January 25, 2010

Dawgs ready for fresh start with Grantham

Count Demarcus Dobbs among those impressed with new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Grantham, along with new secondary coach Scott Lakatos met their players for the first time Friday afternoon and from all indications the Bulldogs liked what they heard.

"Having a man of his wisdom and experience in the NFL, and the people he's coached, you're going to open your eyes and ears," Dobbs said. "I can't wait to see how the season goes and the difference he's going to make with our program and hopefully get us back to where we were before."

A rising senior, Dobbs admits he had some initial concerns when he first learned that Grantham was going to be his coach.

Nothing against the former Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach , but Dobbs was worried about how he might fit into Grantham's 3-4 scheme.

"I still don't know much about it because I've never played a 3-4, but I'm ready to play wherever," he said. "I'm just trying to make a name for himself. If he wants to put me at punter, at safety, it doesn't matter. I'll play my hardest and play for my teammates."

The thought of having to learn a new system his final season after spending his entire career in the 4-3 isn't a concern.

"Not at all. You just want someone to steer you right and he (Grantham) has the experience, and he's going to share that with us to get us all on the right track," Dobbs said. "We're ready to learn all we can. He'll lead us down the right path."

Dobbs is also confident the team will have no trouble adjusting to their new scheme.

Like most of his teammates, Dobbs saw the success Alabama enjoyed with the 3-4 in capturing the national championship.

"Football is all about different schemes and coaching changes happen all the time," Dobbs said. "All kind of things are going on, but football is still the game of football - you've got to beat the man in front of you, play with toughness and come together as brothers."

Dobbs praised head coach Mark Richt for the choices he's made.

"I'm excited for the season," he said. "I don't think Coach Richt would steer anybody wrong. He made his best judgment and he's brought the coaches in who he thinks are best suited for their positions."

But Dobbs admited that there was a time where he wondered when a decision would finally be made.

Almost five weeks had passed since Richt fired former defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, along with Jon Fabris and John Jancek.

Although he never doubted Richt would make a good decision, Dobbs laughed that the questions he kept getting from family and friends was starting to get old.

"Everybody was asking me if I had any idea, but I was in the dark as anyone. I really had no idea. Y'all (reporters) knew more than I did," Dobbs said. "But now that it's over, I'm ready to move on and I'm ready for the spring so we can finally get going. The anticipation is here and everything, but now I'm just ready to go out there and play."

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