

We smashed Coastal Carolina! COASTAL CAROLINA…. GET OUTTA HERE!

This is how far the proud UGA tradition has sunk. Pitiful…

Out coaches are a collective disgrace.

The AD and the university leadership should be tied to a telephone pole and scourged for letting our program rot like this.

Woodward Academy could beat Coastal Carolina.

Any high school coach could outcoach Mark Richt.
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Anybody without a terminal disease would give more passion and energy from the sidelines than Mark Richt.

I’m sorry, but I am not impressed.

FIRE THE UGA COACHING STAFF. Their salaries are unearned.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:23 pm

DRINK THAT KOOLAID, YOU IDIOT LOSERS!

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:26 pm

Time for Adams and McCavity to sign Richt to a multiyear contract with a big payraise before North Carolina steals him!

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:28 pm

Richt’s a good Christian man. He represents UGA well.

Troll Power Ratings

September 17th, 2011
5:29 pm

@Boise in ATL: Boise is a better football team – this year – than Georgia. Enjoy it. It will prove to have been an extraordinarily rare occurrence. I sincerely hope you have an opportunity to play for the BCS championship. That would be the first time you guys have had to play two “real” teams in one season. I’d love to see it. I’m a big Boise fan, by the way. You guys have a great, well-coached team. And yes, once again, you guys kicked UGA’s a** – hopefully they learned a few things from it.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:29 pm

Richt has shown that he can win. He knows how to coach. All his assistants have let him down. Fire the coordinators!

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:30 pm

These ghetto kids that Richt recruited are uncoachable. They are energy vampires. Once we purge them from the team, Richt will get back in form.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:31 pm

If it weren’t for all our injuries and bad luck, we would be undefeated and Richt would be leading us to another championship.

Bluesong

September 17th, 2011
5:31 pm

What is the story on Tyson, Samuel, and Brown?

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:32 pm

Boise State is a BCS team. It’s no shame to lose to Boise State!

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:33 pm

It wasn’t Richt’s decision to wear the Nike uniforms. They give the university money.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:33 pm

Marjoe Richt runs a clean progam at UGA.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:35 pm

If UGA fired Richt, they couldn’t get a better coach.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:36 pm

Every team has down years. It’s all just a cycle.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:37 pm

If UGA fired Richt, all the players would quit and we couldn’t recruit anyone.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:37 pm

There’s no talent on the market who could replace Richt. Be careful what you ask for…

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:38 pm

If you don’t support Richt, you’re not a real Dawg. You’re probably a Tech fan. What are you doing on our blog? Why don’t you find another team to harrass?

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:41 pm

Richt’s CEO duties unduly burdened him down. His administrative duties distracted him from his lifelong study of the game of football.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:42 pm

Richt’s trademark is his cool under pressure. He never breaks a sweat.

confusadog

September 17th, 2011
5:42 pm

Blogs…………..every moron has an opinion. God Bless America. Go Dawgs.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:43 pm

Richt’s a better coach than any of his predecessors at UGA. We’re lucky to have him.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:44 pm

God bless you, poor confusadog. I suspect you suffer from distemper.

confusadog

September 17th, 2011
5:45 pm

snoopdawg is gay

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:45 pm

It’s funny how Georgia recruits all these 5-star recruits. What happens to them?
Steve Spurrier

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:46 pm

UGA should have won that game. They outplayed us. How did we win?
Steve Spurrier

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:46 pm

Confusadog, you are a transfactual.

confusadog

September 17th, 2011
5:48 pm

takes one to know one…….whatever a transfactual is……..your gayness.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:49 pm

Richt is totally without a clue.
Fran Tarkenton

confusadog

September 17th, 2011
5:50 pm

snoop like it in the a$$

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:50 pm

If the Dawgs can’t figure out how to win under Richt, then it’s time for Richt to go!
Herchel Walker

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2011
5:51 pm

Snoop Dawg like confusadog’s mamma’s a$$

UNCLE JESSE

September 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

How Bout Them Dawgs!!!!!!!!