Figuring out the offensive tackle situation at Georgia should be an interesting task for coach Mark Richt.
The loss of Trinton Sturdivant, who is expected to miss the 2011 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee this spring, put a dent in the Bulldogs‘ offensive line plans.
Both he and converted guard Cordy Glenn were rotating back and forth between the right and left tackle spots.
With Sturdivant gone, Glenn has assumed the starting role at left tackle, but right tackle and a backup for Glenn remains a bit of a mystery.
Wednesday, Richt threw out some names for both spots.
He said guard Justin Anderson and tackle A.J. Harmon are candidates for the right tackle spot. Both split reps there this spring. Tackle Austin Long is a candidate as well, but dealt with a shoulder injury this spring.
Richt said guard Kenarious Gates, who has been solid in the middle of the line this spring, is athletically gifted enough to play tackle if needed.
After that, it’s a bit unclear. Redshirt freshmen Brent Benedict and Kolton Houston will both get a shot. Benedict missed all of the 2010 season after suffering a severe right knee injury during his senior year of high school.
Georgia will also look to accelerate the development of incoming freshmen tackles Zach DeBell, Xzavier Ward and Watts Dantzler.
The key to figuring fall positions will be finding the correct fit at right tackle, Richt said.
“A lot of it’s going to depend on who is going to be the starting right tackle,“ Richt said. “My guess is whoever we think the third best tackle is he may end up having to cross train between the left side and the right side.”