Garner practices 'thug love' with freshman 

August, 6, 2012
8/06/12
5:14
PM ET
ATHENS, Ga. -- Preseason camp creates a test of willpower for any freshman football player, but it might be particularly difficult for Jonathan Taylor, who plays for one of Georgia’s most demanding position coaches, Rodney Garner.

Garner joked about his regular admonishments of the freshman defensive lineman when speaking with reporters Sunday, but he added that he is not worried that his criticisms will be too much for a freshman like Taylor.

“He’ll be OK. He’s a good kid. He’s tough,” Garner said before breaking out a 1970s TV reference. “You remember ‘The Six Million Dollar Man?’ What did they tell you? We must rebuild him.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Scene and Heard: Top 10 Predictions
In a conversation with ESPN's Antonietta Collins, national recruiting reporter Gerry Hamilton breaks down the recruiting momentum building at Auburn and offers predictions for where the top 10 recruits will commit.Tags: Trenton Thompson, Kerryon Johnson, Jeffery Holland, Martez Ivey, Torrance Gibson, Cece Jefferson, ESPN 300, RecruitingNation, high school football recruiting, Gerry Hamilton
VIDEO PLAYLIST video