The Wait on Thompson Might Not Be Long

ATHENS - Tracy Rocker was talking about Trent Thompson, the big defensive tackle with big-time expectations, when Rocker remembered what his wife Lalitha tells him.

That he needs to be more patient.

“In this day and time, patience gets your butt fired,” the Georgia defensive line coach said laughing.

Thompson, a freshman, is coming along and each day he said something he does gets better, Rocker said.

“You go out there and sometimes you see greatness, then you see a high schooler,” he said. “I think the more and more he gets comfortable, the better he understands the speed of the game of the SEC. He’ll understand the technique and the blocks he’s getting and he’s going to be a decent player in this league and hopefully he keeps maturing.”

Outsiders may expect Georgia just to plug the 6-foot-4, 307-pounder from Albany into the lineup, but his position coach has a different approach as he plans a rotation on the line.

“I’m not here to put pressure on Trent to say, `Hey, you’ve got to hurry up and get ready to go out there and play and stop everybody," he said. "No, it’s learning how to play the game. That’s what we taught him in the recruiting process. We’re going to teach you how to play the game correctly so that you have success when you take take field.”

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