Georgia Bulldogs: Fletcher Cox

New coach focused on wrapping up class 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Chris Wilson officially has been a member of Georgia’s coaching staff for three weeks, but the Bulldogs’ new defensive line coach barely has had time to even meet his new pupils.

Aside from a team meeting immediately after his hiring, Wilson and the other members of Mark Richt’s staff have been focused on wrapping up the recruiting class that will sign next Wednesday.

“We fill every minute of their day,” Wilson said Wednesday afternoon, “and every minute of my day when I’m not in the office is pretty full, too, on the road.”

Wilson, who took over Rodney Garner’s spot as line coach after working as defensive coordinator at Mississippi State in recent seasons, said he has hit the recruiting trail hard since arriving at Georgia. He has started to familiarize himself with the talent-rich Atlanta area and said his travels have taken him “from Kansas to South Georgia.”

Coincidentally, two of the top remaining prospects on Georgia’s board are defensive linemen in those locations -- ESPN’s No. 4 junior college prospect Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson Community College) and No. 2 defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County).

“We all have the same prospects or suspects on our board. What happens is obviously you have relationships with guys that are more in your region, and that’s probably the biggest difference,” Wilson said of the difference between recruiting at Mississippi State and UGA. “Obviously being at the University of Georgia, you have access to a few more of those quality athletes. That was the biggest thing is being able to build a relationship quickly with those guys.

“That’s been great because Coach Garner, who I have a lot of respect for, had done a tremendous job of selling the University of Georgia, as well as Coach Richt and Coach [Todd] Grantham. So it’s been fairly smooth so far.”

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia officially announced Wednesday afternoon that Chris Wilson will join Mark Richt’s coaching staff as defensive line coach, replacing Rodney Garner, who recently left for Auburn.

Wilson has been defensive line coach and either defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State since 2010 after spending five seasons at his alma mater, Oklahoma, coaching defensive ends and special teams.

“Chris is a tremendous teacher, outstanding recruiter, mentor and brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching the defensive line to our program,” Richt said in a university release. “He has an extensive background not only as a position coach, but also as a coordinator and is a very solid fit with what we do on defense.”

DawgNation first reported that Wilson had accepted the job last Friday.

In his 16 seasons as a college assistant, Wilson’s pupils included Mississippi State All-American Fletcher Cox and Oklahoma’s Jeremy Beal and Auston English and C.J. Ah You, all of whom reached the NFL.

“Our family is excited to have the opportunity of coaching at one of the top institutions in college football,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Georgia program and putting all our energy and effort into winning games and championships, which I know is the goal of all those in the Georgia football family.”

SEC players of the week

November, 28, 2011
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The SEC announced its players of the week:

Co-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards on 27 carries and also scored on a five-yard reception in Alabama’s 42-14 win at Auburn. It marked the 11th 200-yard rushing game in Alabamahistory and the first since Mark Ingram (246 vs. South Carolina in 2009). Richardson now leads the SEC and is ranked sixth nationally, averaging 131.9 yards per game. It was his 9th 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina: Shaw completed 14-of-20 passes for 210 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed for a career-best 107 yards on 19 carries and another score in South Carolina’s 34-13 win against Clemson. Shaw became the first Gamecocks quarterback since 2002 to rush for more than 100 yards in a game. His touchdown passes were from 49, 2 and 18 yards and his scoring run came from 15 yards out.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: Mathieu collected eight total tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown in LSU’s 41-17 win against Arkansas. He spent most of the game playing the safety position for the first time in his career. He started at safety instead of his usual cornerback spot, in place of an injured Eric Reid. Mathieu helped the Tigers limit Arkansas to 10 points and 254 total yards. The ‘Hogs 207 passing yards was their season-low. His 92-yard punt return tied the score at 14-14 in the second quarter. He forced a fumble on the Razorbacks next possession at the LSU 34-yard line.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Tydlacka, P, Kentucky: Tydlacka punted nine times for a 43.6 yard average in Kentucky’s 10-7 win against Tennessee. He had a long of 64 yards and also landed a punt inside the 20-yard line. Due to his hang time and placement, the Wildcats did not allow any returns yards against the Vols. Tennessee's average starting field position on Tydlacka’s punts was its own 23-yard line.

Co-OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE WEEK

Kyle Fischer, OT, Vanderbilt: Fischer’s blocking was instrumental in Vanderbilt amassing 297 rushing yards in a 41-7 win at Wake Forest. A first-year co-captain, Fischer was part of an offensive line that did not allow a quarterback sack while producing 24 first downs and 481 total offensive yards. Commodores running back Zac Stacy ran behind blocks by Fischer on touchdown carries of 20 and 40 yards.

William Vlachos, C, Alabama: Vlachos received the Tide’s top grade on the offensive line -- 97 percent -- in Alabama’s 42-14 win at Auburn. His 97 percent grade tied for the highest of any Alabama offensive lineman this season. He did not allow a sack or pressure and had no missed assignments or penalties. Alabama averaged 6.1 yards per rush and totaled 397 yards (213 rushing / 184 passing) against the Tigers.

Co-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE WEEK

Garrison Smith, DE, Georgia: Smith came off the bench to tally a career-high seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses, during a 31-17 win at Georgia Tech. After starting defensive end DeAngelo Tyson left the game after the second play with an ankle injury, Smith took over on the line and helped the Bulldogs slow the Yellow Jackets’ spread option. Smith, whose previous career high in tackles was three, helped hold Georgia Tech to its second lowest point total of the year.

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: Cox recorded five total tackles with two for losses, a forced fumble and quarterback pressure in Mississippi State’s 31-3 win against Ole Miss. Cox led a Bulldogs front that allowed only 25 rushing yards on 16 first-half attempts and 92 yards on 42 carries in the game.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU: Hilliard posted career highs in carries (19) and rushing yards (102) in LSU’s 41-17 win against Arkansas. He scored on a six-yard run in the second quarter to pull the Tigers to within 14-7. Hilliard averaged 5.4 yards per carry and did not have a negative rush in the game. He led an LSU rushing attack that accounted for 286 net yards and three touchdowns.

Smith honored for effort against GaTech 

November, 28, 2011
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Georgia’s Garrison Smith was named the SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week today for his efforts against Georgia Tech. Smith had a career-high seven tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, while he filled in for an injured teammate. DawgNation spoke to Smith after the game.

“It was crazy,” Smith said. “Before the game I really didn’t expect to play that much. Last year I didn’t get to play at all. In my mind I was ready in case my number got called, but I didn’t get to play last year so I thought I might not play this year.”

On the second snap of the game, starter DeAngelo Tyson went down with an ankle injury after being chop-blocked.

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