April 12, 2011

Dawgs go about replacing Sturdivant

Although the thought of not having Trinton Sturdivant to protect his blind side at left tackle isn't exactly a pleasant thought for quarterback Aaron Murray, knowing that he'll have senior Cordy Glenn has helped put his mind at ease.

"I trust Cordy already," Murray said after practice Tuesday. "He's already a tremendous athlete. I mean, as a left tackle I don't think there's anyone in the country who is that big, can run and can move the way Cordy does. He can move for a big guy. I know he can do a great job."

Glenn will certainly get his chance from this point forward after being moved permanently to left tackle by offensive line coach Will Friend after Sturdivant tore the ACL in his right knee during Saturday's scrimmage.

Friend is confident he can do the job, but there is still some work he needs to do.

"He's looked good this spring, but I told him I think he needs to lose a little weight," Friend said of the 6-foot-5, 338-pounder. "But he could be a real good player, and he's got to play good for us. He's got a lot of potential, he's done it, he's an athletic guy and he's had a good spring."

This isn't Glenns first time at left tackle.

The Riverdale native had already been alternating at the position during practice and in 2009 he started four games at left tackle while Sturdivant was recovering from the second of his now three ACL surgeries.

"It's a big adjustment," Glenn said. "But I've got some experience there, so it does help."

The rest of Georgia's offensive line has also had to adjust.

With Glenn now at left tackle, Friend said that senior Justin Anderson is now working with the first team at right tackle, with junior A.J. Harmon serving as his top backup. Friend said he expects the duo to be joined by Austin Long, once he recovers from the shoulder injury which has kept him out for most of the spring.

Kenarious Gates is the current starter at left guard alongside Ben Jones at center, with sophomore Chris Burnette the starter at right guard, with Anderson and redshirt freshman Brent Benedict competing as backups. Redshirt freshman Kolton Houston continues to practice at both tackle and guard while redshirt freshman Dallas Lee (asthma-like condition) still hasn't worked out with the team all spring.

"Gates has had a good spring at times and I think he can be a good football player for us if he'll get the mindset. You forget he's as young as he is, but I think he can really, really be a good football player," Friend said. "This summer is going to be big for him, but we've got to find somebody at right guard, too. But that's what the next couple of months are for."

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