Georgia's defense off to a brisk start

March, 30, 2011
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Despite losing two of his most productive players from last season (linebackers Akeem Dent and Justin Houston), Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was optimistic that Year No. 2 would bring better results.

It's just spring practice, but Georgia's defense is off to a brisk start.

Even Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo conceded Tuesday after the Bulldogs' first full-contact practice in pads that the defense stole the show.

"We got it kind of handed to us," Bobo said.

Obviously, there's two ways to look at that if you're a Georgia fan. Is the offense really that far behind, or is the defense simply playing faster and more instinctively the second time around under Grantham?

One thing's for sure. The Bulldogs' defenders couldn't wait to put on full pads when the spring began.

"There's a lot more accountability on defense," junior middle linebacker Christian Robinson said. "It was new for all of us last year, and sometimes it was like we were all waiting on each other to make a play. That hesitancy is gone now because everybody is so much more comfortable in this system."

Plugging in Jarvis Jones at outside linebacker is a key, because he's versatile enough that Grantham thinks the Bulldogs will be able to use him in a number of different ways. He's not just a pass-rusher and more of a true linebacker.

Keep in mind that the Bulldogs also add 340-pound junior college noseguard John Jenkins to the equation this summer. Jenkins is the reason DeAngelo Tyson moved from noseguard to end, and Grantham said one of the things that hampered the Bulldogs last season was not having a noseguard capable of consistently commanding double-teams.

Jenkins, by all accounts, is that guy.

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