Tripp’n with Walter Grant?

Jeez, Walter, I hope this works out for you.

When reporters made their way out to the Woodruff practice field for Georgia’s seventh workout of spring, it was easy to see something wasn’t quite right with the Bulldog running backs.

The usual suspects were there with D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, James Cook and Zamir White, but there was also a 6-foot-4 240-pound guy taking handoffs wearing a white No. 84 jersey. That guy was outside linebacker Walter Grant and yes, he was practicing in full with the running backs.

After practice, Kirby Smart explained why.

“He’s done a hell of a job,” Smart said. “I recruited Walter so I got to see Walter run the ball at Cairo. We said “hey, who on our team can help us the most right now at tight end and running back. I saw Walter run it, he played a lot of running back in high school. We recruited him when I was at Alabama as an either-or. He’s really bright, picks things up, catches the ball well. He’s big, but he’s done a good job back there. It’s an experiment I would say. Walter’s bright, he’s been in our system. He can sit in our meetings defensively and know what to do.”

I get Kirby’s rationale for the move.  Between injuries and trying to protect Swift before the season starts, there aren’t as many bodies in the backfield as he’d like for spring practice.  But every day Grant is an experiment instead of a linebacker is a day less for him getting reps where he’ll be playing in the fall… which kind of makes me wonder if the coaches already know something about that.

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17 responses to “Tripp’n with Walter Grant?

  1. TomReagan

    Let’s hope he will be Edwardsed and not Tripped.

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  2. Silver Creek Dawg

    Charles Johnson immediately crossed my mind…

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  3. artful codger

    I could think McBride a candidate made-to-order for exactly this …apparently finding himself recruited-over at ILB

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  4. LakeOconeeDawg

    Sounds like we are planning for goal line power…………

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    • Macallanlover

      My thought as well. Senator might be right, could just be to spare some licks for the other RBs, but I feel this is an honest “let’s take a look while we have time”. Goal line blocking or running is the best bet after seeing those frustrations last season.

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    • Cousin Eddie

      A 240 lb. RB can impose his will on the goal line a little more than a 190lb guy.

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      • Ricky McDurden

        Grant is a slightly bigger version of Derrick Henry in this case. If it means never having to throw up in the stands while this team is on the goal line again, I say do it.

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  5. CB

    With Cox, Beal, Ojulari, Anderson, and now Johnson and Smith with only two OLB spots Grant could find himself an odd man out.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. Grant was a 3-star overachiever his freshman year. But 2018 wasn’t so hot for any of our OLBs not named Walker. And there’s a backlog of 5-star and high 4-star recruits looking for playing time. I hope things work out for Grant at whatever position he lines up at.

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    • Russ

      Cox and Beal may be up in smoke, at least for a game or two.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Think Kirby has about had it with the silliness, I expect some examples to be made. Handling it internally can only go so far if the players lack maturity and take advantage of minimal downtime. QB may the only position where we can’t play “next man up” for those who laugh at the rules. We got the hosses, ride ’em!

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