The Bulldogs wrapped up their practice with an 11-on-11 scrimmage. This was the first time that the defense had gone full-speed in pads since new defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Todd Grantham has begun to install a 3-4 defense.
"We had a lot of energy out there during the first portion of practice, which was the different tackling drills," said head coach Mark Richt, whose team practiced under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. "But as the day went on, I thought we lost a little steam. I think this was mostly about not being sure of what we were doing defensively, which is natural at this point. The more understanding we get, the faster our guys on defense are going to play."
Grantham, linebackers coach Warren Belin and secondary coach Scott Lakatos all experienced their first action at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. The new Bulldog defensive trio was hired following Georgia's Independence Bowl win after the 2009 season.
"It's been hard to figure out the defense so far," said redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, adding that "there aren't many receivers, but the quality of them is unbelievable". "(The defensive) guys are moving and shifting and it's hard to know where they're going right now. But the more we practice, I think we'll get a little better handle on it."
The Bulldogs resume spring practice on Tuesday, March 23 before having three more practices next week. Georgia wraps up its spring practices with the annual G-Day game on Saturday, April 10.