Position battles still being waged as Bulldogs wrap up preseason camp

Georgia broke from the camp portion of its preseason on Saturday with some personnel decisions left be made before the Aug. 31 opener at Clemson.

The second scrimmage of the month on Wednesday will provide a clearer picture to coaches, but assistants Saturday provided a glimpse into some movement on the depth chart through the first 11 practices.

Kolton Houston, eligible to play for the first time in his career, is competing for the starting right offensive tackle spot with John Theus, offensive line coach Will Friend said.

With Houston working some at tackle, Theus has split time between guard and tackle the last few practices. Houston also can play guard.

“A lot of it is just trying to figure who the best group is, what lineup we like the best,” Friend said.

Kenarious Gates has solidified his position as the starting left tackle with probably the best camp of any lineman, Friend said.

The line is better than a year ago at this time and the number of players competing means “guys will have to worry about performing throughout the season,” Friend said.

Right guard Chris Burnette has missed some practice time in an effort to keep him fresh after offseason shoulder surgery, Friend said

Of his lineup, Friend said: “We’ve kind of got a good idea. They’ve got one more scrimmage to try prove some things.”

Starting nose guard Mike Thornton continues to have a hold on that spot. “He hasn’t done anything to hurt himself,” defensive line coach Chris Wilson said.

Freshman quarterback Brice Ramsey has had “an excellent camp,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. The Camden County product is “pushing” for the No. 3 position.

“He’s a guy that’s been productive and made plays when he’s in there,” Bobo said. “Does he understand what we’re doing? No, but I’ve seen a guy that’s picked up on some things.”

Georgia has a clear pecking order with Aaron Murray as the starter and Hutson Mason as the backup.

Bobo said that Ramsey could be the No. 3 quarterback and still be redshirted. Christian LeMay and walk-on Parker Welch are also competing with Ramsey.

There is not a clear leader to be the No. 3 tailback, but Bobo indicated that J.J. Green could have the advantage because he practiced in the spring

and “has made plays for

us offensively.” That includes in the passing game.

A.J. Turman has shown positive signs before missing practice time late in the week with ankle and knee injuries. Brendan Douglas has shown good vision running and has been an “excellent pass protector,” Bobo said.

Green, Turman and Douglas, all freshmen, could all play this year.

“We’ve got to get all three of them ready to

play special teams,” Bobo said.

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