September 13, 2011

Williams to see some LB?



Safety Shawn Williams appeared to be warming up with the inside linebackers during the media's brief time at practice Tuesday.

Or was he?

When asked about Williams following workouts, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was a little bit vague.

"When you were out there, you weren't for any team stuff, were you?" Grantham quizzed a reporter. "We do circuit today, and when we do a circuit we rotate it a little bit and Shawn's a guy that we'll see what happens with him."

So could the 220-pound Williams play linebacker in certain instances for the Bulldogs?

"We'll see, anybody that has played as a down safety could. Sanders (Commings) has played down safety, (Bacarri) Rambo has played down safety," Grantham said. "We've got a couple of defenses where (Jonathan) Jenkins and Kwame (Geathers) drop, so they kind of drop in there, too. We'll just have to wait and see. I see Ramik (Wilson) as someone we'll probably keep back and forth for some stuff and let him play both. Amarlo (Herrera) is cross-training … (Jeremy) Sulek. We'll just let them go and see what happens."

Getting the best 11 players on the field, Grantham explained, is the goal.

"I think you've got to rank your guys one through 11 and find ways to get your best 11 out there," he said. "If that means moving guys, we will. If it doesn't, we will keep them where they are."

Lee holding onto to start spot at left guard

Offensive line coach Will Friend said that redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee is doing everything he needs to in order to hold onto the starting left guard spot since replacing Kenarious Gates.

"Dallas played well Saturday. Both guards (Lee and Chris Burnette) were probably the biggest difference. They played a lot better than they did the first week," Friend said. "Really, to be honest, they played hard the first week, but I think the moment, being the first ball game, some of that stuff kind of took over but they really settled down (against South Carolina) and did a pretty good job."

As for some of the freshman, Friend hasn't ruled out using a couple of his youngsters moving forward.

"We'll play who's ready. We've been in a situation, obviously, these last two football games where you've had to play who you feel are your best guys and that's what we've dealt with," Friend said. "Watts (Dantzler) had a good last two weeks of practice and did some good things. He's getting better, David Andrews is getting better and they should because they are getting more reps with the offense. They've got to be ready to go and we're kind of playing it by ear."

Coastal Carolina coach a YouTube sensation

Coastal coach David Bennett said he was just trying to make a point, not become a YouTube hit.

But believe it or not, that's just what happened after his weekly press conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfkR-z2VcGs) last week when he tried to explain how he wanted his team to play like dogs instead of cats.

Little did he know the attention he was about to receive.

Not only has Bennett's description become a YouTube hit with almost one million hits, but the video - complete with comical sound affects by the coach - has also been featured on ESPN.

"I had shared it with the team on Monday (Labor Day) and mentioned it in a press conference and it took off like wildfire," Bennett said during Tuesday's Big South teleconference. "It must have been a slow media day. I just told our kids they need to be more like dogs, not worry how you look, how you've got special cleats on, do they have the best sweat bands or does their hair look just right."

Bennett laughed he never thought his cat story would draw so much attention.

"Our local sports guy said 97 percent of people loved it. People who like cats didn't like it, but I didn't mean no disrespect to cats," Bennett quipped. "There are a couple of cats in the world I like. A couple of my friends have cats, but on the field I want my team to be more like a dog than a cat."

This and that

Carlton Thomas is now running with the third team at tailback, and head coach Mark Richt said he would be the top backup to starter Isaiah Crowell if Richard Samuel's injured heel does not improve. … Injured safety Jakar Hamilton told UGASports Tuesday that he hopes to get the boot off his right foot (broken bone) on Thursday. … Georgia practiced for nearly two and a half hours in full pads Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's game against Coastal Carolina. "It was definitely very hot today," Richt said. "They were tested and fought through it very well. It was different than last Tuesday when we practiced in 71 degrees. They needed this and they handled it."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.