Dawgs return - Sturdivant lines up as starter

ATHENS – Georgia head coach Mark Richt spent spring break in Costa Rica with his coaching staff. His players spent theirs in locations across the country.

They all got back together Monday night for the renewal of the Bulldogs' spring practice. Taking a week off after four of his team's 15 spring workouts is not ideal, Richt acknowledged, but it's better than any of the alternatives.

"We really are starting over in a way," he said before the workout began at 8 p.m. "It's going to be interesting to see how they practice today."

Scheduling spring practice has been something of a hassle for Richt, who doesn't want to have his G-Day game compete with the Final Four in two weeks or the Easter holiday after that.

"This formula is about the only thing that I really feel comfortable, which is signing day (in February), three weeks of mat drills and start spring football, no matter where it hits,' he said. "That's just the way we're going to do it."

The Bulldogs returned to the field without new offensive tackle Vince Vance, who suffered a PCL sprain in his right knee that is expected to keep him out of at least this week of practice. The injury isn't believed to be serious, but Georgia's coaches still hate to see Vance, a junior college transfer who they hope can start for them next season, out any time. Vance, who was not wearing a knee brace, rode an exercise bike during Monday's practice.

"He can't afford to miss the work," Richt said.

The Bulldogs have moved reserve center Ian Smith to tackle to help fill the void in practice, Richt said.

Georgia also is getting thin at linebacker with redshirt freshman Darryl Gamble out for the spring with a foot injury and redshirt freshman Akeem Hebron limited by a pulled hamstring.

Richt said he doesn't expect to see any major depth chart changes until after a scrimmage Saturday, but the wide receivers were shuffled at the beginning of Monday's practice with Sean Bailey and Mikey Henderson lined up with the first team, A.J. Bryant and Kenneth Harris with the second team and returning starter Mohamed Massaquoi with the third.

True freshman Trinton Sturdivant was lined up at first-team offensive tackle. Players were not made available to the media after practice.

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