ATHENS, Ga. — The rotation at offensive tackle will change this week when junior
George Foster moves back into the starting lineup against Vanderbilt.
Foster has been a backup the last two weeks as Kareem Marshall has started at the tight tackle position. Foster, Marshall and left tackle Jon Stinchcomb work in a three-way rotation at the two positions.
Foster's only start came against South Carolina. Stinchcomb has started every game.
"The last two weeks George has graded out significantly better than Kareem,'' said offensive line coach Neil Callaway after Tuesday's practice.
"All three will still play, rotating like it has been rotating, but George will start.''
Added Callaway of Foster: "George has done well. Both he and Kareem have improved a lot.''
Callaway said sophomore guard Chris Hewitt, the top backup to tight guard Kevin Breedlove, is continuing to improve from an ankle injury.
"He's still not 100 percent,'' Callaway said. "Really, the last three weeks he has been struggling with it. He hasn't missed practice; he's just not full speed.''
Hewitt has not played since the opener against Arkansas State.
The case of the flying shoe
Linebacker Tony Gilbert couldn't believe his eyes when he looked up and saw one of his cleats being tossed into the stands in the first quarter of last Saturday's win at Tennessee.
Gilbert says he was on the field blocking as Tennessee kicked an extra point when one of his shoes came off. Actually, Gilbert says that in the pile "Somehow, they took off my shoe.''
"I looked over to their sideline and I saw one of their linemen throw it in the crowd,'' Gilbert said.
Luckily for Gilbert, a referee also saw the shoe being tossed into the stands.
"The referee made them go get it and bring it back,'' Gilbert said. "I said ‘Man, I can't believe it. They're throwing my shoe!''
From phone calls, e-mails, visitors to his office and "just from walking down the street'' Coach Mark Richt said it is easy to see Georgia fans still enjoying the first win at Tennessee since 1980.
But one expression of thanks to Richt was especially notable.
"Some nice lady from Texas sent me about 50 red and black balloons,'' he said.
Cornerback Tim Wansley, who suffered a slightly sprained shoulder against Tennessee, was able to practice at full speed.
Weakside linebacker Ryan Fleming, returning from a sprained knee, was able to practice, though Chris Clemons continued to work with the first team defense. Will Witherspoon, the regular at weakside linebacker, is still out with a sprained knee.
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