Wednesday August 27, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- One year ago, Georgia had reason to worry
about opening the season with three freshmen on its offensive line.
But at least coach Mark Richt could look forward to having a strong
returning nucleus in 2008. But the Bulldogs have had to retool
their offensive line again. Sophomore left tackle Trinton
Sturdivant, was lost to a season-ending knee injury and Richt
suspended another sophomore, guard Clint Boling, for Saturday's
opener against Georgia Southern.
The lone returning starter, Chris Davis, has moved from guard to
center, so Georgia is opening the season with five linemen who have
never started at their current positions. There are no seniors on the unit, which includes a converted defensive lineman, Kiante Tripp.
The new starting five includes a freshman, right guard Cordy
Glenn. Left guard Vince Vance is the only junior. Tripp, who has
replaced Sturdivant at left tackle, right tackle Josh Davis and
Chris Davis are sophomores. Richt said he plans to play two freshmen, center Ben Jones and tackle Justin Anderson, in backup roles.
That's a lot of new faces for any line, especially a unit that
is asked to helped quarterback Matthew Stafford and tailback
Knowshon Moreno lead Georgia to a national championship.
If the line withstands the loss of Sturdivant, the offense
should be strong. Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, tight end Tripp
Chandler, Moreno and Stafford return from a team which capped an
11-2 season with a 41-10 win over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.
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