Redshirt sophomore Chris Burnette missed Tuesday's practice because of a test in a finance class. His absence left the team without an upperclassmen to man the right guard spot, a position lacking depth due to Dallas Lee's broken leg.
"When we watched film, it looked fine," said Burnette, who is dealing with a sore knee. "Ben knows what he's supposed to do anyway. He's just a little bit out of his comfort zone without having his hand on the ball, but he can definitely play the position."
In 47 career games, Jones has never played anywhere but center. But Lee's injury leaves the offensive line in a dangerous situation in terms of depth.
"We've got some bumps and bruises," said sophomore left guard Kenarious Gates. "We're just holding up and trying to stay healthy."
Andrews is now the "sixth man" on the line in the event an injury occurs to any of the starters, coach Mark Richt said earlier this week.
"I'm just trying to stay ready because you never know what could happen," Andrews said.
"(Gates) can play a little bit of everything — anything but center," offensive line coach Will Friend said.
Lee is expected to return for whichever bowl game the Bulldogs play in.
"It's been challenging, but it's also been a testament to us, I guess, because we've filled in for each other and had to do well when we were called upon," Burnette said. "It's unfortunate that every time we try to get healthy that somebody goes down. Hopefully we can stay healthy and just stay on the field from this point forward."
Herrera plays inside and out
"It just came up that week," said Herrera, who has 26 tackles. "I haven't played it before, so it was something new."
Sophomore Alec Ogletree returned at inside linebacker against Florida for the first time since breaking his foot in the season opener. The play of junior Mike Gilliard, who leads the team with 50 tackles, dictated a move for Herrera.
"He's going to play all over," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "He's going to play where needed. Whatever the best combination allows us to do, so he's going to play inside and outside."
Herrera finished the Florida game with one tackle, one pass defended and one quarterback hurry.
"At inside, you really know what everybody is doing and what the play is," he said. "That made playing outside easy to me."
Bailey named to All Legends Team
Bailey, a three-year starter, earned All-America first-team honors in 2002 when he led the team with 114 tackles and six sacks. The class will be honored the weekend of the SEC championship game, held on Dec. 3 in Atlanta.
This and that
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon caught his first career reception as a Bulldogs freshman receiver against New Mexico State in 2002. … Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti worked on staff with New Mexico State coach Dewayne Walker for the Washington Redskins in 2004-05.