Although he technically presides over just two positions -- nose tackle and defensive tackle -- Garner has already started four different players. He is expected to add a fifth Saturday when Gerald Anderson joins Kedric Golston to open the Tennessee game.
Anderson, a 6-foot-2, 318-pound sophomore, missed most of preseason
practice due to a concussion and has made slow but steady progress since
returning. He has 12 tackles and one quarterback pressure this season.
"Gerald played well (against Alabama)," Garner said. "It
was good to
see him have some success. He's starting to feel a little better about
himself as a player and a productive member of this team. It's exciting
to see him accepting his role changing."
Darrius Swain, a 325-pound sophomore, is also playing better, Garner
said. Swain will back up Golston on Saturday, while senior Ken Veal will
play behind Anderson. For weeks, Swain has occupied a special place in
Garner's doghouse. He didn't make the trip to LSU three weeks ago due to
"Darrius has picked it up in the last three weeks. He has played a
harder," Garner said. "Darrius can be a good player. He's just got to
it our way."
Ray Gant, who started three games at defensive tackle, missed the
Alabama game due to suspension. Gant has been moved to defensive end at
least for this week, but that has nothing to do with his previous
punishment, Garner said.
"It's over," Garner said of Gant's reprimand for missing class.
move on to the next mischievous event that he has, which, if you know
Ray Gant, it won't be long."
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