Depth at OT now a real concern for Dawgs

ATHENS – The Bulldogs' depth at offensive tackle, which was considered a weakness, may have taken a serious blow before the season even starts.

With Georgia's most dependable offensive tackle likely serving a two-game suspension for violating team rules, Georgia will open the season with a pair of starting tackles that will have virtually no starting experience. The Bulldogs had only three scholarship tackles practice this spring, with Inman being one of them.

Ken Shackleford, the projected starter at strong tackle, has spent much of his time in Athens as a backup. He managed to get into the playing rotation last season, but it was Inman and the now departed-for-the-NFL Dennis Roland that took up the bulk of the time in the rotation.

After Shackleford, the prognosis at tackle gets grim as the Bulldogs have virtually no experience retuning.

Michael Turner has played very few minutes as a tackle, but was expected to be relied on to provide depth in 2006. Turner has spent most of his career bouncing around the offensive line. He was recruited as a tight end, but grew into an offensive lineman. After the position change he has redshirted, and then took his turn at center and guard before moving to tackle for good in the spring of 2006. Most of Turner's playing experience comes from playing in the offense's "jumbo" package, and on special teams.

The situation at tackle has become even more concerning since would-be true freshman Justin Anderson announced his plans to enroll in Hargrave Military to get his grades in order earlier this week. Anderson was expected to add depth at tackle this fall. He was considered a five-star recruit by

Another Class of 2006 signee was sidelined this spring with a shoulder injury. John Miller, who enrolled early to take advantage of spring practices and was listed at the backup strong tackle behind Shackleford this spring, missed all of spring practice after getting surgery earlier this year.

That leaves Georgia with 2006 signees Chris Davis and Josh Davis to fill out the depth chart at tackle. Without Inman, the remaining tackles have one start in their combined careers.

Georgia opens the season with Western Kentucky before traveling to South Carolina for a televised night game on ESPN.

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