"That's what he means to me," Garner said. "I'm elated for him and his family. I think he's overdue. He's paid his dues. He has a proven resume, he's a good man, a great coach, a great teacher. I think it's long overdue, and I'm excited that he's getting this opportunity and I'm hoping it all works out."
"They've told me to be ready to get my weight down 5 or 10 more pounds so I can go back out there," he said. "I guess I can see where they are coming from. He shouldn't feel right trying to get a true freshman out there trying to protect his quarterback so I can kind of see that."
The Bulldogs are losing all three of their tackles – Daniel Inman, Ken Shackleford and Michael Turner -- after the bowl game. Adams, 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, played tackle his first two seasons at Georgia but is now more comfortable guard, where he's started 10 games.
"I really have grown to love guard right now," he said. "It's helped me improve a lot, but tackle is nice, too."
PRACTICE REPORT: The Bulldogs (8-4) practiced twice Saturday as they continue to prepare for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against No. 14 Virginia Tech (10-2) on Dec. 30 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.