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.