Posted: 12:17 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Q&A: Kevin Sherrer on J.J. Green and leaving sweet home Alabama 

By Chip Towers

New Georgia assistant coach Kevin Sherrer puts the SAM linebackers through the paces in a recent football practice this spring. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

New Georgia assistant coach Kevin Sherrer puts the SAM linebackers through the paces in a recent football practice this spring. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

ATHENS – Kevin Sherrer is an Alabama man through and through. He was born in Oneonta, Ala., starred as a tight end at Cleveland (Ala.) High, played that position at the University of Alabama (1993-95) and was a grad assistant for the Crimson Tide. Since then he coached at two Alabama high schools, then was the director of player development at Bama before serving last year as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama.

So while he’s moved a bunch the last 18 years, he hasn’t ventured across the state line very much until now. Sherrer came east to join his old Alabama teammate Jeremy Pruitt on the Bulldogs’ defensive coaching staff. Sherrer is coaching the “SAM,” or strongside outside linebacker, and the “Star,” or nickelback, at Georgia. He’s been in Athens since late January.

Sherrer gave The AJC a few minutes of his time this week to catch up on his transition to UGA and the guys he has playing for him. …

Q: You and your wife Carrie have twin boys, Kaleb and Kyle, who are 13 and play a lot of sports. Have you been able to get them over here yet?

A: “Actually my family is still in Spanish Fort, Ala. They’re going to finish the school year out there. They’ll get over here sometime this summer. So I’m not settled just yet. Kind of here and there and in between.”

Q: I guess that’s the tough part of coaching, all the moving and being away from your family.

A: “Yeah, I’m staying in a condo right now. They come over and visit when they can, but they have sports and things in their lives they have to do. From that aspect of being a coach, it’s tough, because I’ve had to move the last two years and this time of year I don’t get to see them a lot. They have a lot going on themselves.”

Q: I guess having old friends like Pruitt and Will Friend on the staff helps with the transition.

A: “Yeah, and I knew Mike Bobo from acquaintances. That helps a lot when you know guys and they kind of help you find your way around and learn the ropes. We spend a lot of time together. In amount of hours, we spend way more time together than we do with our own families. So you want to get along with the people you coach with. You need to be able to enjoy spending time with them away from the office, and I definitely have since I’ve been here. You want to enjoy what you do when you put that much time into it.

Q: Tell me about the Star position you’re coaching. It seems like J.J. Green has been one of major standouts this spring.

A: “He’s a really good competitor. He shows up every day to work. He’s a good athlete. It’s important to him. He goes out there and he studies every day. When we’re in the meeting room, he always has a note pad with him. We’re going through coverages and Coach Pruitt is presenting to the defense and he’s always sitting there writing notes down. So you can tell it’s important to him. And, again, he’s a football player. He’s played in some big games here on offense and that means something. He’s just a guy who shows up every day with a smile on his face and ready to go to work. That’s given him a chance and jump in on the new defense and start over.”

Q: Last year the Star position was played primarily by Josh Harvey-Clemons, who was 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. How has a 5-9, 183-pound guy like Green been able to fill the role so well?

A: “It was a little bit of a different philosophy. Our Star is a little bit more of DB than linebacker. A third corner is what he is. Last year, it was a little bit different of a philosophy as far as coverages. The things we ask that guy to do, he’s got to do a lot of the inside receiver coverage by himself and that’s a challenge. That guy has got to be versatile because he’s got to be able to blitz and he’s got to be able fit the box against the runs and he’s also got to be able to run and play coverages and everything has to be tied in with everybody else we have on the field as well. So it’s a little different in Coach Pruitt’s system than what they did at least last year.

Q: Who else do you have playing there?

A: “Sheldon Dawson, and we roll a lot of guys to multiple positions. So every corner has to know how to play (the Star) because we have to create some depth. But Sheldon and J.J. are the two guys who have been getting the bulk of the reps with the ones and twos.”

Q: How often would you say you’re actually in base?

A: “Sixteen to 18 percent of the time we’re in our base defense that puts a SAM on the field. Our nickel package has a star and our dime package has a “Money” that puts six defensive backs on the field.”

144 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Hello!!!!.........Hello!!!!!!.........where is everybody.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

I see we have no, nada, none UGA Sports' Blog, again, today, unless we pay 99 ¢ for a day.


Guess we will have none Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday...


Again, as per usual around here.


Need to move this blog to someone who will write us an UGA Sports' Blog, daily as one expects...

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Paris Bostick, Plant High School, got his surgery free from UGA, never played a down, is still injured, was redshirted so we could pay for his surgery, is behind walk-on Kosta Vavlas, obviously, and has not bothered to practice 2014.So, he up and quits linebacker.I guess the $ 100,000 surgery for free is good Paris Bostick ?

5’ 11” and 199 lbs. he was recruited for the secondary, not linebacker and is also behind on the Depth Chart at Linebacker :

Jordan Jenkins 6-3, 246 lbs., Junior

Leonard Floyd 6-4, 220, Sophomore

James DeLoach 6-3, 270, Junior

Amarlo Herrera 6-2, 244, Senior

Reggie Carter 6-2, 220, Sophomore

Ramik Wilson6-2, 232, Senior

Tim Kimbrough, 6-1, 228 lbs., Sophomore

Johnny O’Neal, 6-2, 225 lbs., Sophomore

Reggie Carter 6-1, 229, Sophomore

Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 222 lbs., Sophomore

Kosta Vavlas, 6-1, 214 lbs. Senior Walk-on

Paris Bostick was signed and instantly was given free surgery at our expense here at The University of Georgia to repair a chronic left great toe injury sustained during his senior year of high school where he played in Tampa at Plant High School, where Aaron Murray also went.

You’re welcome to the free surgery, never bothering to show-up for practice even one time Paris Bostick.Yeah, son, you were behind on the Depth Chart here behind even walk-ons because you’re too small to play linebacker, are better-suited as a Safety without the requisite speed for those DB positions here.Todd Grantham recruited Paris Bostick here, and Todd Grantham moved him to LB, where he was too short and too slight of build in addition to lacking good speed.

Paris Bostick, I don’t think your parents brought you up correctly.Good Luck in Life with your lazy attitude toward those who did so much for you.Why didn’t your parents give you the surgery you needed a year before you got here, so that when you got here, you could fit in and at least show-up to practice, Paris Bostick ?

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will win it all in 2014 baby! We fixing to get some very big commitments this weekend!

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Okay...So Josh H-C wouldn't have fit our new defensive scheme anyway. Hope he enjoys his year at Auburn, Jax St., No. Alabama, Troy, So. Alabama etc...ALABAMA! Why does the state of Alabama open their arms to our bad actors? Oh yeah, I forgot The Tide...they signed our TE, Ty Smith, who was dismissed.

At least Alabama has football. Outside of that, who wants their medical care, illiteracy rates, high school graduation rates, obesity rates, poverty rates, state GDP rate, per capita family income rate, corrupt public official rate, state transportation system network etc., etc..

The state of Georgia should expand the Atlanta zoo, they could buy Alabama and build a game fence around it..

Oh Yeah...Roll Tide!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Thomas brown

I some what agree with Thomas on this one....if he was behind Kosta Vavlas....then he was being lazy and wanted a free ride.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown Thomas it sounds like you need to call that Grantham guy up and run him down a little, I was not aware yall performed surgery at UGA. Maybe you can have them cut that big fat hunk of hate out of your azz.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown It is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!  Classic TB, slamming a kid down on his luck. Maybe UGA can sue him too.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@Dawg350


You're annoying with your DISNEYdawgs.com Pollyanna La La Land, and worse yet are a poor Bulldogs' fan - as is Chuck Dowdle.


And, you think you are the model for the rest of us.


Ha ha ha

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@gtcaryd/dawg 350 


Hey there gtcaryd!!!!/Dawg 350!!!!!!!!!!!!


I thought about going fishing but decided I would rather come on here waste my time yelling at folks!!!!!!!!!!!


Have a good day and a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

no doubt Georgia is all Madison Avenue.....why do you Dawgs have 3 Bama coaches?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@OkieDawg  I guess you don't read much but the sports page. All those things you said about Bama Georgia ranks very high right with Bama. I think your glass house has a bunch of broken windows from all those rocks you just threw.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I never said I was model for the rest of us! I'm here for me bro! It's better to be Disney then to be negative nancy! Don't hate on chuck dowdle!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013 @OkieDawg


Going all the way back to when Noah was working on the Ark name one player, that had been booted from another team for abusing team rules, that was signed by UGA

Dawg350
Dawg350

You always type very small sentence's....because you're racist moron!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@gtcaryd @Dawg350


I'm thinking 350 learned from gtcaryd.   Hope y'all noticed that

 M Y   M A N  350 included  only 2 ts  in his subsequent post,


350  =    DGD

Dawg350
Dawg350

Card

Why don't you shut your trailer trash mouth up...for once your miserable existence you twit!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 Only 2 t's in twit.Your agreeing with a hate monger that wants to ridicule a young man he knows nothing about more or less called you a bigger moron than Chuck Dowdle. Jump on that bandwagon twit.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Card...

You twitt! I think he did want free surgery! Who wouldn't want free surgery? He was lazy and unmotivated! But it's ok! The next man up! Go dawgs!

Dawg350
Dawg350

I'm not your "bro" you disturbed racist bigot!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Btw Bucky...you need to take down screen pic....,unless you like looking at two guts with their shirts off? I'm sick of seeing it!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Well to stinking bad,,,,because I'm not here for you bro!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

And you still don't know the difference between your and you're.....and guess what....you never will. The bill king blog doesn't allow you to create alters. Lucky for you the rest of these don't have the right format to stop alter creating.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Delusionaldog @ThomasBrown@Dawg350


Delusionldog  I S   A   B E D    W E T T E R !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


At least that's what  TomA$$  Brown said after he and Delusion shared a bed during a sleepover at Columbus Dawg's  Singlewide!!!!!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

I wish chip& carvell had the same blog format as bill king...because then you wouldn't be able to use another email address to be able get back on here and start posting....once bill king bans you are done for good...that creating another alter thing doesn't work! You the one who is azz clown.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ThomasBrown


Being the brilliant person you tell us you are surely you know that one can hand pick statistic to sat whatever one wants. I was merely responding to  POAD/Okiedawg  but thanks for the mail.


Nice to know my readership is increasing!!!!!!!!!!


I love your longwinded A$$  anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

SnaggleToothAZZpuss,


Name 300 players arrested/suspended for Mark Richt here at UGA, while he is 67 percent win percentage in addition his latest 6-year period.