April 18, 2011

Several impress Grantham

With so many of his player scattered among the squads for the Red and Black teams, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham admitted it was a bit difficult to pay attention to all that was going on.

But that didn't keep him from pointing out at least a few players, who in his mind stood out and set themselves up to make big contributions come fall.

Kwame Geathers and Derrick Lott jumped immediately to mind.

Geathers finished off a strong spring with two tackles for loss, including one when he corralled running back Caleb King for a four-yard loss, while Lott picked up a pair of sacks. His first sack of quarterback Aaron Murray resulted in a safety for two of the Red Team's 11 points.

"I thought the first half was a solid half for both of the sides on defense. Kwame showed off what little bit I could watch, but I also thought that Derrick Lott made some plays, so that was good to see," Grantham said. "I was pleased with those guys that I saw play in the first half. They did what they've got to do."

Grantham said sophomore Alec Ogletree looked at home in his new position at Moe linebacker.

The Newnan native chipped in with seven tackles, showing what his coach described as a "real nose for the football."

Grantham said his future is bright.

"He's a talented guy. He's going to be a very good linebacker here at Georgia. He can run, he can hit; it's just a matter of time," Grantham said. "We've just got to continue to work with him and develop him. He's got a bright future."

Jarvis Jones, Cornelius Washington and Christian Robinson also opened his eyes.

Jones made his Sanford Stadium debut and responded with a sack, with Washington debuting at Will linebacker after playing Sam last fall.

"I thought Jarvis and Cornelius did a solid job in the first half when they played. From what I could tell, Christian Robinson looked solid, I thought he was fast," Grantham said. "I think anytime you have a game like this and you've got so many guys on defense scattered, it's more of an individualized thing but I was pleased with their approach and their preparation."

But according to Grantham the work is only half-way done.

"To me, that was the second phase of the process. I thought we had a good off-season program lifting, I thought everybody got better in spring practice," Grantham said. "The next phase to me is to continue the preparation and the third phase is the summer program, working out, getting in shape, doing those things and when they come back we can start the final phase of getting ready for the start of the season and put it all together."

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