The first change to Georgia’s starting lineup on the offensive line all season didn’t set back the Bulldogs’ performance up front.
“It was the best they’ve graded as a group,” offensive line coach Will Friend said. “I thought they played pretty good, they played hard and did good on assignments.”
That was without junior right guard Chris Burnette, who missed the first three days of practice this week and could be out his second straight game with a shoulder injury.
Georgia’s offensive line got high marks for its showing in a 38-0 win against Auburn Saturday when Aaron Murray threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns and the Bulldogs rushed for 289 yards.
“Everybody made the Victor’s Club,” said junior Kenarious Gates. “That’s where every week you get graded. You make it if you grade like 75 percent or higher.”
Friend has more options on the line after shuffling without Burnette. He put Mark Beard at left tackle, Gates shifted from left tackle to left guard and Dallas Lee played right guard. Center David Andrews, named SEC offensive lineman of the week, and right tackle John Theus worked their usual spots.
Austin Long came in to work guard some and Gates shifted back to tackle.
Burnette’s spot in the lineup is secure when he returns
“When Chris comes back, Chris Burnette is a starter on this offensive line,” Friend said. “There’s no doubt about that.”
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