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Blog: Changes coming to Georgia’s starting offensive line

Georgia’s offensive line, marked by inconsistency this season. will have a different starting lineup this week against Tennessee, coach Mark Richt said this morning.

Richt said that he thinks that Chris Burnette will return as the starter at right guard and Dallas Lee will move back to left guard.

Kenarious Gates, the starter at left guard the past two games, will be “ready to play if needed,” Richt said on Atlanta’s WSB radio . “We’ll see how that goes. Getting (Burnette) back will be a good thing for us.”

Burnette has missed the past two games after reinjuring a knee in practice prior to the Ole Miss game. The redshirt sophomore started the first three games at right guard.

Lee started at left guard against South Carolina and Coastal Carolina after Gates was out with an ankle injury, but moved to right guard after Burnette’s injury.

Georgia has given up the third most sacks in the SEC–13–and Richt said the Bulldogs need to protect quarterback Aaron Murray better.

“We need to continue to get better and more consistent with what we do,” Richt said earlier this week. “The better we get up front the better we are going to be on offense. …If the line really starts playing at a consistent level, we’ll see how good our runners are and how good throwing and catching is. Don’t get me wrong, we are doing a lot of good things. I know we could do better and I just want to see us reach our potential, and we’re not there yet.”

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