Dawgs have emergency OL plan ready
Neil Callaway
Neil Callaway
Dawg Post Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2006

ATHENS – Georgia had its emergency offensive line plan set before the first snap of the fall, which came Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs will be perilously close to enacting that plan from now until the third game of the season, when starting tackle Dan Inman returns from a two-game suspension. As of now, Georgia has just two experienced tackles, Michael Turner and Ken Shackleford.

If either of them is hurt, starting tight guard Chester Adams will move back to tackle, where he played as a freshman, and backup split guard Zeb McKinzey will move to tight guard, offensive line coach Neil Callaway said.

“They can’t get hurt,” Callaway said. “If they get hurt, they’ve still got to play.”

McKinzey is Fernando Velasco’s backup at tight guard.

The depth issues will put more spotlight on incoming freshmen linemen Chris Davis and Josh Davis, but Callaway was unwilling Saturday to speculate on which of those players might have a chance to contribute.

“It’s so hard to tell. It’s a different ball game (in college),” he said. “We’ll get the pads on in a couple days, and we’ll start making evaluations then.”

(True freshman John Miller hasn’t been cleared for contact after offseason shoulder surgery and probably won’t play this season.)

Coach Mark Richt would like to redshirt every freshman offensive lineman in this class, he said.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to because one or two of them may have to be starters for us next year,” he said.

Kevin Perez is the only other freshman lineman to qualify this year. He currently is listed as the No. 2 center, but McKinzey will be trained at center as well, Callaway said.

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