South Carolina Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

NEW LOOK ON O LINE

Georgia's offensive line will have a different look to it in the Bulldogs' second outing of the season, and it won't be just because starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant is out for the season following an ACL injury.

Justin Anderson will get the starting nod at right guard this week over incumbent Chris Davis, who Richt said lacks the size to create a favorable matchup against South Carolina's hefty defensive front.

"The guys we're playing are big men, and (Anderson) has just got more girth to him," Richt said. "Chris, I'm sure, will end up playing, but you get two big guards in there when you play a team that's mostly a four-man front, usually they cover your guards and you want to get some big men in there to hold up against them."

Senior Vince Vance will step in at left tackle for Sturdivant, who tore his ACL for the second time in as many years during the second half of Georgia's opener against Oklahoma State.

Vance filled in for about 25 snaps against the Cowboys, and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he turned in a strong performance.

"He did good," Bobo said. "He played with energy and didn't have hardly any missed assignments which is what we expect from Vince."

EALEY STILL IN THE MIX

With King potentially missing another week of action, Richt said he hasn't ruled out using freshman tailback Washaun Ealey – both at running back and on special teams.

The problem, Richt said, is that due to an early elbow injury during fall camp, Ealey is still behind in terms of how much progress the coaching staff had hoped to see.

"If you have some cumulative reps and you miss some time, that's one thing," Richt said. "But if you're not there to learn it from scratch, it's hard to throw them into the middle of a game plan and say, ‘Go do it,' when he doesn't even have the basics down."

Despite being a bit behind on the learning curve, however, Richt said Ealey has remained in the mix during practice and could still see action – if not against South Carolina, potentially down the road.

"We are still trying to incorporate him in those areas, and we're still getting him reps to try to keep him greased up and keep his mind in it," Richt said.

DURHAM BACK AT WORK

Senior receiver Kris Durham, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery during the offseason, returned to receiving drills Wednesday for the first time.

Durham was kept out of any competitive situations, Richt said, but he got work in catching passes, which was an important benchmark.

"It's encouraging and certainly he's excited about it," Ball said. "And it's always good to have Kris around."


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