New Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was told Tuesday that players have said the energy level brought from new staff members has translated over to their own energy on the practice field.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know, I don‚Äôt see a lot,‚Äù Rocker said before breaking into a big smile. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm just kidding. I‚Äôm trying to get the energy out of them.‚Äù
Rocker said he‚Äôs looking for his players to have more ‚Äúactive plays‚Äù and better effort, which shows up in assists on the tackle charts.
‚ÄúIf we don‚Äôt have assists as D-linemen, we‚Äôre not chasing the ball, we‚Äôre not doing the things we need to do to be successful,‚Äù Rocker said.
James DeLoach, who performed well in Saturday‚Äôs scrimmage, joined Jonathan Taylor and Sterling Bailey on the first-team defensive line during Tuesday‚Äôs practice.
‚ÄúYou produce, you stay,‚Äù Rocker said. ‚ÄúYou don‚Äôt produce, next. It‚Äôs all about playing with the right combination and to get guys to produce with full-speed effort. That‚Äôs the most important thing. That‚Äôs what I‚Äôm working on up front is effort. Try to eliminate the MA‚Äôs (missed assignments) and go forward.‚Äù
Ray Drew was dropped from first team to third team this spring, but was moved back up to second team after making plays Saturday.
‚ÄúThe biggest thing now is just to get them in condition because in the past Georgia just played in the 3-4 defense whereas we‚Äôre playing multiple defenses,‚Äù Rocker said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre doing a variety of things so we need to be leaner and faster and we‚Äôre learning different concepts. It‚Äôs getting them in better shape and getting their mind focused on that we‚Äôre going 100 miles an hour, you‚Äôve got a lot of information right now.‚Äù
Safety Tray Matthews and cornerback Devin Bowman joined DeLoach moving to the first team on Tuesday.
DeLoach, Matthews and Taylor were arrested before spring practices for ‚Äúdouble-dipping‚Äù UGA-issued tuition checks, but their discipline hasn‚Äôt been announced.