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September 17, 2008
Georgia may make changes on offensive line
After stating that South Carolina's defensive line played more physical than his offensive front, Georgia coach Mark Richt suggested that changes may be forthcoming in regards to who starts in Saturday's game at Arizona State.
Although he did not go into specifics, Richt said during offensive line coach Stacy Searels will re-examine the status of his current starters before making final decisions later on this week.
"We'll probably experiment a little bit. I'm not exactly sure how it will end up," Richt said. "No one will really be playing a position than they haven't already played or practiced at, but I'm not sure whose going to start and I don't know that today. We'll lay it out there and say go compete."
Richt did say that none of the potential switches would involve switching players from one side of the offensive line to the other.
However, all five positions could technically be affected.
"It's just across the board. The guys that have played tackle, on the left side, we've been training (Kiante) Tripp, and Josh (Davis) and Vince (Vance). Those guys have all been practicing at (left) tackle to keep our depth right and in case a guy gets tired, that kind of thing," Richt said. "Chris Davis has been working at center and left guard and Ben (Jones) has just been working at center."
Changes could also be coming on the right side of the offensive line as well.
True freshman Cordy Glenn has started the first three games for the Bulldogs right guard, but redshirt freshman Justin Anderson has apparently picked up his level of play at right tackle - which could allow sophomore Clint Boling to slide to right guard.
"Right now you've got Boling and Bean (Anderson) basically working the right tackle, but Boling's also been working right guard with Cordy - so nothing's changed there," Richt said. "But what could change is who ends up starting. It's more of an open competition for a starting position right now that maybe it was a week ago."
Chris Davis, who has played left guard when Jones went in at center, said whatever route coaches decide to go is fine with him.
"They're just trying to find the best five guys and the best five will play," Davis said. "I guess we'll see who will on Saturday."