Georgia's defensive line coach believes that with great size comes great responsibility.
"There's something about big guys," Rodney Garner said. "If they can set the
tone, you feel like you've got a chance. You like your chances when you
have leadership from the guys up front."
That puts the burden for the Bulldogs' defense squarely on 315-pound
Gerald Anderson and 292-pound Kedric Golston. With David Pollack, Odell Thurman and Thomas Davis preparing to start their NFL careers, the task
of leading goes to Anderson and Golston, Georgia's starting defensive
tackles, Garner said.
"He tells us that all the time," Anderson said. "He puts a lot on me
and Kedric to take on a leadership role."
"He always says it doesn't matter what anybody else does," Golston
said. "It always starts up front."
With the talkative Pollack, Thurman and Davis gone, Anderson and
Golston will have to take more responsibility in the locker room this
"We're in a situation where we have to demand more out of ourselves,"
"Neither one of us is really that vocal, but we need to be vocal this
year," Golston said.
On the field, Anderson and Golston need to keep doing what they did
last year. They combined for just 54 tackles, but that's not an
indication of their impact since the Bulldogs use them mainly to clog up
the middle and occupy blockers.
"I love them, they're great," Coach Mark Richt said. "I think they're
great players, great leaders and great people. They're a good duo, too,
peas-in-a-pod kind of guys."
Anderson said he and Golston aspire to be the Bulldogs' best duo since
Marcus Stroud and Richard Seymour, both of whom were selected in the
first 13 picks of the NFL Draft.
"Ever since I got recruited by Georgia, that's all I've heard, ‘Stroud
and Seymour, Stroud and Seymour,'" Anderson said. "The thing is, me and
Kedric are in the driver's seat to have that type of legacy. That would
be a dream come true."
Anderson and Golston are very aware of the tradition of defensive
tackles who have come before them. Two years after Stroud and Seymour
left Georgia, Johnathan Sullivan was the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL
"We just know Coach Garner knows what he's talking about because he's
had some great defensive linemen," Golston said. "The proof's in the
It's too early to tell or not he and Anderson can be as good as there
predecessors, Garner said.
"I'm glad (Anderson) has that type of confidence," he said. "I'm glad
they want to work to get to that. That's certainly going to be the goal,
to work to get to that standard."
ATHENS — When Rodney Garner was hired to coach tight ends at Auburn in 1990, he left a job in public…