CHANGING PLACES: The battle for the starting left tackle job may soon be over.
"I don't know if it's solidified, but he's spending more time at left than right now," Richt said.
Richt hopes to have a final lineup set for the offensive line by midweek, a move he said is necessary to establish some continuity before the season starts.
"Tripp and Sturdivant were getting very solid, and we were getting very comfortable where they were," Richt said. "Now with Trinton out, we've had to disrupt Tripp … and by doing that, we moved Josh Davis from the left to the right. It's just different, new techniques and you lose that guy working side by side that is so much a part of that line play."
BATTLING BACKS: One player who didn't return to action Monday was redshirt freshman running back Caleb King, who missed practice with a sore hamstring.
The missed practice was especially discouraging to King because he is currently involved in a close battle for the No. 2 spot on the tailback depth chart with freshman Richard Samuel.
"Since I'm competing, with a tweaked hamstring, it's a minor setback," King said. "But I should be back Wednesday working hard."
EXTRA POINTS: Defensive tackle Kade Weston also missed practice Monday with a bone bruise in his knee which he suffered during Friday's scrimmage… Freshmen wide receivers A. J. Green and Tavarres King both returned to practice Monday, and Richt suggested both would earn playing time this season… Richt said Vince Vance had impressed coaches this preseason and had likely solidified a spot as the starting left guard.