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Grantham Talking, Garner Staying At UGA

Georgia’s new defensive coordinator says he like the passion of the Bulldog fanbase.  In fact, Todd Grantham says that’s why he “wanted to take this job.” 

“I understand the passion.  I understand who Georgia fans want to beat and where they want to be.  And I feel like we can achieve that.”

Grantham also believes that his experience in the NFL will give him an advantage in the college game.

“The last 11 years I’ve been dealing with matchups, and that’s what you have to do in the NFL.  You don’t get guys running free to the quarterback very often; the best you can hope for is getting one-on-one.  We’re going to find ways to make (opponents) in pass protection make blocks, whether it’s a back kept in or an offensive lineman.”

As for his goals on defense: “We want to be physical and aggressive and relentless. … We want the other team, when they get done playing you, not to want to play you again.”

If you’re quiet, you can hear Dawg fans eating that up like Alpo.

On another front, all those rumors of defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner leaving Athens (for, say, Knoxville) can apparently be put to rest.

“I think Rodney is a very passionate guy,” Grantham said.  “He’s been here at the University of Georgia and they’ve had success, and I think it you look at where he has been before, they’ve had success there.  I think Rodney has value, and I look forward to working with him and letting him help our defense.”

It’s expected that Grantham will hire another linebackers coach and the two of them will split outside and inside duties.  Moving to a 3-4, Garner will be called upon to coach the nose tackles and the ends.

Scott Lakatos was recently hired from UConn to be Georgia’s secondary coach.


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