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UGA Football Preseason: LB Coach Kirk Olivatti Talks About Deep Position

Linebacker is one of the deeper positions for the Georgia Bulldogs heading into the 2012 season. In a Q&A with the Athens Banner-Herald, linebackers coach Kirk Olivatti talked about the group as the Bulldogs prepare for the season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1.

On Michael Gilliard, Olivatti said:

"You know, Mike leads by example ‘cause he gives good effort and that’s been nice to see, but he’s always been that way."

On Amarlo Herrera, who played well as a true freshman last season:

"The situations that Amarlo played in last year, you know, he’s kind of added to his repertoire through the offseason. He’s a lot of the same way (as Michael). He enjoys football, he enjoys coming to work every day and doing those things. We’ll play him in different roles and he’ll definitely have a role with us."

On what he's working on with the group:

"Each guy has a pretty good idea about what they need to work on. We talk about it every, we try to drill it every day, and we watch it on film every day. Each guy has specific things that I talk about with them in front of the group, I talk about it one-on-one, shoot, I text ‘em at night. They pretty much know what they have to work on, and there are different things. Sometimes it’s a group thing that we have to do to get better, and sometimes it’s just individuals – hey this is what you’ve got to get better at to be the player that each of them want to be because they all want to be good players."

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