October 3, 2011

What's next at Will?

From the sounds of it, it was pretty obvious that Georgia defensive coaches had told Ray Drew to be very careful about what he said when asked about the situation at Will linebacker, following Cornelius Washington's two-game suspension for DUI.

To quote Sergeant Schultz from the 1970's sitcom "Hogan's Heroes", Drew knew nothing.

"I can tell you somebody's playing the Will, anybody can play the Sam, and someone's going to play in the middle," Drew said after practice Monday. "I can't give you any specifics. I don't know any specifics."

Head coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham are expected to provide more details Tuesday, although it is expected that Chase Vasser and Reuben Faloughi are expected to get the first dibs - with Drew - perhaps getting a shot as well.

Vasser - who has started twice for Georgia this year - said he'll be ready whenever his name is called.

"I don't think I'm bad at pass rushing," Vasser said. "I'm good at coverage. I'm not going to get out-run by a running back or anything and I know the coverages really well. That's one of my strong points. I feel I'm great in the open field."

Vasser isn't worried about somebody else stepping up.

According to the redshirt sophomore, Grantham spent the entire spring and much of the preseason cross-training all of the outside linebackers in case of just such a situation that faces the Bulldogs Saturday night at Tennessee.

Whoever starts is not an issue, either.

"We don't worry about that," Vasser said. "Once your name is called, the depth chart doesn't matter."

Faloughi agreed.

"Yeah, it's an opportunity," he said. "But I've just continued doing what I've been doing, working hard to do whatever I can to help the team. If that means playing scout team, so be it. I'm going to be a team player."

That's the message Drew tried his best to relay when pressed by reporters what his role in Saturday's game might be.

"I'm just working hard as I do each day - waiting on Coach Grantham," Drew said. "When the opportunity comes, I'm going to take it with two hands."

Drew said he's comfortable with what Grantham is asking him to do within the Bulldogs' defensive scheme.

"Yeah, pretty much," Drew said. "There are still some things we're going to add later on. There's just one section of the book we're working on now, but as time goes on we'll add more and more to it. They're just trying not to throw it all on me at once."

Still, Drew believes he can help the defense should the opportunity arise.

"I think one of the strengths to my game is my pass rush. One thing I think they've wanted to see out of me more is the use of my hands," he said. "The past few days Coach (Grantham) actually said he was going to text me that he was so happy I used my hands. But yeah, I've been spending extra time working on things that I needed to."

Crowell tabbed Freshman of the Week - again

For the third time this season, Isaiah Crowell has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 24-10 win over Mississippi State.

Crowell rushed 22 times for 104 yards in the contest, pushing his season total to 515 yards on the season.

Through five games, Crowell is averaging 103.0 yards a game, which tops all freshmen in the league (fourth in the nation among freshmen) and is fourth overall in the SEC. Behind Crowell's performances, the Bulldogs have scored at least 24 points in all their games, including two matchups against top-12 teams, and are averaging 34.6 points per game.

This and that

The SEC announced that next week's game between Georgia and Vanderbilt will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised by FSN (Fox Sports South, locally). … Saturday night's contest at Tennessee will be televised on ESPN2.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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