Richt: Strickland standing out

ATHENS – Ask Georgia head coach Mark Richt who has impressed him so far this preseason, and it might be a while before his answer concludes.

Richt isn't exactly conservative when it comes to handing out praise, and when you're the coach of the No. 1 team in the country, it's not hard to find things to compliment.

But ask Richt who has shown the most improvement since the spring, and he has just one answer: offensive lineman Tanner Strickland.

"Strickland will be pushing for a starting position in Game 1 with (Justin) Anderson," Richt said after Wednesday's practice. "That's about where we've got him working right now."

Stickland, a redshirt freshman, was slowed by injuries last season, but Richt said he's finally able to show what he can do. And that's come as a pleasant surprise to the coaching staff who, Richt admitted, didn't know quite what to make of Strickland when camp began.

"He'll stand in that huddle and he looks like a player," Richt said. "He looks confident, and he looks like he's ready to play."

Anderson, another redshirt freshman, isn't exactly having a bad start to camp, Richt said, but he has been inconsistent.

"Some days he looks like a world beater, and some days he looks more like an inconsistent guy," Richt said of Anderson. "He's improving, but you want a guy who's going to be very consistent. If you've got a guy who gets it 80 percent of the time, that's still probably not good enough."

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