Full-Pads Practice for Dawgs

ATHENS - Under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s, the Georgia held a two-hour workout in full pads Tuesday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said it was another productive day featuring great tempo but that the Bulldogs still had a long way to go this spring.

"It's a big learning process on both sides of the ball, we're still installing on offense and defense," said Richt. "I feel comfortable where we're at, I see the the players anxious to make plays, they are working hard."

Richt announced that redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Mettenberger would likely serve a one-game suspension for his off-the-field incident earlier this month during spring break. He said that could change if any additional information arises, but at this time, it would be a one-game suspension.

Also on Tuesday, Richt announced a position change for junior offensive lineman Justin Anderson. The 6-5, 330-pound native of Ocilla, Ga., will move to the defensive line with nose guard a starting point when he is healthy. Richt said the move was something that was under consideration once defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was hired and the switch to a 3-4 defense.

"Justin is injured right now for the spring so we won't see what he can do out at practice but he can start learning the terminology," said Richt. "If we lose some tackles, he'll be back, but right now we're going to put him on defense. We think he can do well there because he's quick and strong, he's an explosive athlete."

Richt said when he spoke with Anderson about the position change, the junior said he would do whatever he could to help the team. Anderson appeared in all 13 games making five starts last season for the Bulldogs. He appeared in 12 games as a freshman including seven starts in 2008.

"In this type of scheme, Justin has the type of body that can help us so we'll see how it goes," Richt added.

Georgia has an array of offensive tackles in senior Clint Boling, junior Cordy Glenn, senior Josh Davis and junior Trinton Sturdivant plus a host of younger players. Another area where Georgia has some depth is at tight end. Richt mentioned that sophomore Arthur Lynch was having a good spring including making a few nice catches Tuesday.

"We've got some guys that can run and catch, they are legitimate receivers at tight end in Orson (Charles), Aron (White), Arthur and Bruce (Figgins)," said Richt.


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