Report: Georgia may be down another offensive lineman as camp opens

Georgia apparently has lost another offensive lineman, at least for a while.

DawgPost.com, the Scout/Fox Sports website that covers the Bulldogs, cited sources in reporting that sophomore tackle Austin Long will miss at least the first two weeks of preseason camp after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. Two persons familiar the situation have confirmed that report to the AJC, but I haven’t gotten any official confirmation from UGA yet. Spokesperson Claude Felton said he was unaware of Long being sidelined.

If it’s true, that means the Bulldogs are down to six scholarship offensive linemen who have even one snap of experience, including the five starters. Georgia has lost three other offensive linemen since spring practice. Redshirt freshman guard Brent Benedict and junior tackle A.J. Harmon transferred to other schools and senior tackle Trinton Sturdivant was lost to a knee injury.

Georgia signed five freshmen offensive linemen in its 2011 recruiting class: David Andrews, Watts Dantzler, Zach DeBell, Hunter Long and Xzavier Ward.

Long, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound redshirt sophomore, was considered the top lineman in Tennessee when he signed with the Bulldogs out of Briarcrest Christian Academy in Memphis in 2009. He was listed as the backup to Justin Anderson at right tackle heading into camp.

Long has had a hard time getting on the field. Back surgery before he got to UGA resulted in a redshirt year and he did not play last season as he continued to rehabilitate that injury.

Meanwhile, the players were on Spec Towns Track this morning trying to make their times for a running test. UGA is not providing us with the information from those tests but, for what it’s worth, we know from Facebook that Big John Jenkins “passed with flying colors.”

Today is all about testing, physicals and orientation for the Bulldogs. Real football doesn’t start happening until 4:20 p.m. tomorrow when they embark on the first of 29 practice opportunities between now and the Sept. 3 opener against Boise State. Apparently getting some young offensive linemen ready to play will be a priority.

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RxDawg

August 3rd, 2011
1:30 pm

Bummer. Get well soon Long (heh, oxymoron)

red&silver

August 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

One more day until practice! Let’s go Dawgs! BTW..First

Dawg_Mike

August 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Hell, put the freshmen in there…

BP-85

August 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Thank God we picked up Kenarious Gates at the last minute two recruiting classes ago.

Jail yard Dawg

August 3rd, 2011
1:35 pm

Isreal Troupe was arraigned in Athens Municipal Court yesterday. Anyone know why?

McDawg

August 3rd, 2011
1:37 pm

well at least he won’t get hurt (unless he is riding a scooter)

AL E. GATOR

August 3rd, 2011
1:37 pm

No excuses – all college teams deal with injuries, transfers and depth. UGA’s starters will be ready -and if one player goes down – you plug in the next one.

I remember plenty of my own Gator buds crying that if Tebow was not playing hurt – UGA would never have beaten us a few years ago. I counter that if DJ Shockley was not hurt – and played insted of his back-up in 2005 – UGA would have beaten us.

See you in JAX – and it will be interesting to see if UGA fires Richt after getting beat by the 4th coaching staff at Florida.

D A DoubleU G

August 3rd, 2011
1:39 pm

Mono is usually contracted by kissing.

Any wonder as to why no Georgia Tech player has come down with mono is known memory??

Get well soon, haus.

GT FURY

August 3rd, 2011
1:39 pm

I’ve never known any GT players to ever get Mono. Isn’t it the ‘kissing’ disease? Oh, I think I know why now.

AL E. GATOR

August 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

Jail yard Dawg – probably for improper impersonation of a D1 football player. I hear Richt and Bobo will be arraigned next! BA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Will

August 3rd, 2011
1:41 pm

Is CMR a closet pot-head? What’s the deal with 4:20?

AL E. GATOR

August 3rd, 2011
1:42 pm

The kissing disease that GT players have come down with Hemerrhoid Lips. Tossed Salad anyone?

UGA Insider

August 3rd, 2011
1:43 pm

Where is the A-Hole that was on here yesterday telling me that none of the true freshman were going to play this year on OLine!!!! Hello…… they are all going to have to play. Thanks for leaving us in such a mess Searles. You suck!

AL E. GATOR

August 3rd, 2011
1:44 pm

Will – not sure I understand your post – 4:20? what is this relevent to?

Will

August 3rd, 2011
1:46 pm

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2011
1:47 pm

Is he out for the year?

Shouldn’t be but he will definitely have some catching up to do since mono makes you weak and he will most likely lose 20 pounds at least.

Gotta wonder if we are going to see some defensive linemen switch over for depth

@D A DoubleU G... better hope it's not contagious. i hear those coach T mat drills can get nasty if you know what i mean...

August 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

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UGA Insider

August 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

AL E. Gator,

Ask the Gator players what 420 is. They definitely know.

Warp Drive 1

August 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Al – e gator – responding to your 1:42 post – you must be talking from experience. You need to cut your break – the afternoon mail run is behind schedule.

Troll Police

August 3rd, 2011
1:51 pm

Chip Towers,

I have always admired your quick draw approach to banning antagonist trolls on your blogs.

How about pulling the trigger on this “Al E. Gator” character……

Thanks! (must suck to be a Techie living vicariously through the success of a Gator)

D A DoubleU G

August 3rd, 2011
1:53 pm

DawginLex,

Mark Weiszer is reporting he is only out for 2 weeks or so. Surely he will weaken, but hopefully he will be close to 100% by Boise, and certainly by South Cackalacky.

zulucanibal

August 3rd, 2011
1:54 pm

A Gator fan not knowing what 420 is? That kinda like a Gatech student not knowing what a blow up doll is.

full of it

August 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

hey i am from idaho and hate bsu with a freaking passion i actually have been a uga fan for years now anyways i was wondering who vegas has favored to win the game? i have looked for the odds but can find em.. any help?

AL E. GATOR

August 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Warp Drive 1 – Touche my friend. Beam me up Scotty – got to prepare for 4:20!

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2011
1:58 pm

boise is now favored by 1.5, it was at 6

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 3rd, 2011
2:00 pm

That new strength and conditioning program may have pushed the kid too hard.

Mono can take quite a while to recover from.

The kid’s conditioning might not be back to full form until mid-season.

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2011
2:01 pm

Here is the OL at the moment

Starters:
Glenn-LG
Gates-LT
Jones-C
Burnette-RT
Anderson-RG

All have played, all are huge and all have great talent.

The rest:

A Long
H long
W Dantzler
D andrews
Z Debell
K Houston
X Ward
D Lee

No experience. Several true freshmen. Who is the 6th player with experience out of that group?

1st group better stay healthy

Born2Bark

August 3rd, 2011
2:01 pm

I’m really crossing my fingers the OLine doesn’t sustain any serious injuries! I feel really good about our starting 5 and think Ben Jones and Cordy will be great leaders and teachers for the pups. Liked what I saw out of Gates last year too. Too bad Debell still needs to gain more weight bc I’ve heard he’s going to be the man. Watts may be the only frosh physically ready to help out.
Excited about a MUCH better year than last year. GO DAWGS!

JYD

August 3rd, 2011
2:02 pm

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August 3rd, 2011
2:02 pm

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IMO

August 3rd, 2011
2:03 pm

Or a UGA fan not realizing it’s actually his sister he’s having “relations” with and not his girlfriend/wife. Oh, I’m sorry I forgot those people are one-in-the-same for you guys.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 3rd, 2011
2:03 pm

Better hope those kids play not to get hurt.

Thats when the injuries tend to happen.

full of it

August 3rd, 2011
2:03 pm

thanks i sure in the heck hope uga can beat em i cant take anymore of these inbred idiotic fans saying how legit bsu is

Dawgy Style

August 3rd, 2011
2:03 pm

Tallahassee, Florida

Named the #2 most pot smoking city in the United States,[7] thousands observe 4/20 in Tallahassee. Some major places are the Florida State University and Florida A & M University campuses, numerous Tallahassee greenways, and industrial district (All Saints/Railroad Square).

Nate the Great

August 3rd, 2011
2:06 pm

@full of it: I think it opened at +6 for uga and is now +1. So Boise is favored but most pro betters don’t think they’ll win hence the swing in points. Good sing for uga and Boise haters

RabidDawgFan

August 3rd, 2011
2:07 pm

It’s just mono guys. He’ll be back in a few weeks and we’ll be fine. Nothing to see here. Goodness gracious. Way to make a big deal out of something to make it seem like UGA’s season is going down the drain thanks to a backup lineman. They did the same thing with Carlton Thomas. CARLTON THOMAS??!!! He never plays! We just need the starting O-line to be healthy. That’s all that matters to me.

Dawgy Style

August 3rd, 2011
2:07 pm

” it will be interesting to see if UGA fires Richt after getting beat by the 4th coaching staff at Florida.”
If he beats the big bad GT he gets another year.

Warp Drive 1

August 3rd, 2011
2:09 pm

Troll Police – No harm – no foul with Al E Gator….. or zulucanibal for that matter. Why so sensitive?
The you proceed to slam Tech in the same post? You must hate your CEO!

Tech fans read about tickle piles, blow up dolls, etc every day – most from UGA fans.
UGA fans read about Bobo, Richt – UCF, Colorado, stupid football players, 4/5 star recruits yet going 6-7 – getting our recruited by Saban – everyday – most from Bama or Gator fans.
Clemson fans read ……. well, they are such a nonentity – there is nothing written about CLEMPSON!

My point is – as long as a recruit’s character is being bullied, posts are not racial, and the posts against rival schools are not too over the top and in good fun – who cares?

Now, if you can excuse me, I need to get back to my blow-up doll to practice for this afternoon’s next tickle pile at rose bowl field. Me and the rest of my tech buddies are then going to watch my gator employees cut my grass this evening – then watch dawg grads serve my dinner at the waffle house!

GeoffDawg

August 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm

IMO, I think you have us confused with Auburn and/or UT.

how2fish

August 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm

Hope for a speedy recovery ! Go Dawgs!

Tobias Funke

August 3rd, 2011
2:12 pm

The AJC has officially changed the Sports section to “Doom & Gloom.”

GeoffDawg

August 3rd, 2011
2:15 pm

In related news, IMO’s mom has also come down with mono…

Dawg Tell

August 3rd, 2011
2:17 pm

I have said it several times on this blog and have been criticized for stating it.Make Lynch a Offensive Tackle.I know he has played TE all of his football career.But what good Offensive Tackle he would make. Also look at the numbers a TE,Charles,White,Rome and Lynch.Everybody on the team including coaches that he is strong,great feet, good hands,and also has the size since last year.If not;we better do something.It is starting to look bad on the O/L.I hope there are no more injuries.

jerry

August 3rd, 2011
2:19 pm

What the … Boise St. favored over an SEC team in it’s home state. Coaching their 2 and 3 star players is BS’s only chance. UGA by 28, easy.

GeoffDawg

August 3rd, 2011
2:20 pm

Dawg Tell – that’s an interesting point. Especially with the TE depth we already have. Do we know Lynch’s height/weight?

Tobias Funke

August 3rd, 2011
2:21 pm

I can see Lynch moving to OL. Reports out of Athens is that Lynch’s body has been completely transformed through the new S & C. I believe he is about 6′5″ and 270.

Dawg Trainer

August 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Speaking of 420…I wonder if Maui Zowie is still being grown? Probably not, the last time I indulged was over 30 years ago (yes I was a crazy college kid back then)

iago's yoda

August 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

@Tobias Funke- Munson’s writing for the ajc now? I almost blue myself!

Dawg Tell

August 3rd, 2011
2:24 pm

@GeoffDawg-Last time I read he was 6′6 and around 275.Add another 10 to 15 Lbs and he would make a good L/T.

this dawg want hunt!!

August 3rd, 2011
2:26 pm

Glenn had mono last year and he never fully regained his strength the whole season. Now it is clear why S.S left,He knew the O.L. was a disaster. But hey Richt knows what the hell he is doing and that means when it comes to recruiting depth. At least now he already has excuses for this year. BoBo is already crying about how unnerving the attrition is, it will be fun to watch these 2 crybabies this season. Let the destruction of the UGA continue