Rodney Garner gets ready to do what Rodney Garner does.

That is, adapt to a new defensive coordinator’s scheme.

Will Muschamp explained some of the ways he is changing Auburn’s defense last week. “There were a lot of hybrid guys,” Muschamp told reporters. “They played the Star position, which is a Nickel for us. We ask our nickel to do a little bit more coverage in our scheme and system.” Former coordinator Ellis Johnson used the Star as a safety/linebacker combo in his 4-2-5 scheme. Muschamp’s Nickel is more of a third safety or third corner, depending on the situation.

Muschamp also uses a hybrid position called the Buck, which is a 4-3 defensive end who can move around the formation like a 3-4 outside linebacker. At Florida, Dante Fowler Jr. filled that role. At Auburn, redshirt sophomore Carl Lawson should thrive in the position. “I think he’ll be very effective,” Muschamp told reporters. “I know he has very good initial quickness and a very good first step. That’s one of the critical factors at that position that you have to have to be successful.” The 6’2”, 261-pound Lawson is still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered last summer, but he should be at full speed by preseason camp.

Really, think about it.  How many defensive line coaches have played under as many different approaches as Garner has over the last fifteen years?  He ought to write a survival book about it.


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10 responses to “Rodney Garner gets ready to do what Rodney Garner does.

  1. Bright Idea

    Garner can only coach the guys who play inside so it doesn’t matter to him. His job is to recruit until he gets complacent and tired of it and those in charge figure out he can’t coach.


  2. @gatriguy

    Chapter 1 of that book: If You Know Where the Bodies are Buried, They’ll Never Ask You to Leave.


    • Bulldawg165

      So there are bodies buried at UGA? Like what?


    • Dudemankind

      A friend of mine calls Garner the “Bag Man.”


      • Garner knows where bodies are buried from both his UT and UGA days. Now that he’s at a school with no shame whatsoever notice how he suddenly doesn’t just never contact state of Georgia lineman and is actually doing his job again. Sorry but he’s had rumors following him for decades and sucks as a position coach.

        He had been stealing $$ from UGA for years and all of a sudden is doing a great job at a school with no shame and a good slush fund.


  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Lawson will do fine… Unless he winds up in RG’s doghouse – then he’ll never been seen again until he’s in the nfl.

    I understand freshman DT Pollack hated RG and considered transferring. Thankfully, CMR convinced Pollack to stay. He was switched to DE and the rest is history. Another Bulldawg point of ….


  4. 69Dawg

    If Rodney Garner couldn’t recruit he would have been out of coaching 20 years ago. He did less with more than any coach UGA ever had. We have had absolute All-Pros at the interior position and they were mediocre in college. He only knew one move “BULL RUSH” and that was it. Offensive Lineman didn’t have to study film of UGA. If you were strong enough you would win the battle 9 out of 10 times. He was and is a joke as a position coach.


  5. When I saw the headline I thought you meant RG would steal $$ from and not even recruit guys from UGA’s backyard and then all of a sudden once Mama calls actually start doing his job again.