September 27, 2009

Richt wants improvement from OL

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he didn't have to look at the film to know that his Bulldogs' offensive line didn't enjoy one of its better outings Saturday against Arizona State.

The Bulldogs' failure to establish a running game and inability to finish blocks wore heavily on Richt following Georgia's 20-17 victory. Nothing had changed by Sunday afternoon.

"It was not a whole different than what I had said," Richt said. "They (ASU) did a good job against us, but there's no question we've got to do a better job up front."

Richt admits injuries haven't helped the O-line's cause.

Losing Trinton Sturdivant (knee) and Tanner Strickland (shoulder for the year) has put Georgia at somewhat of a disadvantage, but with the experience the Bulldogs still have, some of the mistakes that are being made should still not be happening.

"That's (injuries) been an issues and we're just now starting to get Josh (Davis) back," Richt said. "There have been some games where the line has played beautifully, but this game in particular wasn't one of the best, I can say that. We've got to get after it and start playing smart."

In other words, Richt wants to start seeing the line eliminating some of the silly penalties that have plagued it in recent weeks.

Right tackle Clint Boling said position coach Stacy Searels hasn't been pleased.

"He's not happy about it, that's for sure," Boling said Sunday. "We've got to be more focused. I had a couple of mistakes like that. We've got to stay focused, pay more attention to the snap count, things like that."

One change has already taken place.

Sophomore Cordy Glenn made his first career start at left tackle against Arizona State and Richt hinted that the former Riverdale standout may have found a new home.

"It could well be. We still haven't totally decided, but he (Glenn) did a nice job on (Dexter) Davis Saturday, blocked him very well so we may keep him out there," Richt said. "We had plans to use Vince (Vance) some on the outside, but decided to just rotate at the guard position. We're still deciding how we want to do that."

NOTES: Quarterback Joe Cox said his two interceptions Saturday came on identical skinny post routes. "The first one we missed a stunt inside. He (Cox) was about to get blasted in the mouth and he threw it little sooner than he wanted to and that was a big part of that one. The second one, he could have gone to his secondary receiver." … Georgia (3-1) moved up to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25. … Boling wore a brace around his right wrist but said it was just for precautionary reasons. … Defensive tackle Jeff Owens said he was surprised to see Brandon Wood get in the game Saturday. "We thought he was going to redshirt," Owens said. Wood saw time at both defensive tackle and defensive end.

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