ATHENS – When fall camp begins Todd Grantham plans to find out who can play at the highest level, regardless of age, class or experience—that means he's not opposed to using freshmen.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham spoke to the media Thursday about the approach he plans to take with first-year players. With fall camp two weeks away Grantham will use the same methods he learned in the NFL to see if young guys are ready to contribute, he said.
"My philosophy when you have freshmen; it's just like when you have rookies," he said. "We're going to put them in there early and evaluate them and find out first of all the best position for them this year, and how they can help and what kind of role they could have for this year. We'll start that once we get going with those guys, and we'll evaluate all those guys."
Spending the last 10 years coaching in the NFL taught Grantham the importance of depth, establishing each player's role and that injuries will happen.
He plans to further evaluate the best 50 players derived in spring practice, and to adjust accordingly to the fresh faces added to the locker room by incoming freshmen.
"During the course of the season you're always going to need a guy," Grantham said. "You're always going to need something. I think it's important that you stack your players in a sense that it allows you to put the next best players on the field to give you the best chance to win. So when our freshmen hit the field we're going to evaluate all those guys and put them in a position to help us if they're ready."