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Georgia's Mark Richt: Ekeler is 'positive, upbeat guy'

JASON BUTT

sports@ledger-enquirer.com

On Friday, Georgia inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler said his position group would be better in 2015 and played the best technique in college football.

Head coach Mark Richt downplayed that notion just a bit.

“Well, coach Ekeler is a very positive, upbeat guy,” Richt said with a smile. “Everybody’s gotten along but he definitely is a positive guy.”

Georgia is still deciding on its starting inside linebackers to replace Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson. Herrera and Wilson combined for 225 total tackles a year ago.

“Our guys, we had two good ones that got drafted -- first-team all-conference, second team all-conference. Guys that made a hell of a lot of plays,” Ekeler said on Friday. “I think at this point we’re better than where we were last year. We have a whole hell of a lot of depth.”

Ekeler added, "I think we play better technique than anybody in college football, in my opinion. These kids do it.”

Tim Kimbrough, Leonard Floyd and Reggie Carter have all spent time with the first team at inside linebacker depending on the package.

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