The advantage Kwame Geathers holds in the battle to start at nose tackle began in his uncle's yard at an early age.
ATHENS – Kwame Geathers doesn't ever expect a friendly hello when he sees his uncle Jumpy.
For Jumpy Geathers, it's all football, all the time. And when he sees Kwame, a sophomore nose tackle at Georgia, he wants to see progress. ‘Let me see your stance,' first thing," Kwame smiles as he recalls his uncle's customary greeting. "It's not even ‘Hey, how are you doing?'
It's, ‘Get down in your stance. Let me see it. When are you coming by the house and getting to work in the yard with me,' or something like that."
Jumpy played 12 seasons in the NFL, a 6-7 mountain of a man known for picking up blockers and carrying them on his way to the quarterback. Jumpy's brother Robert, Kwame's father, played defensive line at South Carolina State. Kwame's two older brothers, Robert Jr. and Clifton, currently play in the League.
"With my brothers, it's a little bit different," Kwame, 6-6, 350 pounds, said. "I mean, they're still playing. They tell me to keep working every day and just try to give me little pointers. My uncle? He's so hyped and ready to get after it."