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Blog: Theus poised to start and A.Long makes move; Richt on defense without suspended players

Offensive line coach Will Friend didn’t come out for interviews Thursday night when Georgia coaches were supposed to be available, but Georgia coach Mark Richt provided an update on how the position shapes up in a radio interview aired this morning.

No surprise, but freshman John Theus is poised to start at right tackle. The bigger news may be that Austin Long is working his way into the rotation.

“We’re close to nailing down the top five to start the season,” Richt said on 680 The Fan. “If something doesn’t change, it’s going to be Theus at (right tackle), it’s going to be Chris Burnette at right guard, `Boss’ or David Andrews at center, left guard Dallas Lee and left tackle Kenarious Gates.”

Richt, who did not meet with reporters Thursday, said the “next guy in” is either going to be Watts Dantzler or Austin Long. Long has worked at right guard recently.

“Austin has actually made a little bit of a move to get to the point where we feel comfortable,” Richt said.

Asked about if the defense was where he wanted it to be, Richt said “We’re getting there. The reality is our first couple of games we’re not going to have everybody out there that would have normally been starters. We’ve got to make sure we play outstanding defense until we become full strength again.”

Is he talking about justcornerback Sanders Commings and outside linebacker Chase Vasser, both suspended the first two games?

Or safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree also? Those suspensions are also expected, but have not been announced.

Rambo and Ogletree haven’t been made available for interviews for months.

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