Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Practice Notes, 3/30

Despite the stormy weather around the state of Georgia this week, the clouds are lifting for the Georgia defense so far this Spring. Grantham's unit continues to shine and get the notable coach quotes.
"It was a very good day for the defense," Richt said. "They really got after it today and they pretty much shut down the offense. We're still installing and that's part of the process, but I'm seeing lots of competition."

Defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos said much of the defense's progress can be attributed to the players having a full season of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's system under their belts.

"We're seeing a lot of energy, and that's what you like to see in the spring," Lakatos said. "Guys are competing and running hard to the ball. Having played a year in this defense is important. You can't think and play fast at the same time. With their experience, they can react and play fast."
The big news was Ealey on a stationary bike. He evidently has a hamstring issue. With G-Day still three and a half weeks away, I hope he's able to get back in there soon and compete with the other three. Weiszer has a quote from McLendon, who said that Caleb King, Ken Malcome and Carlton Thomas are all getting first team reps so far.

The punt return position is an open competition at this point. Wooten, Tavarres King, Branden Smith, Thomas...and Brandon Boykin are all getting serious looks at Munson's 4th down safety spot.
"We've got to try all those guys; that's what spring is for," said McClendon, who coaches the punt-return unit. "Hopefully somebody is taking that job over pretty soon here."
And Page has the rundown ($$) on how the O-line is shaping up thus far. Sounds like Glenn's move to tackle is already paying off.

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