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Dawgs' Grantham eager for next challenge

February, 14, 2013
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has seen the figures.

The Bulldogs are losing 12 players on defense who started at least two games for them last season, and as many as eight of those players could end up being drafted in April.

“I guess I look at it a little differently,” Grantham said. “We’ve got nine starters coming back who started in one game or more last year. We really started 21 different guys last year, and in the last two years, we’ve had 24 different lineups.

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Kevin Liles/US PresswireIn the past two seasons, Todd Grantham's Georgia defense has forced 62 turnovers, the second most in the SEC behind LSU (63).
“We’ve been able to adjust, and we will again. I like the young talent on this defense and what we have coming in. To me, it gets back to developing players. It’s going to be an exciting and aggressive spring, but we’ve been aggressive around here for the last couple of years. We’ll coach them hard and see to it that they learn how to compete.

“You’ve got to learn how to win a position before you can help us win a game.”

That mindset has served the Bulldogs well the past two seasons. They’re coming off back-to-back SEC championship game appearances, and their ability to keep teams out of the end zone and force turnovers has been a big reason for their success.

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Grantham coy about NFL possibilities

February, 6, 2013
Todd GranthamDaniel Shirey/US PresswireWill he or won't he? UGA D-coordinator Todd Grantham isn't saying much about NFL teams courting him, though he did indicate that some conversations, however insignificant, have occurred.
ATHENS, Ga. -- After Georgia’s national signing day press conference this afternoon, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham addressed in general terms the published reports that he is a candidate for multiple NFL job openings.

Grantham’s message: He hadn’t spoken to Bulldogs coach Mark Richt or athletic director Greg McGarity about specific job openings, as required by terms in his contract, because there was nothing to discuss. Not yet, anyway.

“If I feel like I need to discuss something, I have a great relationship with Coach Richt and Greg and I would definitely do that from that standpoint,” Grantham said. “For me, the most important thing is doing a great job at Georgia because I like my job here. At the same time, as you move forward, if opportunities came up, I don’t think it’s fair to comment on every particular one because then all I’d be doing is talking about the rumors and innuendos and those kind of things, and then I couldn’t do my job.”

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