Garner: Defensive line needs to step up

ATHENS - Defensive line coach Rodney Garner never has been hesitant to send messages to his players through the media, and he took a few good shots Friday afternoon.

While he said the whole defensive tackle unit took a step backward in Thursday's scrimmage, he saved most of his wrath for junior Ray Gant. When asked why Gant didn't practice, Garner said, "he's just banged up."

He wouldn't elaborate on the injury but said, "he's fine, just Gant."

"He'll be ready physically (to play Sept. 3)," Rodney Garner said. "Hopefully, he'll be ready as a football player. I was really disappointed in the way he played in the scrimmage from a football standpoint."

At one point, Gant was slated to start in place of the suspended Kedric Golston against Boise State. That's probably still the case, but Garner left some room for doubt.

"You wish he was out here to work on his fundamentals," Garner said. "There's just so much room for improvement, so much room, so much. He definitely needs the fundamentals."

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