Rodney Garner Juggling Lineup

ATHENS - No Georgia coach has juggled personnel more frequently this season than defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

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 poor performance.

"Darrius has picked it up in the last three weeks. He has played a lot harder," Garner said. "Darrius can be a good player. He's just got to do 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. "Now we 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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