ATHENS — Fewer words often sum it up much better, as was the case when Kevin Sherrer, Georgia’s defensive assistant coach, was asked about Leonard Floyd.
Sherrer usually gives details and informative answers. But when he was asked whether Floyd – who is working at multiple positions – looks comfortable and effective wherever he’s put, Sherrer just nodded.
“Yeah … Yeah,” Sherrer said, raising his eyebrows and adding simply: “He’s a good player.”
In other words – since Sherrer didn’t provide more – the Floyd experiment seems to be going quite well.
Floyd, a junior, has mostly played outside linebacker, dabbling at inside linebacker and the star the past two seasons. Now the Bulldogs are seeing how equally he can split up the three spots, as they try to make use of his athletic abilities, and get other good outside linebackers (Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy) on the field more.
That requires better pass coverage and run-stopping ability from Floyd, who has 12.5 career sacks but zero interceptions and only one pass break-up. Floyd also missed all of spring practice, recovering from shoulder surgery.
But defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt also said he’s liked what he’s seen in fall camp.
“It’s been good,” said Pruitt, not one to dish out too much praise. “He’s got to work a lot of different positions, he’s one of the few guys we’ve got who can do that. With some injuries we’ve had he’s the guy who’s kind of plugged in with who was out. So it’s been good for him, and it’s been good for us as a defense.”
Inside linebackers Tim Kimbrough and Reggie Carter each missed a good chunk of preseason camp, but both were back out there Monday.
Floyd has continued to be with the outside linebackers during the media viewing periods of practice, which tend to just be positional drills. But when Sherrer mentioned Monday that he had “probably four guys that have got the opportunity to play in some role or capacity,” he wasn’t including Floyd. That points to Floyd basically being in his own category when it comes to his position.
The idea is to make Georgia’s defense more versatile, and thus better.
“Leonard’s working a couple different position, which kind of helps open up some opportunities for some other guys to go out there and work a little bit,” Sherrer said. “You’ve got young guys and the freshmen that have come in and worked too. We have different packages, as you change packages, the guys on the field change also. So it’s kind of a revolving door depending on what type of offense we’re facing, and down and distance situation.”