Gant looks like an opening day starter

ATHENS - Junior defensive lineman Ray Gant had an impressive scrimmage Saturday, and that's a good thing since he's looking like an opening day starter.

Gant is in line right now to fill Kedric Golston's starting defensive tackle position while Golston sits out the Sept. 3 game against Boise State to serve a suspension.

"It would look that way, but there's going to be competition up to the time of the game," defensive line coach Rodney Garner said. "He did better in the scrimmage than he had been doing in camp so that's encouraging."

Gant got plenty of work Monday while Golston (hip) and Gerald Anderson (knee) sat out most of the practice due to minor injuries.

"I felt like (Garner) looked to me more today than he ever has, just from the leadership aspect," Gant said.

Garner specifically praised the leadership ability of Gant, who has 47 tackles and one sack in two seasons playing for the Bulldogs.

"That's one of his strengths," Garner said. "He plays hard. He's got a great attitude."

Gant played in just nine games and had eight tackles last year while being slowed by chronic shoulder problems. So far this fall, he hasn't had any injury problems other than breaking a few small bones in his right wrist.

"Everything has been fine with my shoulders," he said. "I just thank the Lord for that. That's what stands out to me the most, just being able to do everything.

The Bulldogs had thought Ray Gant would play more defensive end than defensive tackle this year, but so far he is playing mostly on the inside. Part of the reason for that is the development of freshman defensive end Roderick Battle.

"Battle is showing some signs," Garner said. "You'd have to ask (defensive ends coach Jon) Fabris, but in my opinion, I think he is (going to play this year). He's a guy that definitely has got a chance."

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