Coaches Tight-lipped on Lineups

ATHENS - Georgia coaches are playing it close to the vest when it comes to how their depth chart is shaking out.

Mike Bobo said an offensive line rotation has not been decided.

“There’s still five more practices,” Bobo said. “There’s a big practice (Saturday). …I’ll have a better feel probably after Monday’s practice.”

Offensive line coach Will Friend wasn’t ready to name a starting lineup.

“We’re evaluating guys and kind of seeing where guys are at,” Friend said. “We’ll keep doing that week to week.”

The expected starting lineup is left tackle John Theus, left guard Brandon Kublanow, center David Andrews, right guard Greg Pyke and right tackle Kolton Houston.

 “I’d really like to go into it that if you’re not getting it done on a Saturday, I’d like to have somebody else that would go in there and do it,” Friend said. “That’s the way life is, right? If you want to get your program and get your position to be the best, you’ve got to make them feel uncomfortable.”

Friend said coaches haven’t decided if freshmen linemen Isaiah Wynn and Dyshon Sims will play.

“They’ve done some good things,” Friend said. “We’ll kind of see what happens.”

As far as the backup quarterback battle between Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey, Bobo said he’d have a better idea probably after Tuesday’s practice “on what we’ll do if something happens” to starter Hutson Mason.

Bobo said all five available scholarship running backs, including freshmen Sony Michel and Nick Chubb will play at least special teams.

“The game will dictate touches and plays,” Bobo said.

  2016 opponent added

  Georgia has added a nonconference game for the 2016 season.

Nicholls State, an FCS school from Thibodaux, La., will get $525,000 for the game in Athens. The exact date for the game in 2016 has not been determined, according to a signed memorandum of understanding obtained via an open records request.

Nicholls State went 4-8 last season, including a 66-3 loss at Oregon and 70-7 at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Georgia’s 2016 schedule already includes the annual game with Georgia Tech and its rotating SEC cross-division opponent is at Ole Miss.

  This and that

When asked about freshman Isaiah McKenzie returning kicks, Ball also mentioned five other candidates starting with Todd Gurley. The star running back hasn’t returned a kick since 2012 when he returned a kickoff 100 yards against Buffalo. He had seven for 243 yards that season. “Everyone’s a possibility,” Ball said. “Anybody that can help us win.” Ball also mentioned Reggie Davis, Sony Michel and Mitchell and Scott-Wesley when available.

McKenzie and Reggie Davis are the possibilities at punt returner. The fact that McKenzie is a freshman won’t keep him out of the lineup. “He’ll figure it out,” Ekeler said. Evaluation continues. “You’d probably like to have one,” Ekeler said, “but if there’s two guys that are pretty equal and you want to get a look at them, it’s like rotating quarterbacks.”


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