UGA defense adjusts to new scheme

As a freshman redshirting in 2006, Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs had ample time to soak up the terminology used in a 4-3 scheme.

This spring, he had 15 practices to adjust to a 3-4 system.

"It was very different," Dobbs said. "The most difficult thing was that we installed something new almost every day, and there was so much that could get to you. Once we got it, though, and once everything got more settled and evened out, I thought it ran more smoothly and didn't seem as difficult."

The Bulldogs went through their 10th spring practice under head football coach Mark Richt but their first under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who spent the past 11 seasons in the NFL and prefers a formation with three linemen and four linebackers. Brian VanGorder used the 4-3 during his four seasons (2001-04) as coordinator under Richt, and Willie Martinez continued the scheme through his five years in the role.