ATHENS – Midway through the 2007 season, Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran started getting a little lonely.
More and more, Curran noticed, he was one of only two linebackers on the field rather than the traditional three. The strong side linebacker, called the Sam linebacker by the Bulldogs, was nowhere to be found, unless Curran looked to the sideline.
"I noticed that we didn't use the Sam as much, especially against Florida," Curran said. "That was one of the reasons I even got to play, we brought the Sam out, and I got the opportunity to come in in a different type of defense."