Count Chad Gloer among those excited about the changes Warren Belin is bringing to the Bulldogs' kickoff coverage team.
"I'm real excited about and I feel everybody on the team is pumped up," Gloer said. "I think it brings a new intensity. It's definitely a change."
In recent years, Georgia's penchant for directional kicks drew the ire of many fans who wondered aloud why the Bulldogs didn't simply kick the ball deep and let the cover men do the work.
Georgia coaches finally eschewed that philosophy during the second half of last season and kicker Blair Walsh responded with 17 touchbacks.
Now, with Belin handling the coaching duties for the kickoff squad, Gloer said fans should notice some other changes as well.
"I'd just say where it's kicked. We're obviously doing some different things with that, plus, how many people and what their jobs are and just the way we approach the (opposing) kickoff return team," Gloer said. "I'd also say the personnel on it. I'm not going to say they're faster or slower, weaker or stronger - but with the guys who are lining up by me, I'm not really worried about."
In other words, Gloer doesn't anticipate the Bulldog kickoff team lacking athletes with the ability to get down the field in time to tackle the opposing return man.
"I know Richard Samuel is going to be lining up by me and I want to say (Bacarri) Rambo, Marcus Dowtin, those guys," Gloer said. "I'm going to have to earn my keep. "
Gloer has already been doing that.
In 13 games, Gloer led the Bulldogs with nine special team tackles and that is part of the reason he now sports jersey No. 47.
Yes, most Bulldog fans know No. 47 as belonging to three-time All-American David Pollack. So does Gloer. However, his reason for wearing the famous jersey actually has more to do with a former Bulldog and teammate who also starred on special teams.
"Drew Williams has been someone I always looked up to. He worked so hard and stuck with it so long is because of him," Gloer said. "Obviously, with three-time All-American having it, Drew Williams, a captain having it, I know there's a lot of people who wonder why they let someone nobody's really heard of have it, but I'm cool with it. I'm just very honored and very privileged to wear it. I'll try to do the best that I can."
That includes playing whatever position coaches ask him to play.
Officially listed as a cornerback his first three years with the program, Gloer now calls wide receiver home.
"With injuries and not having as many guys as we expected, they needed some receivers so I'll do whatever I can to help," the senior said. "It's exciting. It's definitely new, but guys like Kris Durham have been helping me out a lot. I'm always staring at A.J. Green trying to figure out what he's doing, although I know that's not really possible. I'm just learning the routes and working on the jugs machine after practice, trying to catch the ball inside of knocking it down."
Gloer figures it's been eight years or so since he last played wide receiver after primarily playing running back and cornerback for Starrs Mill High in Fayetteville.
"It's just a different mindset," Gloer said of the switch from defense to offense. "You go from trying to figure out what they're (the offense) is doing to just trying to get by. It's a lot different, a different mentality but it's something I'm trying to adapt to the best I can."
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