Star, baby.

When you know things are wide open in the secondary:

On Adam Anderson playing STAR and experimenting at OLB…
“Basically when you are an outside backer, you are a STAR. I know that’s really complicated, but in a 3-4 system, you have two outside backers. Well, every snap that we play a 3-4, we have a STAR that is an outside backer. So Mark Webb was an outside backer on 50 percent of the snaps. Well, that’s what Adam Anderson is. If you’re going to rush him 50 percent of the time, would you rather rush Mark Webb or Adam Anderson? You’ve got to build your defense around a structure of what you want to do. They both have great strengths, their strengths are different, and we think that he can help us from a rush standpoint. What we’re experimenting with right now is him having to cover, because he gives us the luxury of playing four DBs instead of five, and it accentuates our lack lack of DB, but it accentuates our strength at rush guys if we’re able to play with him. So we’re challenging him, asking him to do a lot that if we had to play a game tomorrow, we would ask him to do all these things. But we’re trying to teach him and have an open mindset with him.”

Anderson certainly has enough speed not to be a liability in coverage, but that doesn’t mean he’s an asset in coverage.  At least not yet.  But you can certainly see why Kirby is tempted with this.  When you’ve got more depth at outside linebacker than you do at corner, it’s certainly worth exploring the possibility of playing to your strength.  Let’s hope it works.

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13 responses to “Star, baby.

  1. gotthepicture

    Didn’t Leonard Floyd or one of those other freakish tall-fast OLB also do some work in coverage as the Star?

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    • Down Island Way

      Only dude i didn’t fear (recently) in coverage wears # 58 at the next level…

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    • MGW

      I had the same thought, but couldn’t remember who. I recall we had two or three who were asked to do it, and at least one was very good. Lorenzo Carter, Jarvis Jones, and Leonard Floyd I believe. I think it was Floyd who could actually cover some receivers pretty well(especially in zone) and was a nightmare for TE’s. If there was one thing Grantham could do well, it was to make the most out of a great OLB.

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      • MGW

        As I looked that up, I noticed that Mondon and Sorey are both listed at 6’3″ and about 215-220 lbs on 247sports, and are the #’s 3 and 4 highest rated all time UGA OLB recruits. If there’s an OLB body type that’s conducive to playing coverage, both those guys have it. Just throwing that out there.

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      • Down Island Way

        Roquan Smith…

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  2. KingMackeral

    From learning this spring, he may not play Star on a regular basis come real game time, but having the ability to do so in certain situations will only provide the defense with an advantageous twist that opposing OCs have to consider (and fret about).

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  3. theotherdoug

    I wonder if Kirby is testing the idea of training an OLB so his personnel doesn’t tip the defensive scheme. We might not see a lot of it this year, but it sounds like a good long term idea.

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  4. David K

    This is all well and good for most of the schedule but the past 2 National Champs had a set of receivers where Anderson would be a liability in coverage. Kirby needs to be worried about winning 4 games next year. Florida, Bama in the SEC Championship, and 2 playoff games. Everything we do should be focused on winning those 4 games. I have worries about a 225 lb linebacker playing safety when it comes to those 4 games.

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    • DawgFlan

      I’m not worried about Adam Anderson’s speed against any team we face. He’s faster than LeCounte. If he can bring his speed with the extra length and 30+ pounds more beef, he is going to match up well to TEs and scare the crap of WRs coming over the middle. It comes down to learning the position and skills. I trust Kirby and staff the adequately train and asses him there.

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  5. 123 Fake St

    AA has to love this. His weight is what kept him off the field for 1st and 2nd downs.
    He was still effective as a pass rusher on obvious passing downs too. Now he gets to be a rushing threat all three downs.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Some of these players have freakish athletic ability. Kentucky got every ounce of talent out of Josh Allen by moving him around. So I hope we’ll do that with Anderson. And Jalen Carter could be moved around like Aubie did with Derrick Brown. Confuse and attack the offense. I’m all for it.

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  7. bigjohnson1992

    Hell, put him at safety. Talk about intimidating.

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  8. Dawg in Austin

    Seems to me they’re just getting him reps at OLB when he’s just been a DPR to date. If Kirby thinks it’s a good idea to bring back a true 3-4 for more than 20% of downs – and I’m sure he doesn’t – we’re in deep shit.

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