MEMPHIS -- Derrick Lott has had a quiet career so far at Georgia. That seems about to change.
Lott, a defensive end, is set to receive more snaps in Friday’s Liberty Bowl, according to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. That’s partly due to injuries, but also to the practice performance of Lott, a redshirt freshman.
“Derrick’s got a lot of ability. Part of the thing he had to do was grow up a little bit,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s little by little doing the things we expected him to get done. And now he’s gonna get an opportunity to play and make some plays for us. He’s very talented and can make some plays.”
The Bulldogs are losing one end, Demarcus Dobbs, to graduation. So between current starter Abry Jones, freshman Garrison Smith and Lott, the Bulldogs are eyeing next year’s key ends.
“As we move forward, we’re gonna try to find out what’s the best combination of those guys,” Grantham said. “So Derrick’s a guy, we’re gonna see what he can do.”
Lott tore ligaments in his right ankle two days before the 2009 opener against Oklahoma State. That led to surgery and a redshirt. He expected to play more in 2010, but only appeared in three games, his best game a four-tackle performance against Vanderbilt.
“When I got back working, the ankle got back right, it felt like a brand new beginning for me,” Lott said. “I showed out on the scout team. I think that got me a better chance to move over to the first defense, plus the three guys getting hurt I think gave me the opportunity.”
@BR Body Subhed:Williams eyeing transfer
The Liberty Bowl will apparently be Nick Williams’ final game in a Georgia uniform.
The junior from Bainbridge intends to transfer, according to a source close to him. Williams has shifted between linebacker and safety the past few years.
On Wednesday, Williams hesitated a few seconds when asked if he had any plans to leave.
“I’m here,” he said, after UGA’s practice at a Memphis prep school.
Williams has played eight games this year with no starts, recording three tackles. He started the year at strong safety, then moved to middle linebacker, a scenario that also occurred his freshman season.
“Ideally it hasn’t gone the way I thought it would,” Williams said of his career. “But I’m not a quitter. So, you know, I feel I can play. I’m just gonna keep fighting and get on the field, that’s all I can do at this point.”