Georgia’s sophomore offensive lineman, a transfer from Georgia Military College, wasconsidered a strong candidate to start because of his size – 6-foot-8, 310 pounds – and his one year of playing experience at GMC, but he missed three-fourths of spring practice due to a knee injury and has struggled early in the fall to accept offensive line coach Stacy Searels’ coaching, Richt said.
“He wasn’t defiant, but I think he was probably kind of wondering, ‘Is this all worth it?’” Richt said. “I think he has decided he’s going to do it Coach Searels’ way. I think that’shelping him. It just takes a while for the guys to realize that there are no shortcuts, just do it coach’s way.”
Vance feels behind after missing so much time in spring, and he doesn’t know how much ground he has gained on true freshman starter Trinton Sturdivant at left tackle, he said.
“That’s up for the coaches to decide,” he said.
Vance, who is struggling with his footwork, still is getting all his repetitions on the second team, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said, which gives him a chance to practice against the Bulldogs’ starting defensive ends.
“So he has a chance to show what he can do,” Bobo said. “Both (Vance and Sturdivant) have got to get ready to play. We have to have three tackles ready to play.”