August 13, 2007

Dawgs struggling with depth up front

The Georgia Bulldogs are battling the heat and the injury bug in the second week of fall camp. They practiced twice on Monday and by the second practice, the Bulldogs had 16 players out with various types of injuries from heat exhaustion to concussions. Head Coach Mark Richt and the Bulldogs are struggling without five of their 13 scholarship offensive linemen including two starters.

Here is what Coach Richt had to say after practice:

We had two full practices and we did not cut anything down. The last few practices, everywhere I could cut out ten minutes here or five minutes there, I would to give them some kind of a break in the unmerciful heat. I have been mindful of that. This morning and this afternoon, we got through every bit of it. I think the weather eased up just a little bit too. They pushed through it pretty good too. Today, we finished with the one-minute drill and the number one defense stopped our number two offense three times because I kept giving them a first down until the clock went down to zero. The defense held them for a full minutes worth of plays, which is 12 or 13 plays. Our number one offense did a nice job of moving ball into field goal range and Brandon Coutu knocked about a 35-40-yarder to end the drill. I thought the offense came back and did a pretty good job with the one group.

The number two offense is struggling just because of what is happening up front. Chester Adams is out, Scott Haverkamp is out, and we just had Josh Davis go out with a shoulder that is not going to require any surgery, but he was out, so we were down to eight scholarship players total that are practicing. That is making life a little bit tough for our number two unit and making it tough for the number one defensive unit to get the look it needs. That is definitely a concern, but guys are pushing through. The guys that are working are getting better and I definitely believe we are moving the right direction now.

I think Kelin Johnson got a pick to stop the one-minute drill. Other than that, I cannot remember much.

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