At least this time we're looking for a remedy in the Spring instead of at the beginning of the season. But for the third season in the last four, we'll be filling a big hole with Trinton Sturdivant going down to yet another knee injury. He underwent surgery yesterday and will most likely miss all of the 2011 season.
As emotionally difficult as that is for his teammates and coaches to deal with, the show must go on. Here's the starters as of right now:
LT - Cordy Glenn
LG - Kenarious Gates
C - Ben Jones
RG - Chris Burnette
RT - AJ Harmon/Justin Anderson
Glenn had been cross training at LT already with Sturdivant and is entrenched there now. Anderson seems to have a slight edge over Harmon at RT, but that battle will likely last well into the summer.
So...RS Sophomore Austin Long is the only remaining backup at tackle after Glenn, Anderson and Harmon. Long has had a back injury he's recovered from, but is expected to miss all of Spring with a shoulder injury. Should we face any more casualties at tackle we'll be faced with throwing a true freshman in there or converting another guard.
To end this on a positive note, two great reads on the subject: here by Weiszer and here by Page. Lots of great information and quotes from the coaches. The immediate good news is that Glenn is doing well at tackle. Sounds like Friend would like him to drop a little more weight heading into Fall camp "to help him move the way he needs to for four quarters".
And how big is Gates' playing time last season now? That kid was a last minute addition to what many consider a very lackluster class in 2010. What a valuable pickup for Coach Richt. Now he'll be working on his second season next to Ben Jones and adds some much needed experience to a line that is dealing with an all too familiar loss.
A big question of how good the line may turn out this fall is if there is a surprise like Gates among guys who redshirted last year or who are coming in this fall as true freshman that might help sure up the line.
Dantzler might be able to help. The other lineman might need more time in the weight room and cafeteria before they're ready.
There's some rumors that Watts may have gotten into some trouble last weekend. Hoping he is still in good standing.
There's a university law that states there must always be at least one O-lineman with a shoulder injury.
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