Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend had returning starters John Theus and Kenarious Gates working on the second team at right and left tackle, respectively, in practice Tuesday.
Consider it a message sent from Saturday’s G-Day game when the starting offensive line’s play left something to be desired.
“I didn’t think the Red team played with enough effort,” Friend said. “We’re disappointed in that. It looked like they were trying to just get through the day. They started out early and it was like they thought the day was over. …Didn’t play physical enough, didn’t play with the kind of effort we expected out of them.”
Theus and Gates Tuesday worked in a group that included left guard Josh Cardiello, center Hunter Long and right guard Greg Pyke.
Mark Beard had moved back into the first-team left tackle spot for Theus and Watts Dantzler replaced Gates at right guard.
Of course, where players line up in practice No. 14 in the spring does not mean they will line up that way for Clemson to open the season.
Friend said that Theus and Gates are challenged every day.
“They better be one of the top five or they won’t play,” he said. “Both of them have got to play better. They know that, and we’ll go from there.
Friend said that center David Andrews, left guard Dallas Lee and right guard Chris Burnette (out this spring with a shoulder injury) should be in the starting lineup.
“I think Dallas Lee’s gotten better,” Friend said. “He’s moving better and Dallas has won a lot of ballgames here in games he’s played in.”