"Derrick's got a lot of ability. Part of the thing he had to do was grow up a little bit," head coach Mark Richt said. "He's little by little doing the things we expected him to get done. And now he's gonna get an opportunity to play and make some plays for us. He's very talented and can make some plays."
"As we move forward, we're gonna try to find out what's the best combination of those guys," Grantham said. "So Derrick's a guy, we're gonna see what he can do."
Lott tore ligaments in his right ankle two days before the 2009 opener against Oklahoma State. That led to surgery and a redshirt. He expected to play more in 2010, but only appeared in three games, his best game a four-tackle performance against Vanderbilt.
"When I got back working, the ankle got back right, it felt like a brand new beginning for me," Lott said. "I showed out on the scout team. I think that got me a better chance to move over to the first defense, plus the three guys getting hurt I think gave me the opportunity."
Williams eyeing transfer
The junior from Bainbridge intends to transfer, according to a source close to him. Williams has shifted between linebacker and safety the past few years.
On Wednesday, Williams hesitated a few seconds when asked if he had any plans to leave.
"I'm here," he said, after UGA's practice at a Memphis prep school.
Williams has played eight games this year, with no starts, recording three tackles. He started the year at strong safety, then moved to middle linebacker, a scenario that also occurred his freshman season.
"Ideally it hasn't gone the way I thought it would," Williams said of his career. "But I'm not a quitter. So, you know, I feel I can play. I'm just gonna keep fighting and get on the field, that's all I can do at this point."