Tennessee Week: Tuesday News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's 2008 fall practices.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE…:

Head coach Mark Richt said he expected significant improvement on the offensive line as the season progresses, but he's not making any promises as to what the lineup might look like Saturday.

Richt said he expects Justin Anderson, Clint Boling, Ben Jones and Vince Vance to start at the same positions they did against Alabama, but he said the left guard spot is up for grabs.

Chris Davis – a two-year starter – got the nod the past two games after beginning the season at center, but Richt said freshman Cordy Glenn has shown a big improvement and could earn the job. Glenn started the first three games of the season at right guard, but moved to the left side last week.

"For a guy to be a true freshman and to look the way he has, I was amazed at how little he struggled," Richt said of Glenn. "He's been very confident in what to do."

… THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME:

It has been a revolving door at punt returner all season for Georgia, and despite the heroics of Prince Miller two weeks ago against Alabama, the rotation isn't likely to change this week.

"I think it's going to be the same way it's been all year," Miller said. "Coach (Jon) Fabris has different guys prepared, and everybody's ready to go. We're just going to keep the rotation up."

Miller – who has been the deep man on just a handful of punts this year – returned his first punt of the season last week for a 92-yard touchdown that pulled the Bulldogs to within 14 in the fourth quarter.

While Miller said he would like to build on that momentum, he said the rotation – which also includes Asher Allen, Logan Gray, Reshad Jones and Knowshon Moreno – does have an upside.

"The more you get back there, the more you get comfortable with it," Miller said. "But if I've been on defense and they've had like a seven-play drive or something like that, it's hard to get back there and be 100 percent ready to go. That's happened a couple times this year where Coach Fab felt like he wanted to put a fresh guy back there, but that's just how it goes."

READY TO RUMBLE:

With starting tight end Tripp Chandler out and backup Bruce Figgins battling a shoulder injury, redshirt freshman Aron White has stepped into the starting role, and Richt said his attitude at practice this week has been stellar.

"He's seizing the opportunity," Richt said. "He's blocking better than he has ever blocked. He's got more energy than he has ever had."

The change on the depth chart has spurred an added level of excitement for White, Richt said, which has given the coaching staff a bit less to worry about as they prepare for Tennessee.

"When you're third string, you have a certain mentality," Richt said. "It's hard to have that eye of the tiger or whatever you want to call it. But now you're the starter, so now it's different for him. He's practicing extremely well, and we're thrilled about that."


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