published Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Dogs' Todd Grantham has title upgrade

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    Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham talks with members of the defense during a spring NCAA college football game at Sandford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

All in all, not a bad summer for Todd Grantham.

After receiving a $75,000 raise last month for an annual salary of $825,000, Georgia's defensive coordinator will work his third season with Mark Richt with the added title of associate head coach.

The Bulldogs finished fifth nationally in total defense last season, allowing 277.2 yards a game, and every projected starter on the current depth chart made multiple starts last year.

"In any profession, the ability to have some stability for your family is critical," Grantham told reporters in Athens this past weekend. "It allows you to really focus on the task at hand, and that's really getting our program where we want it to go. We had a good year last year, but there were obviously things that were left undone.

"There is a lot of tradition here at the University of Georgia, which is one of the reasons I wanted to come here, and I think we've really just scratched the surface of what we can do."

Grantham is one of two Georgia assistant coaches with an added title. Longtime defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was given the title of assistant head coach in 2005.

Harrow no more

Sophomore strong safety Quintavius Harrow is no longer on the team reportedly for academic reasons, though Georgia has not announced a reason for his dismissal.

Harrow was a Columbus Carver teammate of Isaiah Crowell and was in Crowell's car on June 29 when the former Bulldogs tailback was arrested on felony weapons charges in Athens. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Harrow was not a heralded recruit but did play in all 14 games last season, mostly on special teams, and made 10 tackles.

His most memorable moment was a jarring hit on Auburn's Tre Mason during a kickoff return.

Racking them up

The Bulldogs are up to 22 commitments for the 2013 signing class after receiving a pledge Monday from Shaun McGee, a 6-3, 233-pound outside linebacker from Snellville.

McGee's commitment followed weekend commitments by Tim Kimbrough, a 6-1, 226-pound linebacker from Indianapolis, and Quincy Mauger, a 6-foot, 197-pound safety from Marietta. Kimbrough is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 6 inside linebacker prospect.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

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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