Previewing Dogs’ offensive line

Georgia tackle Trinton Sturdivant’s injury last August was the first of several that forced Georgia to go with a patchwork offensive line much of the season. Of course, as a result of all the mixing and matching that OL coach Stacy Searels had to do last year, the 2009 line is an experienced bunch that’s expected to be the main strength of the offense. 

Talking with David Hale of Bulldogs Blog, Sturdivant previews what the starting OL might look like, based on what’s happening in summer workouts. Sturdivant, who says his injured knee is fully recovered, is playing left tackle, with Vince Vance (also coming back from ACL surgery) at left guard, Ben Jones back at center, Cordy Glenn at right guard and Clint Boling at right tackle. That’s all subject to change at Searels’ whim, of course.

Sturdivant also says incoming freshman Chris Burnette has really impressed his teammates with his explosive speed and how quickly he has learned the playbook. Burnette, who came close to being his high school’s valedictorian, “already knows all the calls and the plays,” Sturdivant says. “We can call any call, and he just spits it out just like that. I know he had a 5.8 GPA in high school, and it’s definitely transferring.”

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June 25th, 2009
2:17 pm

The Dawgs O-line is gonna be dirty. Joe Cox and the backs will benefit greatly.


June 25th, 2009
2:19 pm

As coaches we always say that aside from the QB the o-line are, and have to be, the smartest guys on the field.


June 25th, 2009
2:23 pm

How many days left?????

Coach Paul Johnson just got mugged outside of the stadium

June 25th, 2009
2:24 pm

Good Article topic Bill, but expand on it more don’t just post a link to another reporter’s analysis. Where is Burnette in the depth chart and what position does Searels think he should play?

Anyway, good to think of how they will steamroll over the pourous GT defensive front this year.

45-42, yeah I know, your special.

Mr. Dawg,--to U.

June 25th, 2009
2:29 pm

I really hope we concentrate more on the running game. Stafford was able to get the ball there when needed (usually) but catchup football sucks. Get back to what you know–run the ball–keep it away from their offense.

oops, and before I forget.

45-42, yeah, yeah,– I know


June 25th, 2009
2:37 pm

Ah that’s good to hear about Burnette. We went to the same high school so I always love to see the local boys excell.


June 25th, 2009
2:49 pm


1991 Won 18 15…………Atlanta
1992 Won 31 17…………Athens
1993 Won 43 10…………Atlanta
1994 Won 48 10…………Athens
1995 Won 18 17…………Atlanta
1996 Won 19 10…………Athens
1997 Won 27 24…………Atlanta
1998 Lost 19 22…………Athens
1999 Lost 48 51…Atlanta (OT)
2000 Lost 15 27…………Athens
2001 Won 31 17…………Atlanta
2002 Won 51 7………….Athens
2003 Won 34 17…………Atlanta
2004 Won 19 13…………Athens
2005 Won 14 7………….Atlanta
2006 Won 15 12…………Athens
2007 Won 31 17…………Atlanta


June 25th, 2009
2:49 pm

Put Aaron Murray behind that offensive line and we will win a national championship this season.


June 25th, 2009
2:57 pm

Killer lineup, can’t wait to see them play against the Pokies from Okie. I must have missed Bill’s phone call to be first to comment, dang it.


June 25th, 2009
3:15 pm

Honestly what is the point of this blog? I just don’t understand the constant regurgitation of David Hale’s blog…with is always awesome by the way. That’s all this has become, plain and simple IMHO. Does Bill not have any access to the program to create his own stories? I’m sure he’s a good guy and a Dawg through and through but it’s kind of sad that this is all the AJC can offer up. Just my $.02.

Just Askin

June 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

GT Regimes:

L 1987: Ross
L 1988: Ross
W 1989: Ross
W 1990: Ross (National Champs)
L 1991: Ross
L 1992: Lewis
L 1993: Lewis
L 1994: Lewis(Fired after 8 games)
L 1995: O’Leary
L 1996: O’Leary
L 1997: O’Leary
W 1998: O’Leary
W 1999: O’Leary
W 2000: O’Leary
L 2001: O’Leary (Becomes only unbeaten HC in history of ND Football)
L 2002: Gailey
L 2003: Gailey
L 2004: Gailey
L 2005: Gailey
L 2006: Gailey (Gonna be fired at end of 2007 season)
L 2007: Gailey (Fired)
W 2008: Paul Johnson

So, here’s the “big” conclusion you can draw.

There’s been a Regime Change in Atlanta.
And, there’s a new Sheriff on The Flats. His name is D-Rad.
He has a new Deputy. His name is Paul Johnson.

CMR could beat O’Leary, and Gailey.

But so far, CMR is 0-1 agaisnt CPJ.

Call it pee-wee, mickey-mouse, gimmick or whatever, until mutts can prevent GT from rolling up 400 Yards of Rushing, you might as well call a STEAMROLLER !


June 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

Fan blog versus a beat blog Bull.


June 25th, 2009
3:17 pm

Behind this stellar offensive line, Caleb King will be the SEC breakout player of the year! How many more days am I stuck watching the Braves until I can watch a real sport?


June 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

Paul Johnson is 1-1 versus Mark Richt. And 1-1 in Sanford Stadium.


June 25th, 2009
3:24 pm

After watching the OL in the spring game I would say that the offense is in trouble because they will not be able to protect the QB.


June 25th, 2009
3:30 pm

Uh… GTfanfrom1951… only a couple of our offensive line starters were 100% healthy for the spring game… plus there was a renewed focus on defense and they blitzed a TON for a bring game.


June 25th, 2009
3:32 pm

If you were watching our Spring Game I would agree with you except most of the starters were not playing. And those that were playing were divided up to try and make two squads. I raised the question back then if we would be able to field an offensive line. And which guys were going to have to change color jerseys on the sidelines because they had to play both sides.

Just Askin

June 25th, 2009
3:37 pm

CPJ at GT: CMR 0-1

PAC 10 Homer

June 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

Seeing the headline: Previewing Dogs’ offensive line.

I came into this blog expecting to see mugshots, and arrest records.


June 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

This maybe a a double post can find the original

I agree with Go Gator the triple option is nothing new nor hard for a DC to plan a defense. The trick is executing and having the players to win the individual battles.

Good Dawg

June 25th, 2009
3:45 pm

Dang, that 5.8 GPA is pretty good if 4.0 is as high as it can get. He must have got extra credit. (or maybe I’m out of touch and they’ve changed the scale.)


June 25th, 2009
3:48 pm

Is Austin Long in the mix somewhere? He was touted as a top signee.


June 25th, 2009
3:49 pm

PAC10 I read a USC recuiting hedaline on ESPN and expected to see houses and cash changing hands


June 25th, 2009
3:53 pm

Just Askin.. A three point win every eight years is not a steamroller. Get some decaf. Just Sayin.. Nerd.


June 25th, 2009
3:58 pm

Just Askin, thanks for clarifying. Paul Johnson at Tech is 1-0 against UGA.

Good Dawg, I believe they have changed the grading in High School. How else with our education system was a student going to get a 3.0 and a Hope scholarship.


June 25th, 2009
4:33 pm

Pac 10 Homer is an idiot

June 25th, 2009
4:47 pm


June 25th, 2009
5:14 pm

PAC10 this isn’t a west coast blog


June 25th, 2009
5:22 pm

Cuz, Burnette got extra credit for advanced courses. Burnette said calculus gave him a problem, he “almost” had to settle for a B! And I don’t even know if I spelled calculus right. History major here!


June 25th, 2009
6:06 pm

Bob, Austin Long will redshirt this year. He had a back surgery. He should be fully recovered for 2010. I love his game.. finishes blocks. He reminds me a lot of the Stinchcomb brothers. He’s going to be a good one to team up with Brent Benedict. I LOVE coach Searles! I hope he’ll be around in Athens for awhile. He’s doing heck of a job developing the big uglies.


June 25th, 2009
6:16 pm

I wondered which five players would be the projected starters on the O-line. I didn’t even think of putting Vince Vance at left guard. I assumed Chris Davis would be a starter at guard. Hope they jell pretty quick. It would be nice to have an O-line that can control the game when we go to Okla State. Chris Burnette is likely to be a guard.


June 25th, 2009
6:27 pm

I really want to see how Vance and Trinton come back from those knee injuries.If they both hold up well thru fall camp look out!What’s the word on AJ Harmon?


June 25th, 2009
7:55 pm

How about this first 5:

LT Trinton Sturdivant
LG Vince Vance
C Ben “BigNasty” Jones
RG Cordy Glenn
RT Clint Boling


June 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

Eh, not impressed. I had a decimal point in my GPA too.


June 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

ha Ben, blitzed in the “bring game”, clever!

The dawg

June 25th, 2009
11:14 pm

Tech win does not make u true soldier son. Snatch ur gold purse and go back to the shallow end of the pool. Go dawgs!!!!


June 26th, 2009
6:03 am

The O line is definitely the Dawgs’ strong suit. It’s the defense that worries me. I don’t see a rub cracking end in the bunch and any team that has Prince Miller in the starting line up at DB has issues. By the way Techies….November 24. Mark it down.

Deployed Dawg

June 26th, 2009
6:16 am

I am surprised to see Davis not starting as well. He doesn’t have the atheletic ability of the 5 projected starters, but he has been starting for two years and is supposed to be one of the toughest guys on the team.
And as for the defense, I think we will notice a big difference on the line with Owens back. We have to have the strongest D-tackle rotation in the SEC, which is going to make our LBs look really good.

yellow fuzz

June 26th, 2009
9:37 pm

Write this down. Before the Vandy game Georgia will be thin on the O line and be using it as an excuse for under achieving for the 29TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Dawg

June 28th, 2009
8:38 am

that is your ONLY hope fuzz.