ATHENS, Ga. — When Georgia switched to a 3-4 defense in 2010, Kwame Geathers had to put his ego in the back seat and do what was best for the team.
Geathers was recruited as a 4-3 defensive tackle, but just one year into his career, Georgia changed its defense and he had to fight for playing time in an unfamiliar system.
He has now played two years in the 3-4 scheme and his familiarity with the system should make a significant difference this season.
“I feel a lot better now,” Geathers said. “I’m an older guy in the system now. I know what I’m doing out there a little more so I’m able to play faster. But I’ve got to continue to work hard and get better.”
Geathers is in his second full season of partnering with John Jenkins at nose tackle. He made a major step forward during spring drills when he was named a defensive MVP and made four tackles during the G-Day scrimmage.
FLORIDA: The quarterback competition will stretch into the season.
Coach Will Muschamp says both Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel will play in next weekend’s season opener against Bowling Green.
Muschamp says he hasn’t decided on a starter and hasn’t determined how game repetitions will be split. But he believes “both deserve the right to play.”
BUFFALO: Linebacker Khalil Mack has been reinstated and will miss the opener against Georgia.
Mack had been suspended indefinitely starting last Saturday for violating an unspecified team policy. Athletic director Danny White announced Friday that the junior will only have to miss the first game.
In July, Mack was one of 84 players picked for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy watch list. The honor is given to the nation’s top defensive player.