Sturdivant or Glenn at left tackle? Boykin as punt returner?

ATHENS — Barring injury, Trinton Sturdivant and Cordy Glenn surely will be Georgia’s starting offensive tackles this year. It’s not clear at this point, though, which one of them will play left tackle and which one will play right tackle.

Both are getting work at both spots during spring practice, new offensive line coach Will Friend said Tuesday night.

“Whoever wins that job,” Friend said, “will be the left tackle,” entrusted to protect quarterback Aaron Murray’s blind side.

Glenn started all 13 games last season at left guard and moved this spring to tackle, where he is “rusty,” Friend said, but “could be  a dominant player.” Sturdivant started seven games last season at left tackle, where he also started 13 games as a freshman in 2007 before missing almost all of the ‘08 and ‘09 seasons with knee injuries.

Kenarious Gates and Justin Anderson have been considered the leading candidates to start at the guards, but Friend said backup center Chris Burnette worked some at first-team guard Tuesday.

“I grade everything that goes on,” Friend said, “and Chris has graded pretty good, so he got to work with the 1’s at the guard spot.”

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Brandon Boykin, Georgia’s career record-holder in kickoff return yards, also might return punts this year.

He is getting a serious look in the role this spring, along with Branden Smith, Tavarres King, Carlton Thomas and Rantavious Wooten.

“We’ve got to try all those guys; that’s what spring is for,” said Bryan McClendon, who coaches the punt-return unit. “Hopefully somebody is taking that job over pretty soon here.”

Boykin, a rising senior cornerback, has 1,813 career kickoff return yards, including an SEC-record three 100-yard returns.

As for why Boykin hasn’t returned punts in the past, McClendon noted that he already was playing a large number of snaps between defense and special teams. “But right now if he’s the best guy for the job, he’s the one that’s going to do it,” McClendon said.

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By all accounts, the defense dominated the offense in Tuesday’s practice.

“The defense pretty much got the best of us,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We got it kind of handed to us, but it’ll be interesting to see how we respond on Thursday to a little adversity we had [Tuesday].”

Coach Mark Richt didn’t meet with reporters Tuesday but said in a statement that the defense “pretty much shut down the offense.”

– Tim Tucker

Click here for an update on Washaun Ealey, who missed practice Tuesday with a hamstring injury.

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John galt

March 29th, 2011
9:27 pm

John Galt

March 29th, 2011
9:28 pm

And I didn’t say it, you moochers!

Who cares...

March 29th, 2011
9:41 pm

Who cares what these goons do. They’re all a bunch of losers.

Not John Galt

March 29th, 2011
9:42 pm

Who is John Galt?

If you don’t get it, don’t ask.

Atlas Shrugged

March 29th, 2011
9:45 pm

We are sooooooo honored to have the famous John Galt with us.

Galt for President. Elect him instead of the clown who’s in the White House now.

BigDawg

March 29th, 2011
9:47 pm

A second year with the new scheme should payoff greatly for the defense! Remember the first year on offense with Jim Donnan? Embarrassing!

JDawg1785

March 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

Good to hear things are clicking on D!

Jimmy

March 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

Anybody read about former UT QB Erik Ainge being a drug addict on the ESPN college football blog?? He said he basicallyed used coke and was also addicted to pain killers while playing at UT, his senior year of 07. He also said the team doctor gave him the pain killers, and when he stopped, he just got them from anyone who would sell them to him. He also mentioned how he was busted last year by Knoxville police but they let him go and local authorities never pressed charges.

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

Athens PD needs to take note! Every college town does this except for the APD, so all of you other SEC schools can suck it!

DustDAWG

March 29th, 2011
9:58 pm

DEFENSE wins Championships!!!!

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
9:59 pm

Sturdivant to start? You better have a GREAT replacement working to be the STARTER at a seconds notice.
Boykin returning punts sounds great. I figure with the Dawgs defense the other team will only punt maybe 3 times a game. Even Boykin can’t screw all 3 chances a game he will get.
Cordy will be much better this year. He can’t be any worse.
BLINDSIDE II the story of how A Murray forgives his teammates as he learns life’s lessons and how to walk again. It is a story of how Murray was TRAGICALLY Crippled in the UGA v MISS State game and couldn’t walk or 2 years. It seams the MSU Bulldogs were paying back UGA for Ben Jone’s attempted crippling of a MSU player in the 2010 game.

D A DoubleU G

March 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

What I am about to say is EXTREMELY selfish…….

As a UGA fan, I want Boykin returning EVERY kick the Dawgs receive this year. We need to use the talent we have while we still have it. I couldn’t care less about “trying to keep him healthy for the NFL”, since I really do not like nor care about the NFL. I felt the same way about AJ Green last year, since it was obvious we would be losing him early. I wanted to see him with the ball in his hands every opportunity we had despite any risk.

If Boykin were a sophomore or even a Junior, my thoughts on him returning punts may be a bit different. But damnit, I want him on the field every chance possible this year.

The NFL pucker up while I bend right over in front of them. Once a Dawg leaves the program, early or as a graduate, the only time I will pay them attention is on SportsCenter, and i may or may not give an “atta boy” when i hear their name called.

158 days.
Go Dawgs!!

JimDawg

March 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

I hope the Big Bean is back on the offensive line for good. He was sorely missed last year. He can clear a running lane like a bulldozer. Our ground game will be much improved with him in the starting line up, just you watch.

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

John Galt is Willy Galt’s slower brother that couldn’t play football either.

tide roll

March 29th, 2011
10:07 pm

Good news on Burnette’s progress. He belongs at Center however, with Anderson at Guard.

tide roll

March 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

But that won’t happen in a million years. Since when has Uga started their best five on the Offensive line?

D A DoubleU G

March 29th, 2011
10:09 pm

This year at G-Day I will undoubtedly be a bigger fan of the defense than the offense.

We all know what Aaron Murray is capable of doing.

If our D shuts him and the rest of our potent offense down, I will be more giddy than before the G-Day game about the fall.

Troll Power Ratings

March 29th, 2011
10:14 pm

Early Standings:

1) S@TB – unclever
2) tide (t)roll – needs new material

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
10:19 pm

TPR

And we care what you think why?
Was asking an HONEST question about D A DoubleU G’s ticket buying ability over his hours at the buffet. You do know he uses the DOUBLE U to represent his BUTT SHAPE. FAT and Round. If he was Thin/ Athletic built it would be a W or VV.

Shawn

March 29th, 2011
10:54 pm

I wonder whose O-line Tide troll coaches? He is such the expert. Sounds like he is a little sore about losing Ben Jones to UGA since he claims he does not belong starting there! Saban tried but could not get him so the troll is hating. It’s OK we’ll take Big Ben!
BTW, CMR is 3-1 VS Bammer so I think he may know what he is doing!

Preston

March 29th, 2011
11:05 pm

Cool to see the Atlas Shrugged attention. Anyone know if the movie will be played in any Atlanta theaters in April?

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
11:17 pm

Shawn
SABAN is 3-9 in SEC championships since 2000 What is Richt? Right is 2-10. Richt loses again. What is 2-9? That is Saban’s record in MNC/ BCS championships since 2000. What is Richt’s MNC/ BCS Championship record since 2001? well, it is 0-10. What is 2-10 since 2001? It is Richt’s SEC championships.

tony

March 29th, 2011
11:18 pm

I don’t totally blame Mr Richt for his lack of success at uga like most. I blame the sports director who hired him. The state of ga is a runningback state where the kids are accustomed to running the football whereas Mr Richt offensive scheme is more geared to pass the football.

The kids on the west are accustomed to passing the football than they are running the football which would of been a better fit for Mr Richt to coach at a university on the west coast where he could recruit the tpye of players that are geared to pass protect for his offensive schemes. Runningbacks and offensive lineman on the west coast are better blockers.

Vince Dooley almost won 3 national championships by pounding the football down the other team thoats. His qbs were average at best. We had 2 runningbacks from this state to win the heisman trophy. If Mr Richt want to win a championship at uga, he need to turn the program into a high power running team.

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
11:21 pm

Preston Neal Boortz is PUSHING for it. I don’t know what kind of pull he has but he is trying. It is somewhere in the ajc. I saw a blurb about it.

Miss St. defensive lineman

March 29th, 2011
11:39 pm

Are the dawg fans like shawn just consumed with hatred of Alabama? News just got worse. Bammer just won their 4th straight NIT game to advance to the NIT championship. Seems pretty obvious the selection committee screwed up in inviting the one and done dawgs over the team that whipped them twice in the last week of the season. The evidence is there for all to see. Clearly the dawgs did not deserve an NCAA berth over the Bammers.

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
11:42 pm

Miss St
How did Colorado do? are they still in the NIT? VCU should be in the NCAA after all, but BAMA and Colorado were the teams that some said should be there over VCU.

Still@theBar

March 29th, 2011
11:44 pm

Sorry MISS ST it seems BAMA beat Colorado by 1pt. Well I guess Colorado should have been in the NCAA too. UGA was a 10-10 in their last 20 games and lost their last 3 in a row. How did they make the TOURNEY?

just a fan

March 29th, 2011
11:51 pm

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/ex-auburn-tigers-players-reveal-pay-for-play-details-032911

This is a link to an article about a pay for play scam at Auburn. the interviews will be aired on HBO’s real sports on wed.

Gator for Richt

March 29th, 2011
11:53 pm

Hope is high in the spring!

I hope UGA is just good enought to keep Richt around for another year! We sure love him at Florida!

How about that UCF game!!!!!
Finish the Drill – are you kidding me????
4th and inches inside UCF 5 after driving the field – and you kick a field goal????

I told my buds right then and there – UCF just won the game as Richt was playing not to lose in a worthless bowl game – and that play lifted and empowered UCF>

UCF???
UCF?????

UGA would have been the 5th best football team in Florida last year – behind Florida, FSU, UCF and South Florida – no doubt about it.

UGA has now been passed by:
Alabama (since Saban arrived)
Auburn (national title = where’s UGA’s?)
Mississippi State (Dan Mullins – the man!)
Arkansas (Petrino!!!)
South Carolina (Spurriers team have totally outplayed UGA last two years)
LSU – very consistent – down years – will win 9 games – always competitive
Florida – has always been ahead of UGA the last 20 years
Spurrier, Zook, Urban and now Will!!!!!

No wonder D. Evans went to drink!

Please keep Mark Richt!!!!

Go Gators!!!

Tuna

March 29th, 2011
11:54 pm

1st team defense shuts down a Bobo led offense. Not a major news-story here, folks. Me and ten of my office mates (including the chick upfront that answers incoming calls) could predict what Bobo has in his game-plan. This is not anything to get super-excited about, believe me.

Still@theBar

March 30th, 2011
12:14 am

Tuna
I bet “The Chick Upfront” could do a damn good Nick Fairley impersonation on the Dawgs offensive line too.

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Bobo, Bobo, a pirate's life for me

March 30th, 2011
12:27 am

why not let Justin SW return kick-offs?? or punts…along with boykin

Greg

March 30th, 2011
12:34 am

Wow, our defense is getting the best of Bobo and the offense? Gosh, could that mean they might be as good as, dare I say, UCF???

Please spare me the crap about how many points our O scored against bottom feeders like Tennessee Tech, Vandy, Kentucky and Georgia Tech. In the Florida game, we scored 10 points in the first 3 quarters and, in the Auburn game, we scored 10 points in the last 3 quarters.

Bobo is to offensive coordinators what Ray Goff was to head coaches. He will lose us 2 or 3 games by himself this season with his idiotic play calling.

I know who John Galt is.

March 30th, 2011
12:50 am

John Galt is the All time leading poster in the history of sport posting, he also loves fatties. (PC)

Just got to be the Puppy Chow.

Shawn

March 30th, 2011
12:55 am

Gator for Richt, the only team you mention that has beaten Richt more than he has beat them is UF. He has dominated the rest of them.
Miss. St. D lineman, no we don’t hate Bama, just Tide Troll and his same repetitive statements!

Shawn

March 30th, 2011
1:01 am

BTW, Miss St, You are right. Bama should have been in the NCAA tourney over UGA. How idiotic is it to put UGA in over a team with a better record who beat them twice. However, we would probably be talking about how deep UGA is in the NIT and how Bama got put away in the first round now instead!

Hewitt Fan's Wife

March 30th, 2011
1:12 am

Shawn
All that DOMINANCE of the SEC by RICHT has produced 2 SEC titles and no CRYSTAL FOOTBALLS. Bama has 1, Florida has 2, LSU has 1. Where is Richt and Bobo’s Tiffany Crystal Football? UGA is so DOMINANT why no CRYSTAL FOOTBALL?

Bubbatavious

March 30th, 2011
1:41 am

Sturdivant will be a bust and Glenn will get burnt. Defense looks good? This means our offense is gonna suck big time I bet.

JE

March 30th, 2011
3:36 am

All this changing around and experimenting with different players at different positions can not be good if they are not getting great numbers of repititions.

JB

March 30th, 2011
6:08 am

Can anyone shut down a Boise WR? Not stay within 15 yards.

Dawg Gone

March 30th, 2011
8:19 am

Greg just a quick question if the D held our opponents to under 30 points last year how many games do we win? When you score 30 points on offense you really should win that game..we didn’t but I’m sure you and the rest of the trolls have a great reason that was Bobo fault??

hooch

March 30th, 2011
8:41 am

oh boy, another boring G-Day game with no offense.

RabidDawgFan

March 30th, 2011
8:56 am

Sturdivant should be our starting LT. The guy was a Freshman All-American in 07 but had bad luck with his knee in 08 and 09. If he had played both those seasons, he’d be one of the best LT’s in the nation and would be getting lots of NFL Draft pub. Probably still will after his senior season. I’m excited to see what Glenn can do at RT. He’s a real road grader; I just hope he can pass protect as well as he can run block because playing tackle is nothing like playing guard, when you play tackle your on an island, you have some help at guard.

On our defense, don’t look into it too much because the defense SHOULD be outplaying the offense in the spring. Installation and rust can affect an offense in the spring time. Timing, etc. I’d be worried if the defense wasn’t shutting down an offense now. Let’s just wait till fall to see if this defense has really turned the corner.

RabidDawgFan

March 30th, 2011
9:00 am

Our starting O-line should be: Sturdivant, Gates, Jones, Anderson, Glenn. That’s a beast of an O-line. All those boys are 315+. Glenn and Anderson being the biggest at 348, and 326 respectively give or take a biscuit. Our defense should be good but I really want to know our starters in the secondary. I have a pretty good feel about our front 7 and who will start there, but our secondary is a concern for me. I know Boykin will be one of our corners and Rambo will be one of our safeties, but the rest are up for grabs.

RabidDawgFan

March 30th, 2011
9:02 am

Excuse me, Glenn is 348, and Anderson is 342. Big ol boys.

RabidDawgFan

March 30th, 2011
9:05 am

Sorry for posting so much lol, but I’d run to the right side a lot this season. If both Anderson (RG) and Glenn (RT) are over there, that’s 700 pounds of man charging and trying to open up holes, not to mention Bruce Figgins (6′4, 272) charging through. I’d run to the right side more than half the time.

Jackson

March 30th, 2011
9:13 am

Defense dominates offense…. I love it. I think over the past three seasons, our offense outplayed our defense in scrimmage play. When fall rolled around, we saw that our defense was not very good and our offense was pedestrian. I love the fact that CTG has stepped up the game and is challenging the offense. This can only mean that our offense will have to improve. I would love for the D to take Bobo and the offense to the wood shed every day!!!! We all know D wins championships and it was UGA’s D that carried SEC championships, not the O. Instead of having the offense think they are better than they are, have them playing crazy because the D is dominating. It will force the O to work harder than ever and hopefully, instill the swagger of the old Junkyard D!

UGA Insider

March 30th, 2011
10:00 am

I have been telling you guys for weeks that this spring and summer will be scandalous one in the SEC. Especially at Auburn and UT. Now please turn your TV over to HBO tonight at 10 and get a glimpse of what I am talking about.

On a positive note…… The UGA defense is a nasty bunch and definitely has a different feel. The offense has major problems including someone who can make a clutch catch. Ealey is not healthy as well.

mcdawg

March 30th, 2011
10:25 am

are we the only team that flips out over who return punts??? Boykin needs to wrap up the ball on KO and punts

the Ainge thing now makes alot of sense since i thought he was a very good QB Sophmore year ?? (or junior) and really flopped his senior year

how much more can Auburn take before thet area completly tarnished program (or UT for that matter)

Pago Pago DAWG

March 30th, 2011
10:56 am

Actually, UGA could be the 8th best team in Florida after…UF, FSU, UM, UCF, USF,FIU and FAU.
Sad indeed.