December 30, 2011

Glenn: 'All business'



TAMPA, Fla. - Senior left tackle Cordy Glenn is a man of few words.

Don't believe it? Just ask him.

For the most part, Glenn, along with fellow senior Justin Anderson have been no-shows for post-practice interview sessions, although not because of any disdain for the media asking the questions.

"I'm really more business on the field; I just let my actions do my talking on the field," Glenn said in one of his rare interviews before practice Friday morning in preparation for Monday's Outback Bowl. "I'm just laid back; I'm not an interview-type guy."

Glenn's work on the field has spoke volumes.

After Trinton Sturdivant tore his ACL for the third time, Glenn took over at left tackle and has started each of Georgia's 13 games.

Although he admits he struggled in the first two contests against Boise State and South Carolina, the Riverdale native responded, and along with Anderson and fellow senior Ben Jones at center, gave the Bulldogs the stability up front they needed to turn their season around.

"We might not be here today if those guys had not come through," Richt said Friday.

Glenn, in particular, gets a lot of the credit.

Although he had played left tackle before, the thought of lining up there fulltime following Sturdivant's injury initially seemed like a daunting task for the 348-pounder, who had started all 13 games at left guard the previous year.

"I did not start out as well as I would have liked, but that was mostly my fault," said Glenn. "But I stuck with it, kept the faith in what I was doing and didn't give up on myself. I gradually molded myself into a better player. I think I'm pretty good right now."

So does Richt.

"I think he came a long way," Richt said. "It's so different to block on that island after you get so many of the good pass rushers from across the country on you. I think Cordy has moved himself into a situation to where he's moved up on some draft boards, because you know what you're going to get."

Glenn plans on training for the upcoming NFL Combine upon returning to Athens, although he's not sure yet where that will take place.

In the meantime, he's going to enjoy his final game as a Bulldog in Monday's game against 12th-ranked Michigan State.

Monday's start will be the 50th of his Bulldog career.

"It's been a fun ride, especially this year," Glenn said. "This has been the most fun year I've had. Everybody on the team has been so close; the most camaraderie we've ever had. I've enjoyed my team at Georgia and getting ready for the future challenges."

Jenkins confirms he's staying

Thursday, Jarvis Jones lamented that he "spilled the beans" that nose tackle John Jenkins would be returning for his senior year.

Friday, Jenkins laughed he was harboring no grudge.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," said Jenkins when asked if he was in fact coming back. "Every good D-lineman needs somebody rushing off the edge and Abry Jones, me, J.J., hopefully Cornelius (Washington), Garrison Smith … we all come back together I believe we'll be a good punch."

Beard to get look at tackle

Offensive line coach Will Friend said that newly-signed junior college transfer Mark Beard will get looks at both left and right tackle this spring.

"We're going to look at him at tackle," said Friend. "You know how we like to move guys around a little bit."

The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder could eventually get looks at guard as well.

"We feel he's going to come in and help us. He's got a real good toughness. We're very excited about him," Friend said. "He's a big body that moves very well, with big, strong hips. We think he's going to be a good player."

This and that

Richt is not sure which of his running backs will start, but said that three and perhaps as many as four could see action against Michigan State. That list includes junior Richard Samuel, Ken Malcome and Isaiah Crowell as the backs expected to play. … Linebacker {db]Mike Gilliard[/db] (ankle) has taken part in limited drills versus the scout team and could see action against the Spartans. Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson still has not practiced and it is looking more unlikely that he will be able to go.