Following a season-ending injury to starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant, Davis was elevated up the depth chart and has been getting a majority of the reps with the first-team offensive line. "I was really focused on Trinton was the starting left tackle, so I kind of knew I was going to have to work hard to get playing time behind him," Davis said. "Now that he's out, I feel a lot of weight on my shoulders."
The job isn't going to be handed to Davis, but Richt has been upbeat about the job Davis has done on short notice, noting a significant upturn in the sophomore's on-field tempo during practice.
Davis said he's thrilled with the chance at the starting job, but as one of Sturdivant's closest friends on the team, he wishes it were under different circumstances.
"It hurt," Davis said. "Me and him, we have similar personalities, so we're always around each other, laughing, telling jokes. When he got hurt, it hurt me. I saw him in the training room, I had to fight back tears." BYE-BYE BOOT: Brannan Southerland has spent the first two weeks of practice with a gaudy protective boot on his foot, but the bruising fullback may be close to returning to work.
Southerland, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot in June, said he will have a CT scan completed Monday and would meet with his doctor on Wednesday for further evaluation.
"Hopefully we'll start working out of this boot next week, that's what we're hoping to hear from the doctor," Southerland said. "I have to get into a tennis shoe to further the rehab process at this point."
EXTRA POINTS: Richt said kicker Blair Walsh was the clear leader to handle extra-point and field-goal duties this season… defensive ends Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) and Jeremy Lomax (turf toe) could both be back at practice Monday, Richt said… fellow defensive end Justin Houston sat out of practice Thursday with tightness in his hamstring.