2005 Up and Comer: Ray Gant

ATHENS – For the first time in a long time Ray Gant is healthy.

Gant redshirted in 2002, and finished 2003 with 39 tackles – then he got hurt in the spring of 2004. He still managed to play in nine games for the Dawgs last season, but his production was limited.

Now Gant will become the defensive line's most diverse player. He's going to play the "three" position in 2005. That means he will be lining up at both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Bulldogs. He made that transition during 2005's spring drills, and the work seems to have paid off.

Gant had three tackles, two tackles-for-loss and two sacks at G-Day 2005. Ray Gant is listed as the number two defensive end behind sixth-year senior Will Thompson. There is no depth chart for the three-position, but if there were Gant would be at the top of that list. A healthy 2005 could mean big things for Gant. He's second in line for one of the ultra-competitive defensive end spots, and he'll likely get scores of snaps early in the season at defensive tackle while Kedric Golston serves his suspension. Expect big things from Gant this season, if he can stay healthy.

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