Georgia football: Outside linebacker group suddenly looking thin in spring drills
ATHENS – Suddenly, the outside linebacker group went from looking like one of the most plentiful positions for Georgia football to startlingly meager.
Coach Dan Lanning had only four outside linebackers working with him during the brief media period. Those Bulldogs were Adam Anderson, Azeez Ojulari, Nolan Smith and walk-on Matthew Brown.
Junior college transfer Jermaine Johnson, who has created a good amount of buzz this spring, was not seen during the 10-minute observation period. Walter Grant was back with the running backs, still wearing his No. 84 jersey.
Grant, who started eight games last season and played in all 29 games the last two years at outside linebacker, has been getting a look at running back and tight end this spring.
Meanwhile, Robert Beal and Brenton Cox — the roommates who were busted for marijuana possession an hour before Tuesday’s practice started — were being run through drills inside Georgia’s Payne Indoor Athletic Facility.
That’s the first indication that they’re actively being subjected to discipline that separates them from traditional teamwork.
Conversely, the offensive and defensive lines were looking relatively crowded in comparison. Senior David Marshall, who has been out since midseason last year with a foot injury, worked through drills alongside nine other players under the watchful eye of position coach Tray Scott.
Kirby Smart was mic’d up for the practice. His voice would boom out asserting occasional instructions and incitements.
The Bulldogs were in full pads for practice No. 8. It represents the halfway point for spring practice, which will conclude with the G-Day Game on April 20.
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