Jones May Get First Start Saturday

ATHENS – Georgia's offensive line will look different when the Bulldogs take the field Saturday, but head coach Mark Richt insists the changes won't be drastic.

Richt said the line won't employ any combinations that haven't been used in games already, but starting jobs remain up for grabs.

"We're not really putting anybody where they haven't already been practicing anyway," Richt said. "It's been more of a production issue. We want to start the guys who give us the best chance. The other guys will still play, and it hasn't been established where everybody's going to end up."

Left tackle Kiante Tripp could be one of the linemen forced to the bench this week. Tripp sprained an ankle during practice Tuesday, but Richt said the sophomore was probable for the game. Even if he wasn't injured, however, it appeared Vince Vance might end up taking over as the starting tackle. Tripp wore a green non-contact jersey Wednesday but worked against the scout team in practice.

"He looked good to me," Richt said. "(Trainer) Ron (Courson) has every anticipation that he'll be on the trip. He'll be ready to go."

If Vance took over for Tripp at left tackle, Chris Davis would likely move from center to left guard, and freshman Ben Jones would take over at center. Cordy Glenn could also lose his starting spot, with Clint Boling moving to right guard and Justin Anderson getting his first start at right tackle.

"Right now, we're not playing musical chairs, but we're allowing other guys to get into this mix and become starters," Richt said. Of all the linemen, Richt said Boling has graded out the highest so far, but it's the left tackle position Tripp has held down since starter Trinton Sturdivant was injured in fall camp that will be the most important this week.

Arizona State defensive end Dexter Davis is one of the country's top pass rushers, and Richt said whoever lands the left tackle job will have his work cut out for him.

"(Davis) has got that high motor that great sack guys have," Richt said. "He's going to be a handful, and we'll probably do it by committee."

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