The days of seeing 300+ pound defensive lineman, at Georgia, has officially ended—so sayeth new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
The former (defensive) staff would like to get guys that looked like they were ready to play the minute they walked on campus, so to speak, almost looked like an NFL player. There are some high school guys that look that way. But this staff is more concerned about guys being leaner, being faster, with more quickness and agility. We might sign an inside linebacker at 190 pounds, which is not big enough for SEC football. But in about a year or two he could be about 225 and maybe run like a deer. So we’re looking at more of those guys. Tracy Rocker, our D-Line coach, he’s got this term. He says, ‘I don’t want any fatty-breads around here.’ So we’re not going to recruit any fatty-breads. If there are any fatty-breads on campus, they’re in trouble, because they are going to get their weight or they are going to continue to run that treadmill or the mixed martial arts, whatever they’ve got to do to burn those calories and get the fatty off their bread.” (Gentry Estes, Dawgs247)
It’s no secret, Georgia saw their fair share of growing pains, from the “nose” position, under former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Despite having a bevy of talent (John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, to name a couple), there always seemed to be a bit of inconsistency, at that spot; particularly where stopping the run was concerned (see 2012 SEC Championship); they were either lights out or one big green light. No gray
And if there was a mobile quarterback on the football field—fuhgettaboutit—it was like Christmas for an opposing offense every time the ball was snapped.
The days of putting a big guy up front to stuff the run are over; offenses these days tend towards speed, and that means you need guys who are conditioned enough to handle both the pace and the responsibility that going up against such offenses entails.