OL Dallas Lee fully recovered from broken leg, contributed in the trenches for Dogs

Georgia guard Dallas Lee knows how difficult it is for a banged-up offensive line to thrive in the Southeastern Conference.

The junior suffered a broken leg against Florida last year and endured a recovery process that extended through spring practice and into the summer. He said that all player injuries are punishing, but one to a lineman is as devastating as any because returning to full strength takes much longer.

“That toughest part of the process was building (my leg) back up to where it needed to be,” Lee said. “If I was a receiver or something, I probably could’ve been back a lot faster, but being a 300-pound person that has to hit other 300-pound people adds a lot more pressure.”

Lee is back to full form, though, and has been for the entirety of the season, evidenced by starting all 10 games for the Bulldogs. He played the bulk of the season at left guard until starter Chris Burnette went down with a shoulder injury against Ole Miss.

Though Kenarious Gates relieved Burnette for the remainder of the Bulldogs’ win over the Rebels, offensive line coach Will Friend shook things up against Auburn — Lee started for Burnette at right guard, Gates moved to Lee’s left guard spot and sophomore Mark Beard switched to Gates’ original left tackle position.

Center David Andrews and right tackle John Theus remained at their usual positions.

The line persevered through the shuffling though and paved way for Georgia’s 289 rushing yards.

However, Lee wasn’t thrilled about the two sacks allowed. It marked a combined seven over the past two weeks and brought the season total to 19 allowed, good for fourth in the SEC.

“It’s worse than where we want to be,” he said. “We had a couple of games there where we gave up sacks that we didn’t need to. Fourth (in the SEC) isn’t bad, but if we finish out the season with less sacks than we want to, hopefully we’ll be higher up on the list.”

Burnette has not practiced since the Ole Miss game and continues to nurse his ailing shoulder. His status for this weekend has yet to be determined.

Lee remains optimistic about Burnette’s return — whenever that may be — but said that Friend will have the Bulldogs prepared regardless.

“Last year we had to rotate around as people got hurt and other things happened so we practice all the positions,” Lee said. “Coach (Friend) does a good job of switching every now and then and making people do fundamentals the other way. It’s just on us to keep us all straight.”

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