March 6, 2010

Tyson right where he wants to be

For all the adjusting that most members of Georgia's defense have to do learning the 3-4, DeAngelo Tyson feels his may not be quite so difficult to make.

Don't get the Statesboro native wrong.

There were plenty of miss-steps by virtually everyone on the Bulldog D during Thursday's first day of spring drills, as players were forced to take baby steps trying to pick up Todd Grantham's new scheme.

But in the case of Tyson, the rising junior doesn't see a whole lot of difference between the nose and the defensive tackle spot he played his first two seasons with the Bulldogs.

"The nose is not really different," Tyson said. "You just have to be more aggressive."

Tyson seems determined to make the position his.

When Grantham was first hired, Tyson made it clear from the outside that he intended to compete for the starting nose position.

"I'm just going to work hard, learn it and play it to the best of my ability," Tyson said. "I just feel like I would need to get stronger because you don't want to get too big and not be able to move."

At 290 pounds, Tyson is at the exact weight Grantham wants him to be.

"That's what he said and I like that," Tyson said. "You don't want to be too big where you can't move. I think this (weight) is going to fit me well."

Grantham sees no reason why Tyson can't succeed.

"When we were in Dallas, Jay Ratliff made the pro bowl as a nose tackle, and he's an undersized nose tackle," Grantham said. "We're going to be more of a one-gap team so you can play with guys that are like that."

While Tyson appears to be the early favorite to win the starting job, he's not the only one being groomed to play the position.

Kwame Geathers and Brandon Wood have been two other names being mentioned by Grantham.

Thursday, however, it was Tyson who saw the majority of the reps at nose as Geathers was held out with an undisclosed injury.

"It went pretty good," Tyson said. "There were actually as many errors as I thought there would be, although we're definitely still learning and will be for a while."

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