published Friday, April 6th, 2012

Georgia assistant recalls NFL work with Gregg Williams

Georgia inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti was a defensive assistant with the Washington Redskins when Gregg Williams was their defensive coordinator from 2004 to '07.

Williams was suspended indefinitely from the NFL last month after he admitted to overseeing a bounty system with the New Orleans Saints, where he spent the past three seasons. Audio surfaced Thursday of Williams instructing Saints defenders in January to go after San Francisco 49ers skill players in specific areas, including the head of receiver Kyle Williams, who has a history of concussions, and the knee of receiver Michael Crabtree.

"Gregg was very graphic in the way he explained things," Olivadotti told the Athens Banner-Herald following Thursday's practice. "He has the same script a lot of the time. I know it was graphic and it was crazy and all that kind of stuff. I can imagine what it was. I haven't heard it."

According to the Washington Post, Williams offered rewards for "kill shots" when he was with the Redskins, but an NFL investigation failed to link a similar bounty system like he had in New Orleans.

Olivadotti spent 11 seasons with the Redskins until 2010, his longest coaching stint in one location. He was defensive line coach under Williams in 2006 and linebackers coach in '07.

Gearing for Saturday

The Bulldogs moved their Thursday practice up an hour because of the threat of thunderstorms and worked for 90 minutes.

"We had some slight illnesses and class conflicts that were going to make it tough to have the depth at wide receiver to finish with our one-minute drill," head coach Mark Richt said, "so we cut that part."

Players are off today and will scrimmage for a second time Saturday morning. That will be the last scrimmage before the G-Day game on April 14.

No Learning Curve

Georgia's three early enrollees -- tailback Keith Marshall, quarterback Faton Bauta and junior college tackle Mark Beard -- are not getting to adjust at a snail's pace.

"We're really installing our offense at more of a veteran's pace, because most everybody is a veteran," Richt said. "Those three guys are not really getting it spoon-fed to them like you normally would if you were a true freshman coming in with all the other freshmen."

Marshall has received a lot of praise this spring but has missed this week because of a pulled hamstring.

Odds and Ends

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham singled out defensive end Garrison Smith, cornerback Damian Swann and safety Shawn Williams as having good springs and added that redshirt freshman outside linebacker Sterling Bailey will move to defensive end in the fall. ... The Bulldogs already have nine commitments for 2013 and two for 2014. They got their second '14 commitment this week when Nick Glass, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound defensive back from Atlanta, gave coaches a nonbinding pledge.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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