The Rundown: Tuesday Practice

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

--Junior tailback Washaun Ealey did not participate at practice Tuesday because of a strained hamstring. Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said the injury isn't too serious, but also that he did not know when Ealey could return full tilt.

Cordy Glenn and Trinton Sturdivant are both receiving reps at left tackle, according to coach Will Friend. Glenn, who has played guard for most of his career, was thought to be a lock for starting right tackle. But now he's pushing Sturdivant for the coveted left tackle spot, a position many consider to be one of the most important on the field. Coach Will Friend said that's somewhat "overblown," adding that the right tackle has to protect and give just as much time. We'll see who wins out.

--Sticking with the line, Friend said Chris Burnette has enjoyed a sound spring thus far and received reps with the first unit at right guard Tuesday. Burnette is the second team center, but is cross training at guard.

--Friend also mentioned Kolton Houston as a player who is cross training along the line and said he's "a guy who can move and isn't afraid." Leaving bias out of this, I'm rooting for Kolton to make my Mail Bag prognostication look good. Wait...let's move on.

--And for the last note on the line, Dallas Lee still is not participating in practice. He has been sidelined with what Coach Richt has called a breathing complication.

--Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he has not seen a player surprise or jump out thus far, but did say "I have seen Kwame (Geathers) do some things that I like. I think he's busted his tail and he's competing. I think competition makes us all better." Geathers played sparingly last season, fighting through injuries while learning the playbook. Many have already pegged JUCO transfer John Jenkins into the starting lineup at nose tackle for next season. "Nobody is etched in stone right now," Grantham said. "We're going to rank them every day. If we need to make some more adjustments, we will down the road and I think competition makes everyone better. I think you have to learn how to compete to win a position before you can help us win a game."

--I've been hearing from a couple different sources—players and coaches—that the defense has been getting the better of the offense quite a bit this spring. I'm not sure why…or what it's worth, but quotes like this have been popping up frequently: "It was a very good day for the defense," Mark Richt said in a press release. "They really got after it today and they pretty much shut down the offense. We're still installing and that's part of the process, but I'm seeing lots of competition."

--Here's what Richt had to say about the two early enrollee's—Chris Conley and Christian LeMay: "They're lost," Richt said with a laugh. "They're keeping up right now. In the spring, the players have at least one season behind them, but these young guys don't have that. The two Christians — LeMay and Conley — are doing a good job."

--Light day for quick notes, because Richt and players weren't available for full comment. We'll have more later.

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