As long as Georgia’s starting offensive line holds up, coach Mark Richt think he has the hosses up front to get the job done.
“If you stay healthy, I don’t think we’ll get too concerned,” Richt said. “If you get a couple of guys get hurt, it would be interesting to say the least what would happen.”
Richt chuckled when he said that two weeks ago, realizing probably that other words besides “interesting” might be used if the Bulldogs have to rely too much on its unproven backups.
That depth took another hit on Sunday when redshirt freshman offensive guard Brent Benedict left the program. He plans to transfer. That follows the loss of Trinton Sturdivant (to an ACL tear) and A.J. Harmon (transfer).
Georgia’s offensive line still has a future NFL player in left tackle Cordy Glenn, a four-year starter at center in Ben Jones and a big body at right tackle in 6-5, 342-pound Justin Anderson.
“You’re not going to get a whole lot better than those three,” Richt said. “The guards are a little young, a little inexperienced, but I think they’ve got enough of a talent base. We have enough guys who have enough experience to play in our league, and play well, but you’re right there’s not an awful lot of depth right now. Hopefully we can create some through the freshmen coming in and the other guys getting a little bit more healthy.”
Redshirt freshman Kolton Houston from Buford will be one to watch this preseason. He could push redshirt sophomore Chris Burnette for the starting job at right guard or could backup at both guard spots.
Kenarious Gates will not only start at left guard, but work as the backup left tackle.
Redshirt sophomore Austin Long, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury during spring practice, is the backup right tackle.
Redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee, who had an asthma-like issue that limited him this spring, is expected to be ready for camp. He can backup at center and guard.
The freshmen offensive linemen were almost an afterthought in the “Dream Team” recruiting class, but one or two may have to be pushed into the mix for playing time.
Watts Dantzler, a 6-7, 315-pounder from Dalton, could factor in at right tackle. Zach DeBell, listed at 6-7, 265 and from Tarpon Springs, Fla., also could be heard from after a couple of months of summer workouts.
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