OL Mark Beard excited to play in his home state

Georgia offensive lineman Mark Beard is eager for Saturday to arrive.

He certainly has plenty of reason to be.

Georgia’s matchup at Auburn will be a homecoming of sorts for Beard, who hails from Adamsville, Ala. With right guard Chris Burnette sidelined since last week’s victory over Ole Miss with a shoulder injury, Beard may also receive his first start of the season.

“It’s real exciting,” Beard said. “Especially going against the home team, it’s real exciting.”

Beard originally signed with Troy University in high school but chose to attend Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College instead. Beard enrolled at Georgia in January and has played in every game thus far for the Bulldogs, rotating in at left tackle.

“It took me a while to learn the plays, but a lot of hard work got me in the position I am in now,” Beard said. “The coaches wanted to make a rotation, so that makes me feel good.”

Beard is looking forward to playing against some familiar faces that now play at Auburn. With a win over the Tigers, Georgia will clinch the SEC East division and put the Bulldogs back in Atlanta, battling for an SEC title. Beard hopes that can happen, so he can finally quiet his friends back home.

“They (Auburn) throw their rings in my face, and my boys that play at Alabama have their rings,” Beard said. “It’s time for Georgia to get our rings.”