September 7, 2010

Lakatos sees no correlation at all

Scott Lakatos started shaking his head before the question could get out of a reporter's mouth.

No, there's nothing at all Georgia's secondary coach can glean from last year's Papa John's Bowl in Birmingham, Ala, when he served in the same capacity for UConn, which beat the Gamecocks 20-7.

It was not one of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia's better days.

Garcia completed just 16-of-38 passes for only 129 yards with one interception as the Huskies held South Carolina to just 200 total yards.

But as Lakatos is quick to point out, that was then. This is now.

"Oh gosh, it's totally, totally different," Lakatos said. "First of all it was 30 degrees at kickoff which made a big difference. You know, those guys are a different team than what they were last January and this is a totally different outfit here. To sit and compare is like comparing apples and oranges."

He added there's only a little from a schematic standpoint that his Bulldog secondary is doing compared to what was done at UConn.

"This is a totally different thing," Lakatos said. "There's some similarities to what we were doing at UConn, but for the most part, I'm looking at it as that was last year and this is this year."

Lakatos just knows his secondary is in for a challenge.

With the exception of 5-foot-7 freshman speedster Ace Sanders, South Carolina's six-deep at receiver runs 6-4, 6-0, 6-3, 6-5 and 6-2.

"They're very, very talented, the quarterback (Garcia) is playing really well and all those guys it seems are 6-3, 6-5, 200-, 210-pound guys. They do a lot of things offensively that put a strain on your coverage and we're going to have to do a good a job as we can to make sure we are where we are supposed to be."

Grantham pleased with defense

After further review, Todd Grantham had this to say about last Saturday's performance against Louisiana-Lafayette.

"It was pretty much what I thought on the field. I thought we were solid in some areas but there are some areas that we can improve upon," Grantham said. "It's going to be important that we move forward, but this was a good first step in our process. We just need to continue to get better each week."

Grantham said he has the utmost respect for Gamecocks, coming off a 41-13 win over Southern Miss.

"They have a number of challenges, first is their offensive line, those guys are big. They can push the pile," Grantham said. "The runners they have are talented and the freshman they have (freshman Marcus Lattimore) is a really talented guy. He's powerful and runs downhill, but in space he can make guys miss. They have some complimentary guys to him, then when you look at their receivers they're very big; they do a good job getting open in close quarters and when they catch the ball they can make things happen in space."

Grantham has hooked up against Spurrier before

Grantham's first and only matchup against South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was in 2002.

Grantham was the defensive line coach at Houston while Spurrier was wrapping up his first campaign as head coach of the Redskins.

"Yeah, I remember that game. We had five defensive linemen active and I was thinking there was no way we'd get another guy hurt and right away we get a guy hurt on kickoff after the first play and we're down to four," Grantham said. "You always remember the bad things."

Washington won the game 26-10.

This and that

Grantham said he's not ready to think about redshirting linebacker Richard Samuel who is still battling a knee injury. "I think because it's so early you want him to come back and see what he can do," Grantham said. "There are a lot of things that can happen. He can be a role player or something; there are a lot of factors that go into it. As early as it is in the season I think it would be good to get him back out there and see what he can do." … Head coach Mark Richt had high praise for his team following their full-pads practice in full pads. "I thought it was a championship practice today," Richt said. "Everybody did well, from the ones and twos all the way through the scout teams. The effort was excellent, and we had zero penalties on offense and defense, which is a first this season."



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