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August 23, 2008

Offensive line set

Georgia's starting offensive line for Saturday's season opener against Georgia Southern has been confirmed.

Saturday, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said that redshirt sophomore Kiante Tripp will start at left tackle, junior Vince Vance at left guard, redshirt sophomore Chris Davis at center, true freshman Cordy Glenn at right guard and redshirt sophomore Josh Davis at right tackle.

"One guy's not going to make a unit dominant, it's got to be five guys, five cohesive guys," Bobo said. "We've just got to get on the same page. We really haven't had a consistent five all camp, so that's a little bit of a concern. But when we get that five or six guys, maybe seven, which is good because we've got a lot of guys we feel confident that can play, we've just got to get them playing together."

Freshman Ben Jones, Justin Anderson and Tanner Strickland are also expected to see action. Clint Boling will return from his one-game suspension two weeks from now against Central Michigan.

Martinez hopeful safeties hold up

Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez has his fingers crossed in regards to his secondary: No more injuries, please.

The recent loss of backup safety Quintin Banks has put Martinez in an uneasy position, wondering what in the world he's going to do in case an injury would befall Reshad Jones, CJ Byrd, John Knox or Andrew Williams.

"Our freshmen still have a ways to go, although they've got the skill level and they've got the talent," Martinez said following Saturday's workout at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility. "I compare it to like trying to play quarterback: They have to make the calls, they have to be sure we're in the right sets, they have to make the right checks along with being physical. It's a lot to learn. It's very fast-pace for them."

That said, Martinez said he's having to accelerate the learning curve for freshman safeties Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings and Nick Williams, three youngsters that before it's all over with, could make important impacts with the team this fall.

"I am encouraged by their ability. If we can get them to be somewhere around the fourth or fifth ball game to continue to get better so if something were to happen or even challenge for some playing time," Martinez said. "They're capable of doing it, they're just so behind mentally right now in our scheme, which is understandable. But I like their athleticism, I like the way they're a pretty focused group for young guys."

Andrew Williams certainly doesn't fit that bill. As a sixth-year senior, Williams has been more of a presence on special teams for the Bulldogs. However, Martinez said he wouldn't hesitate to have the Union County native play a more prevalent role on defense, either.

"It's always great to have an experienced guy, a veteran guy like Andrew who has been in a lot of big games and a lot of it's been because of special teams," Martinez said. "But he knows everything. He can call everything. He knows our calls and that's what nice about it when he's out there. That's an advantage to have."

Bulldogs get in another strong workout

For the second straight day, head coach Mark Richt was pleased with what he saw from his Bulldogs during Saturday's workout at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility.

No. 1 Georgia practiced for about and hour and a half Saturday in a workout that was delayed about an hour due to rain. The team broke into individual drills before closing the session with 11-on-11 work.

"I'll have to say this was another outstanding day of tempo," Richt said. "We spent a lot of time on kicking and we want to know some answers. I'm hoping the dust will settle by Monday."

Richt added that the team's enthusiasm and energy was greater, and after looking at the film from Friday's impromptu scrimmage, said his team may not be as far off as he first feared.

"Because we played with energy and tempo, some things that I thought were problems Thursday weren't on Friday," Richt said. "We decided we were going to try as hard as we can go as hard as we can. We have some things to work on but we are not as far off as I thought we would be."


No starters yet at defensive end

Martinez said no decision has been regarding Georgia's starters at defensive end, primarily because so many players have been hurt.

So, although senior Jarius Wynn and redshirt freshman Justin Houston have received most of the reps, Martinez said Saturday he's still going to wait and see.

"We're not going to say that because we're not going to sit there and demote a guy because he was injured," Martinez said. "We're not going to do that but there are guys who deserve to play more or possibly play more based on their production at camp."

Still, Martinez has been very pleased with what he's seen from Wynn and Houston.

"Jarius Wynn has really come on. He's taken a lot of reps because we've had a lot of guys out with nagging injuries. Justin Houston has done a nice job," Martinez said. "I've also been impressed with a guy like Andrew Gully who has helped out wit reps and stuff. But Jarius is the first guy to come to mind. He's had a really good camp and taken a lot of reps so that was encouraging."

Demarcus Dobbs andJeremy Lomax ditched their green jerseys Saturday and should be ready for Saturday's opener.



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