Last season, the Bulldogs had a strong defense, ranking fifth in the nation. This season, nine of 11 starters return. Christian Robinson, senior linebacker, said he is looking forward to being a leader for the team.
“Ben Jones, Brandon Boykin and leaders like that were a voice on this team last year,” Robinson said on www.georgiadogs.com. “When people spoke, they listened. I feel like it’s my time to speak up, and we have a lot of other guys like Sanders (Commings) and Bacarri (Rambo). It’s our time to be the voice.
“It’s fun being out here together. The spring is about competition and going against your teammates every day. We have all the pieces in place. We’re just focusing on the fundamental work. It’s going well so far.”
UGA head football coach Mark Richt said that the guys will be in pads in tomorrow’s workout.
“I thought it was a good practice,” Richt said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and putting some pads on for the first time, which will be good, so these guys can actually run into each other and block somebody. They won’t be able to tackle anybody to the ground until Saturday, but we’ll have a little more contact tomorrow. I thought the defense made an awful lot of plays in pass skeleton.”
This week, the Dawgs will have shells on Thursday, and will practice in full pads for the first time on Saturday; Friday will be an off day.
The team has 12 more practices over the next four weeks, which will culminate with the annual G-Day Game on Saturday, April 14, at Sanford Stadium.