UGA’s Gates puts versatility to use as he rotates through offensive line

Kenarious Gates has started every game this season at left tackle for Georgia, but his versatility came in handy against Ole Miss and could again Saturday against Auburn.

Gates shifted to right guard in the second half of the Bulldogs’ 37-10 win after Chris Burnette had to leave the game with a left shoulder injury.

Burnette didn’t practice Tuesday, but coach Mark Richt said it’s not out of the question that the junior could still play Saturday.

With Burnette out, Gates worked at left guard in practice Tuesday. Dallas Lee, who has started every game at left guard, moved to Burnette’s right guard spot.

Gates prefers to play tackle, but played left guard last season and has worked there this season when Mark Beard has come in at left tackle.

Gates is ready to pitch in again there against Auburn.

“I have fun at both positions,” he said. “There are different people you go against. At tackle, you go against speed. At guard, you go against the power. You’ve got to be ready for both.”

Georgia’s offensive line is looking for a better showing this week after quarterback Aaron Murray was sacked five times last week.

He came in for treatment on Sunday.

“Lots of Advil, stretching, yoga, ice baths, yeah,” Murray said. “It’s the usual.”

At least he’s getting a dinner out Thursday from center David Andrews.

“He said if they give up a couple of sacks, he’ll take me out to dinner once during the week,” said Murray, who treats his line to ice cream when they protect him well. “If it’s on David, I’m getting some good stuff.”

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