August 27, 2009: Georgia News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.


Junior linebacker Darryl Gamble has two seasons of big plays behind him, but consistency has remained elusive. This preseason, however, he's taken a step forward in his development and thinks he might be in for a career year.

"I had a good offseason working out and weight training," Gamble said. "I'm just trying to carry it over into this camp, and I think it's my best so far."

Head coach Mark Richt praised Gamble's leadership this offseason, and with linebackers Akeem Dent, Marcus Dowtin and Darius Dewberry all missing practices due to injuries, Gamble has had plenty of time to show he's ready to be a consistent contributor on defense in 2009.

"He's got a great attitude," Richt said. "He just seems like he's over the hump. He's a veteran now, watching those other puppies suffer, which is fun for those guys. He's really done a good job."


Freshman defensive end Montez Robinson got a helpful bit of advice before coming to Georgia to play ends coach Jon Fabris.

"My high school coach was similar to Fab, and he told me before I left, there will be people 10 times worse than me – not as a negative, but as demanding and wanting the best," Robinson said. "Coach Fab just wants the best for me, and I soak it in and I've been enjoying it."

While many of Georgia's freshmen thought they had a good idea of what they were in for during fall camp, they soon found out life in the SEC was a bit tougher than expected, and the coaches were far more demanding.

"It's true he gets a little rough, but you can already tell he just wants what's best for us," freshman tackle Abry Jones said of his position coach, Rodney Garner. "It gets tough at times, and we don't really want to hear it, but we get through it and try to do it better next time."

For senior defensive tackle Kade Weston, the screams and shouts from Garner are nothing new. He has been hearing them since he was a freshman, too, and that's the advice he has passed along to the new crop of Bulldogs this fall.

"Coach Garner's going to be Coach Garner, it doesn't matter who you are," Weston said. "He'll find something to get on you. He does it to everybody, and when you're younger, you think he's always on you. But I've been here five years now, and I see everybody goes through it."

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