Offensive line starters shuffled again for G-Day

The offensive line intrigue this spring for Georgia had centered around the guard positions.

The starting tackles seemed pretty set.

G-Day offered a surprise with left tackle John Theus playing plenty of right tackle and right tackle Kolton Houston seeing a lot of work at left guard.

The lineup that started and saw extensive action included Mark Beard at left tackle, Houston at left guard, David Andrews at center, Greg Pyke at right guard and Theus at right tackle.

“We’ve been doing it that way for the last couple of practices,” said Beard, who began the spring as the first-team left guard. “I’m just trying to give myself a chance. I like left tackle, but my main goal is to start.”

When Theus lined up at left tackle and Houston at right tackle, Brandon Kublanow stepped in at left guard.

“Pyke’s been pretty solid at the right guard to this point,” coach Mark Richt said. “Kolton looks to be in the top five, Theus is in the top five. The question is going to be is Kublanow going to be the left guard and Theus the left tackle or is Kolton going to go to left guard and Theus go to right (tackle), which puts Mark Beard at the left. We’re just going to have to wait and see.”

Theus said offensive line coach Will Friend has been “messing with” different combinations trying to find the best five together.

“He said I’m going to have to be ready to play right and left during the season,”
Theus said. “We’ve still got two more practices. I’m sure he’ll play with it more then and then in the fall when new guys are in.”

Richt said Georgia has six to nine offensive linemen who could play. Watts Dantzler, who missed time with a concussion this spring, is a top reserve.

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