The Rundown: Tuesday Practice

ATHENS - News, notes, quotes and observations from interviews following Georgia's practice Tuesday.

I've been consumed with thoughts about how the offensive line is going to shake out…so it's only appropriate that we start the Rundown with talk of the line.

--Senior Trinton Sturdivant told me Justin Anderson should be the starter at one of the guard positions. However, he added that he and Bean are roommates, so he's a little biased. Sturdivant did say that he felt like Anderson has hit the ground running. Time will tell for the senior Anderson.

--Also in the mix at guard, Brent Benedict said he is working out at right guard for the time being. He said he played both tackle and guard in high school, but quickly added this is a whole different level. He'll see time mostly at guard during spring and said his knee, which was injured his senior year in high school, feels good. "I'm very excited, and it was a long road coming back rehabbing and everything," Benedict, a redshirt freshman said. "(UGA trainer) Ron Courson obviously does a good job. He's helped a lot of guys out. I'm excited to be out there…full go, 100 percent."

--The feel on coach Friend is that the new offensive line coach is more relaxed than his predecessor. "Coach Friend's personality is more laid back," Sturdivant said. "He expects you to man up like a grown man."

--Aaron Murray's leg was still attached after practice—clearing that up just in case. And to take that further, Murray says his ankle is 100 percent. He is still rehabbing the joint just as a precaution, but is feeling no pain.

--As for what Murray hopes to improve this spring: "My footwork; just moving around in the pocket and always making sure I'm in a throwing position at all times. I really turn my shoulders and get out of there too early and not being in a throwing position when a window will open up somewhere…"

--Richt said the practice Tuesday was "sluggish." He seemed to be more enthused about the defensive side of the ball than the offensive. He attributed some of the setbacks in practice to spring break…he then went on a long, meandering diatribe about how he both loves and hates spring break at the same time. This was definitely the highlight of the discussion, capped by his run-in with Florida fans in Jamaica. Never a dull moment, folks.

--Richt said Bruce Figgins is embracing his role at fullback. "He's seeing the possibility of his new role and how it could be good for him and how it could be good for Georgia," Richt said.

--You're going to hear a ton of good spin about Michael Bennett. Every spring, a new player becomes the talk or the tweet of the town. Bennett, a redshirt freshman, is already commanding a lot of attention early. I'm not forecasting greatness just yet, but there is opportunity at receiver. Bennett is in the mix.

We were able to interview only offensive players Tuesday—thus the offensive heavy tidbits. We'll talk to defensive players after Thursday.

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