It’s probably not smart to make too much out of scrimmage statistics, but it’s hard not to notice that Georgia didn’t pile up the yards running the ball this spring.
Georgia’s offensive line was replacing three starters. It’s defense was loaded with returners, including a couple of mammoth nose guards.
“How balanced will we be? I don’t know,” Georgia coach Mark Richt told the Lake Country Bulldog Club this week .”We’d love to run the football. We want to run the football. Sometimes it’s easier to pass protect than it is to run block in the very beginning, but I’ve seen enough progress right now if you take the line that is growing up and the skill set at running back, we’ll be running the rock as well. We’ll have good balance.”
No running back rushed for more than 30 yards in the first two spring scrimmages and the leading rusher in the G-Day game was Richard Samuel, who worked at fullback this spring. He rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries that day and Ken Malcome had 32 yards and two touchdowns on eight rushes
About those nose guards. Richt said that starter John Jenkins is about 365 pounds, “which is a little too heavy right now.” He said that Kwame Geathers is in the 345-350 range.
Richt mentioned Hunter Long and Watts Dantzler as the top backups on the offensive line, but those may have just been the names that were on the tip of his tongue that night.
Georgia exited spring practice with its starting offensive line set like this: left tackle Kenarious Gates, left guard Dallas Lee, center David Andrews, right guard Chris Burnette and right tackle Kolton Houston. Freshman John Theus could crack that group.
“The thing about this line that I like is they’re all really sharp kids, they’re all hard workers,” Richt said. “If you get a group of guys that will work together in tandem and will not have any missed assignments and will just get after you, you’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”
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