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More Woes For UGA’s Offensive Line

Mark Richt can’t seem to catch a break.  Over the summer and preseason, his Bulldog rushing attack was hit hard by injuries, dismissals and defections.  There’s been some collective breath-holding regarding depth at O-line and tailback throughout the first quarter of UGA’s season. 

And now there’s more to worry about.

Starting right guard Chris Burnette suffered “a tweak” of his knee during practice yesterday.  While Richt doesn’t believe the injury to be “anything serious,” Chip Towers of The AJC points out that Burnette missed last season do to a patella injury to the same knee.

“We’ll see if it swells and see how he does tomorrow,” Richt said.  “Hopefully it doesn’t swell a lot.”

And then there’s the case of redshirt freshman Kolton Houston.  During the preseason he was competing for playing time at both guard and tackle.  But he hasn’t been on the field in Georgia’s first three contests.

Now we know why — an NCAA suspension.  “It’s an NCAA issue,” Richt said.  “It’s just an individual case that we’re not going to get into details about.  It’s NCAA related.  We think it’s going to (get) cleared up.  We just don’t know when.”

Wait, there’s more.  Starting left guard Kenarious Gates managed to return to practice this week for the first time since the season opener.  That sounds good, but his bum ankle will still be a concern if he returns to UGA’s lineup.

Asked what would happen if Burnette and Gates are both unavailable at guard, Richt joked: “Don’t ask me that question.  I don’t know what would happen if Gates and Burnette (can’t play).”

In reality, Richt mentioned two freshmen and center Ben Jones as being possible answers at guard.

Maybe we should start referring to the “shallow chart” when speaking of the Dawg’s offensive line.



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