NEW ORLEANS‚ÄîThere‚Äôs a lot of excitement about all those Georgia players returning on defense this year: Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree, Shawn Williams, John Jenkins, Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington among them.
Junior Kwame Geathers isn‚Äôt usually one of those names mentioned, probably because he‚Äôs slotted behind Jenkins at nose guard.
‚ÄúI think next year is his breakout year,‚Äù said Carlton Geathers, a South Carolina reserve basketball forward who just happens to be Kwame‚Äôs first cousin. ‚ÄúI just want the best for him so I hope he has a breakout year. I thought he had a decent year this year.‚Äù
The 6-foot-6, 350-pound Geathers had 14 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery last season.
Kwame Geathers was busy and couldn‚Äôt get to South Carolina‚Äôs game at Georgia last Saturday, but Carlton says he talks to his first cousin ‚Äúabout every weekend.‚Äù
Carlton Geathers, in town here for the SEC tournament, played one season with Kwame at Carvers Bay in Georgetown, S.C., in Kwame‚Äôs senior season, but unlike others in the Geathers family‚Äîlike Kwame‚Äôs brothers Robert and Clifton‚ÄîCarlton gravitated to hoops over the gridiron.
Georgia plays at South Carolina on Oct. 6 in a game that figures to have big SEC East implications.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll be in Gamecock colors,‚Äù Carlton said.
Georgia‚Äôs strength staff under Joe Tereshinski has made some new hires.
Former Penn State head strength coach John Thomas is joining the staff as an assistant after 20 years with the Nittany Lions under Joe Paterno. He was not retained by new coach Bill O‚ÄôBrien.
Also being hired as a speed specialist is Sherman Armstrong from V.A.S.T. Sports Performance in Tampa, who said last month that he had interviewed on campus and was a strong candidate. Their hires should officially be announced soon.
The strength staff lost longtime staffer Keith Gray recently to the Philadelphia Eagles and Thomas Brown to Tennessee-Chattanooga, where Brown is now the running backs coach.
–Some other football staff happenings.
Georgia will be hiring a director of on-campus recruiting who will work with recruiting assistant Ben Brandenburg.
Former Georgia walk-on quarterback Jonathan Batson moved into the graduate assistant role on offense, replacing former Bulldog offensive lineman Nick Jones, who took a job on staff at Coastal Carolina.
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