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.