Dogs’ No. 2 offensive line unit gets new look

Georgia’s No. 2 offensive line had a different look two weeks before the opener: Mark Beard at left tackle, Watts Dantzler at left guard, walk-on Preston Mobley at center, Austin Long at right guard and Kolton Houston, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for testing positive for a banned substance, at right tackle.

Long had not secured the backup left tackle spot and offensive line coach Will Friend “wanted to see Beard on the edge a little bit,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We know he’s athletic. We thought maybe going inside would help Long, we don’t know. We thought we’d just take a peek.”

Richt said his early impression of Beard, a junior college transfer, is that he showed quickness to pass protection plays but has to improve at blocking defenders in space.

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Three weeks after Todd Gurley was first suspended by Georgia, there is finally closure. An NCAA reinstatement committee on Thursday night denied the school’s appeal to... Full Story

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