September 24, 2013

No more flip-flopping

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It appears that Will Friend won't be asking his offensive linemen to play different positions anymore for the time being.

Last week against North Texas, the nine linemen who saw action for the Bulldogs against North Texas all stayed in one spot, something Friend said after practice Tuesday he's finally comfortable being able to do.

"I think we're kind of getting there," he said. "Through the open week and the last week of practice I think we're kind of getting there. That's how they'll be in the game."

That means junior Kolton Houston will remain at right tackle, where he's scheduled to start ahead of John Theus come Saturday's game against 6th-ranked LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS).

Houston had received some reps at left guard, and actually started at the position in Week 2 against South Carolina.

"I like Kolton at right tackle," said Friend. "He's done some good things and continues to get better. He's a good athlete."

Friend also had some encouraging words about Theus, who will continue to see extensive reps at the position.

"He had a good day of practice today and we need to compete every day," Friend said. "I like what he's doing."

The rest of Georgia's rotation at offensive line will set up like this: Mark Beard will focus extensively at left tackle behind starter Kenarious Gates, freshman Brandon Kublanow behind left guard Dallas Lee, Hunter Long behind David Andrews at center while Dantzler will be the top backup behind Chris Burnette at right guard.

Dantzler played over 20 snaps last week against North Texas, which is believed to be a career high.

"He had a good game and before that a good week of practice," Friend said. "He deserved he right to be in there."

So did Kublanow.

"He's really done some good things. It's known he's that No. 2 left guard. It was one of those situations, he was sitting there and he was going to have to play," Friend said. "We should have put him in earlier in the games, but he played and had a good day today and we're going to need him. He's going to be a good player."

Injury report

Tight end Jay Rome (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday afternoon, although he was limited to just running and did not take part in any full-contact drills.

Neither did running back Keith Marshall (left shoulder contusion), but earlier in the day, head coach Mark Richt said the sophomore would be able to go against the Tigers.

Others on Georgia's post-practice injury report included sophomore linebacker James DeLoach[/d]b (concussion, out), freshman defensive end [db]De'Andre Johnson (right shoulder sprain, out), wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (right hamstring strain, limited running), quarterback Parker Welch (neck strain, out) and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (right shoulder sprain, limited no contact).

This and that

The Georgia football team continued preparations for Saturday's home game against LSU with a two and a half hour workout at the Woodruff Practice Fields Tuesday. It was the second straight day the Bulldogs practiced in full pads. "It's without question a huge game for us and a huge game for LSU," Richt said. "We have an awful lot of respect for LSU, even more respect after watching them on TV last Saturday night. They look as good as ever." … Saturday's game features the third and fourth-ranked scoring offenses in the SEC. LSU averages 43.2 points per game, while Georgia averages 40.3 points per game. … James "Tojo" Crawford, an Athens fixture and employee of the UGA Athletic Association from the mid-1980s until his retirement in 2011, passed away on Sunday. Crawford worked for Poss Catering Company for more than 20 years before joining the UGA Athletic Association staff in the mid-80s. He served numerous roles for the Athletic Association but his primary duties were as manager of Sanford Stadium. Crawford retired on May 31, 2011.

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