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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bean to start at nose tackle?

Justin Anderson was playing offensive line as recently as the Independence Bowl. If Georgia's season started today, the sophomore would be starting on the other side of the ball.

Bulldogs defensive line coach Rodney Garner said after Wednesday's practice that his tentative starting lineup - which he emphasized could change tomorrow - was Anderson at nose tackle, DeAngelo Tyson at end and Demarcus Dobbs at the other end.

Tyson was the favorite to start at nose tackle, but he's done so well in cross-training at end, that he has a good chance of playing there.

Anderson, known simply as "Bean" to everyone around the program, didn't even practice at nose in the spring, because of injury.

We'll have more from Garner on Anderson's rise and Tyson's cross-training in Thursday's papers.

In other news:

- Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, dealing with a number of position battles, said he was "honing in" on which guys will start, but didn't get specific.

Grantham also said a lot of players are being trained at different positions, but again did not get specific. By the sounds of it, Grantham was talking more about depth and not massive position switches: For instance, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos said safeties Jakar Hamilton and Nick Williams were being trained at both safety spots now. But no safeties were switching to cornerback, or vice versa.

- Grantham also said that cornerback Branden Smith, who missed eight practices with academic issues, wasn't really behind in preparation because of the time off.

- Receiver Logan Gray turned his ankle in Tuesday's practice, but offensive coordinator Mike Bobo didn't seem too worried about it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not too shocked by Bean coming on. Mt. Cody came in from the JUCO ranks and caught on quick. Hoping for similar success (hoping the operative word. OK, I'll take serviceable results at Nose this season).

-- Richt-Flair