Samuel Moves to ILB

ATHENS – Richard Samuel is on the move again, although this time it's not quite as drastic as his switch from offense to defense earlier this offseason.

After a brief tryout at outside linebacker, new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham decided Samuel was a better fit playing inside linebacker, where he'll be better able to utilize his speed in coverage.

"He can run, he can cover, and by playing inside, you can still blitz, but there's a little more coverage element involved, and that would utilize his speed," Grantham said.

Grantham said all his inside linebackers have crosstrained at both inside positions – the Mike and Mo, as Grantham is calling them – and Samuel will work at each.

That still leaves Georgia a bit thin at outside linebacker, but head coach Mark Richt said the staff felt the best option was to put Samuel where he had the best chance to succeed rather than trying to fill out a depth chart.

"It's probably a little bit more natural for him (to play inside)," Richt said. "We started him outside a little bit because of some issues with numbers at outside linebacker, but to give him a more fair opportunity, we moved him inside."

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