October 27, 2009

Richt vague on o-line changes

Will Georgia's offensive line feature a different look for Saturday's game against Florida?

Head coach Mark Richt danced around that question when asked during Tuesday's press conference at Stegeman Coliseum.

"We don't have a lot of choices so I don't see a lot of change there," Richt said. "The guys have been playing will continue to play; we may move some around a little bit but I'm not even sure of that. But it will be the same ones, the two Davis' (Chris and Josh), Cordy (Glenn) and (Vince) Vance, Ben (Jones) and Bean (Justin Anderson), they'll play."

Whether or not they stay in their current positions remains to be seen.

UGASports has learned that offensive line coach Stacy Searels is considering moving Boling back to left tackle and Vance back to right tackle, with Glenn sliding to left guard and Chris Davis to right guard.

Boling started the last seven games at left tackle last fall, including last year's 49-10 loss to the Gators.

Either way, both Boling and Vance figure to have their hands full trying to contain Florida's defensive end tandem of Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham who lead the Gators with five and four sacks, respectively.

"They're outstanding. It's probably not a one-man job to block those guys. We'll do what we do against a lot of the great pass rushers and try to get some help from backs, get some help from tight ends and help by just sliding a certain protection toward a certain guy, knowing that if a tackle gets beat inside hopefully there will be a guard waiting to help out. All those type things will have to be considered; then we have to hope we don't get in too many situations where we've just got to flat out throw the ball. We hope to be in down and distances where we don't have to be in those situations."

Heat a factor?

Temperatures Saturday in Jacksonville are calling for the upper-80s and Richt is concerned the conditions may become a factor, considering the Bulldogs have been practicing recently in cool weather.

"The heat could certainly become a factor; heat and humidity certainly can become a factor in the game," Richt said. "We've just got to make sure we're ready to substitute."

Wide receiver A.J. Green is certainly hoping for warm conditions.

"Man, I hope so," Green said. "Skill-position guys don't like it when it's cold."

Actually, the weather is the least of Richt's worries.

He's more concerned with how his team will handle the constant barrage of noise due to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium being divided evenly among fans from Georgia and Florida.

"When you have half-and-half there are enough people to create enough noise to cause a problem," Richt said. "When they've got the ball we'll have enough fans to make it loud for Florida and they'll have enough to make it tough for us when we're on offense. It's the constant volume that can sometimes be difficult to deal with."

Boling missed end of Bama-UT game

For his bye weekend, Clint Boling and Kevin Perez hung out with teammate Ben Jones and attended Saturday's game in Tuscaloosa between Alabama and Tennessee.

However, the trio wasn't around to see the end of the game when Alabama's Terrance Cody blocked a last-second field goal to hold off the Vols 12-10.

"We ended up catching the end on somebody's tailgate," Boling said. "But there were a lot of other people who were walking out with us. I guess a lot of people thought it was over."

Boling laughed when asked if he was recognized.

"No, offensive linemen don't get recognized," Boling said. "A couple of people from Ben's hometown recognized him, but not me and Perez. Being incognito can be a good thing sometimes."

This and that

Fullback Shaun Chapas said he will definitely play in Saturday's game. Chapas sat out the contest against Vanderbilt with shoulder burners. … David Shipley, a law professor and former dean of the UGA Law School will succeed Jere W Morehead as the school's faculty athletics representative effectives July 1, 2010.

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