Georgia’s offensive line should have a decided size advantage against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Then again, the Bulldogs can say that every week.
Sports Illustrated reported in its Oct. 3 issue that Georgia has the heaviest offensive line in college or pro football, tipping the scales at an average of 329.4 pounds, just ahead of the NFL’s Bengals (325.8) and Chargers (323.2) and Texas Tech (323)
Offensive guard Dallas Lee said players have gotten grief about it.
“Coaches like to laugh about it,” he said. “It is what it is.”
Here are Georgia’s projected starters this week with their listed height and weights: left tackle Cordy Glenn (6-foot-5, 348 pounds), left guard Lee (6-4, 300), center Ben Jones (6-3, 316), right guard Chris Burnette (6-2, 313) and right tackle Justin Anderson (6-5, 342).
Burnette’s return to the starting lineup from a knee injury and the 328-pound Kenarious Gates moving to a back-up role has lightened the load to an average of 323.8.
Georgia’s listed weights are from prior to the season.
“We’ve lost a bunch of weight here lately,” offensive line coach Will Friend said. “We’re probably down some.”
Friend said that Glenn is actually down to about 337 now. Lee said he weighs about five pounds more than his listed weight and Burnette said he’s actually down to 305.
“We did the average the other day and it’s only a couple of pounds under the average,” Lee said.
Jenkins, Geathers team up at nose
Junior college transfer John Jenkins got his first start at nose guard against Tennessee, but had been splitting snaps about equally with Kwame Geathers already this season, defensive line coach Rodney Garner said.
“It’s on merit,” Garner said. “He deserved to start last week. Whether he starts this week or not, that’s TBA.”
The 6-foot-3, 334-pound Jenkins and the 6-6, 350-pound Geathers each have six tackles.
Jenkins has three tackles for loss and sack.
“I think it’s pretty good us splitting reps,” Geathers said. “One man can’t take all the reps. It’s about us making plays.”
Having the big bodies at nose “has meant a lot” to contribute to Georgia being 12th in the nation in run defense at 85.8 yards per game, coach Mark Richt said.
“I think it’s really helped us, really solidified what we’re trying to accomplish in the run game,” Richt said. “We really got stronger inside and out.”
By the way, Geathers said that blocked extra point against Tennessee that Shawn Williams got credit for actually was Geathers blocking it with his right arm.
Rome eyes joining basketball team
Tight end Jay Rome could play on the Bulldogs basketball team this winter, Richt said.
“He might,” Richt said. “I think he wants to. I don’t think today’s the day. Coach (Mark) Fox and I are going to look into what we think the best time is.”
The 6-6, 254-pound Rome is redshirting this football season as a freshman. He averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds last season at Valdosta High.
“His first obligation is to football, but somewhere along the way coach and I will figure out when the best time for him to start is,” Richt said. “If he continues to do well in school like he is right now, he’ll get that opportunity to do that.”
Cornerback Nick Marshall also plans to play basketball.
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Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree continues to run on the side as he gets ready to return from a broken foot. Richt said “he’s excited about Alec getting back (for the Florida game) because you see what he looks like.” Ogletree hasn’t had any setbacks. “He really, really wanted to play this week,” Richt said. …Receiver Rantavious Wooten (concussion) is out again this week. …With Stephen Garcia dismissed from South Carolina after five suspensions, Aaron Murray now leads all active SEC quarterbacks with 37 career touchdown passes and 4,376 passing yards.