July 28, 2009

Depth chart breakdown: The Offense

For those who haven't received a copy of the 2009 Georgia football media guide, inside they have the preseason depth chart for the upcoming campaign.

Granted, the one listed is only a guide and does not account for the incoming freshmen.

Today, UGASports breaks down the Bulldogs' preseason depth chart, what players are initially slated to start where and how the incoming freshmen could fit into the mix.

Offensive Line: One thing about the offensive line is to take what you see with a grain of salt.

The best five linemen are going to ultimately start, which is why the lineup that's currently listed in the 2009 media guide is certainly subject to change.

Here's how it currently stands.

Junior Clint Boling (6-5, 297) is listed as the starter at left tackle ahead of Trinton Sturdivant (6-5, 306) and A.J. Harmon (6-5, 310). But probably not for long: Providing there are no setbacks, Sturdivant, who is back 100 percent, will likely regain the starting role at left tackle, freeing the versatile Boling to play where he feels more comfortable, probably at right tackle, where sophomore Cordy Glenn (6-5, 330) is currently pegged as the starter ahead of junior Casey Nickels (6-4, 274) and senior Vince Vance (6-8, 325).

If Boling does slide over to the right side, Glenn will ease back to left guard where Tanner Strickland (6-5, 328) was listed as the starter before a season-ending shoulder injury ended his season. Don't forget about junior Chris Davis (6-4, 290). The Jefferson native is recovering from hip surgery but will be ready for the start of camp and will contend for the starting job at left and right guard, where redshirt sophomore Justin Anderson (6-5, 328) is penciled in as the preseason starter.

Vance, who like Boling can play four of the five positions on the offensive line, will also be in the hunt while redshirt sophomore Ben Harden (6-6, 303) will try to improve his stock as a valid member of the rotation. Junior Josh Davis (6-6, 300) is supposedly ahead of schedule in regards to his rehabilitation from surgeries on both shoulders but will have to get complete healthy before he becomes a factor.

As for center, nobody's knocking sophomore Ben Jones (6-3, 294) out of his starting role although junior Kevin Perez (6-3, 270) has bumped back in front of true freshman Dallas Lee (6-4, 294) for the No. 2 spot.

Freshmen of impact: Searels will watch very closely to see how quickly Troup County's Chris Burnette picks up the system. If he can, there could be a chance for backup snaps at either guard position, although barring any more injuries, Georgia may decide to redshirt the 6-2, 300-pounder.

Running backs: Along with defensive end, this will be the most-watched position for the Bulldogs. According to the preseason depth chart, redshirt sophomore Caleb King has enjoyed a tremendous summer workout and goes into camp as the No. 1 back, followed by sophomore Richard Samuel (6-2, 216), redshirt freshman Carlton Thomas (5-7, 184), redshirt freshman Dontavius Jackson and junior walk-on Kalvin Daniels. But just like the situation on the offensive line, don't etch this pecking order in stone quite yet.

Although it would appear that King does appear to have the early advantage, running backs coach Bryan McClendon has made it perfectly clear that every one of his backs will get an equal shot in camp to show what they can do.

Freshmen of impact: Washaun Ealey will get a close look as well. The 5-11, 205-pounder will get his chance and if McClendon and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo deem him ready, he'll get his chance to play.

Fullbacks: No surprises here. Junior Shaun Chapas (6-2, 242), junior Fred Munzenmaier (6-2, 236) and senior walk-on Justin Fields (6-1, 244) go into preseason 1-2-3 and will remain that way.

Freshmen of impact: None

Tight ends: Bruce Figgins will miss the first six games due to his suspension for violating team rules, leaving redshirt sophomore Aron White (6-4, 232) atop the depth chart. Uconn transfer Derek Rich (6-2, 256) enjoyed a solid spring and G-Day game and will battle redshirt freshman Bryce Ros (6-4, 250) for backup duties.

Freshmen of impact: Look for Orson Charles to make an immediate impact at the position. At 6-3 and 232 pounds, teammates feel that the Tampa native is ready to become a star and coaches won't hesitate to use Charles in a number of ways. You'll see Charles line up in the traditional tight end set and from the slot position as a receiver where his size and speed should create significant mismatches for both linebackers and safeties trying to keep up.

Fellow freshman Arthur Lynch (6-5, 260) doesn't get as much love as Charles, but physically, the Massachusetts' native is SEC-ready right now and will play a big role as well.

Quarterback: Again, no surprises. Joe Cox is the starter with Logan Gray currently penciled in at No. 2.

Freshmen of impact: Although it would still quantify as a surprise if Gray did not wind up the No. 2 quarterback behind Cox, head coach Mark Richt suggested during Media Days that both Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger would be given the opportunity to compete with Gray for the No. 2 spot. But even if that were to happen, Richt also said that special packages are being designed for the athletic Gray, who could be used as the point man for any "Wildcat" formation the Bulldog could decide to employ.

Wide receiver: When practice gets underway Aug. 4, sophomore A.J. Green will be the starter at flanker with redshirt freshman Tavarres King getting the nod at split end, backed up by walk-ons Marquise Brown and Zach Renner. Senior Michael Moore (6-1, 207) is listed as Green's top backup, but can also play split end, as can redshirt sophomore Israel Troupe.

Freshmen of impact: Lots of impact here. Marlon Brown (6-5, 205) brings a big body with great hands and good speed to the table and can play both the Z and X positions on the field. Ditto for Rantavious Wooten (5-10, 172). Wooten has big-play potential every time he gets his hands on the football. Both Brown and Wooten will play and play a lot.

Kickers: Sophomore Blair Walsh is back and sits atop the depth chart but he'll have to fend off Grossmont Junior College transfer Brandon Bogotay who Richt has said will get a chance to battle for the starting job. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but odds are, Walsh will retain his duties on field goals and extra points with Bogotay handling kickoffs.

Tomorrow: The defense.

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