Thursday, April 8, 2010
Georgia's Gamble walking the walk
By ESPN.com staff
Senior Darryl Gamble said back in March when spring practice began that Georgia needed to play more as a team defensively next season and less as individuals.
For Gamble, that wasn't just lip service.
With the Bulldogs hurting at outside linebacker, Gamble slid over from the inside, where he's worked all spring, to the outside in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense.
Georgia was looking for more depth at outside linebacker anywhere it could find it after Montrez Robinson was dismissed from the team last weekend.
Gamble and Grantham had already been talking about Gamble also learning to play on the outside in a cross-training move, but those talks became reality after Robinson was sent packing following his third arrest in five months.
Gamble now joins Justin Houston and Cornelius Washington as the top guys at the outside linebacker position and will attempt to shore up his pass-rushing skills. He was one of the Bulldogs' more versatile linebackers a year ago, and most importantly, a team guy to the core.
"Coach Grantham is trying to bring us more together," said Gamble, who started in 11 games last season and was sixth on the team with 47 tackles. "We want to do everything as one pack and one defense this year. There’s not going to be any room for individuals."