Bulldogs seek more leadership from players

ATHENS, Ga. -- All of a sudden, Darryl Gamble is one of the veterans on Georgia's team.

The 6-2, 250-pound senior linebacker thinks the leadership will be shared by several people in 2010 based on what he’s seen this offseason. He also thinks there are more guys on this defense willing to take accountability for what happens on the field.

“There was too much waiting for somebody else to make a play last year,” Gamble said. “Guys were being too relaxed. It’s time to turn things around and get back to the way things used to be.”

Gamble said his idea of leadership is making sure everybody is pulling in the same direction. He said there won’t be any excuses next season.

“I’m just going to try and take what I know and spread it throughout the team,” Gamble said. “The good thing is that we have a lot of seniors on defense now. A lot of us came in together, but there’s one thing missing.”

Gamble, who signed in 2006 and redshirted that first season, pointed out that there’s not a player on this team now who’s won an SEC championship.

“We don’t want to be the only class since coach Richt has been here that hasn’t won an SEC championship,” Gamble said. “This is our last shot, but we’ve got to make it happen, got to do extra stuff and make sure everybody’s doing extra stuff.

“The main thing is that we’re going to be more player-driven this year than coach-driven. We’re going to make sure as players that we’re more disciplined and doing the things it takes to win an SEC championship every day.”