Injuries continue to cripple the Georgia offensive line. However, one of the few linemen that, thus far, has stayed out of harm's way is center Randall Swoopes. Swoopes is battling the now banged up Russ Tanner for the number one spot at center. He is also the son of Ronnie Swoopes, who was an All-SEC performer at defensive end during his tenure at Georgia from 1974 to 1977.
Swoopes was redshirted last season but will play a lot this year. While his focus during spring has been exclusively at the center spot, Swoopes could possibly wind up playing another position on the line if injuries continue to mount.
Here is my quick question and answer with him:
DL: Everyone is getting hurt on the line right now, how does that affect you?
RS: The biggest way that it affects me is that I am getting a lot of reps. I am getting a lot more work.
DL: Do all of the injuries on the line disturb you?
RS: I hate to see my teammates down, so it is disturbing. The way that I see it, I am going to work regardless. I am getting a lot more reps, but it gets discouraging. Its taking time away from us and the things that we need to do.
DL: Is it different preparing this spring knowing that you are going to play in the fall?
RS: It is different. Last year we had three centers and I was still fighting for a chance to play, even though I had never played center before. That was a big factor last year, I had never played center before.
DL: Is it possible that you could play another position on the line next year?
RS: It is possible, but most likely it won't happen, but it is possible.