February 26, 2010

Richt announces changes in store

With spring practice set to kickoff off Thursday, head coach Mark Richt met with Bulldog beat writers Friday afternoon to discuss some of the plans he has in mind.

Quite naturally, much of the talk centered on the team's new 3-4 scheme currently being installed by new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

That included questions about the Bulldogs' projected depth chart, of which there is currently none and most likely won't be until the conclusion of spring.

"We spent time as a staff going over our spring objectives and we want the players to understand that they shouldn't get too worked up about the depth chart, really on either side of the ball, but probably moreso defensively because our new coaches are still learning those guys," Richt said. "There's going to be some moving around of positions, too, just to get the right fit so we don't want people getting too worked up where they are on the depth chart as much as prove that you're a football player and we'll get you in the right spot."

Grantham did have some news on that front.

DeAngelo Tyson, Kwame Geathers and Brandon Wood will go into spring primarily at nose, with Abry Jones, DeMarcus Dobbs, Montez Robinson, Derrick Lott listed as ends (formerly tackles in the 4-3) in the 3-4. Ends will also cross train at nose.

Justin Houston, Cornelius Washington and Richard Samuel will go into spring as the primary outside backers, with Marcus Dowtin, Darryl Gamble, Akeem Dent and Christian Robinson as the inside backers (Mike and Mo).

"The biggest thing is Coach Grantham has a vision for this defense is going to look like, what the body type of each position, so he and Coach (Warren) Belin, Coach (Scott) Lakatos) and Coach (Rodney) Garner has been watching the film and together Todd has been describing what he's looking for in each spot," Richt said. "They're just trying to fit what they see into the position that he envisions them playing, but he knows until he gets to watch them practice and do the skills he wants them to do, he's not 100 percent where everybody is going to be lined up."

In other news:

• Richt said more players have received an "A" for their performances in the ongoing mat drills and that drills have actually been extended compared to what they once were.

• Tight ends coach John Lilly will handle special team meetings and be responsible for the Bulldog punt team. Belin will handle kickoff coverage, Tony Ball kickoff return and Bryan McClendon punt block and punt return.

• Richt said the Bulldogs will eschew Sunday practice and go back to their Monday-Thursday practice routine for this fall.

Nick Williams has been moved from linebacker to safety but could still see times at linebacker in nickel situations.

• The Bulldogs will hold three full scrimmages during the spring, one which will be the annual G-Day game schedule for April 10 at Sanford Stadium.

In regards to the secondary, changes are being made there, too.

"We're going to have a different philosophy. There's going to be more boundary corner than field corner. That's not to say we won't continue to do that, but boundary corners in our old scheme were counted on to do a lot of run support," Richt said. "I don't know if we'll do quite as much as that. That might change who plays the boundary as opposed to field, although we still may go left-right in that regard."



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