Tell me you saw this coming after the Boise State game:
Inside linebackers: Mike Gilliard, who won the SEC defensive player of the week award on Monday, has been a revelation. Before the season began, it would have been laughable to predict the defense could thrive despite early injuries to Alec Ogletree and Christian Robinson. But after Ogletree broke his foot in the opener and Robinson missed two games with a foot injury, Gilliard and freshman Amarlo Herrera stepped in to help. (Safety Shawn Williams also moved down for a game.) Gilliard leads the team with 40 tackles, and in the 3-4 defense when an inside linebacker is the top tackler, that’s a good sign. (Last year, it was safety Bacarri Rambo). Grade: A+
To repeat something I wrote in a comment thread, Olividatti has proven to be a step up over Belin, who in my opinion did the best job of any position coach on the staff last season. He’s been fabulous.
Richt expects Ogletree back in time for Florida. That’ll create a formidable rotation at ILB of Gilliard, Herrera, Ogletree and Robinson. It’s a long way from Richt’s complaint after the opener about losing the one player in Ogletree that Georgia could least afford to go out, that’s for sure.