Injuries mounting on OL, secondary

Spring Ball

"That will be my goal as a coach,'' Richt said. "I like to get away from offensive versus defense on the last practice. At the end you want offensive guys pulling for defensive guys and defensive guys pulling for the offense.''

ATHENS, Ga.  - Georgia's first scrimmage of its spring football schedule gave a glimpse of the depth problems that threaten to complicate plans for its last scrimmage of the spring - the April 5 G-Day game.

Before giving the players time off for spring break, Coach Mark Richt put the team through a two-hour scrimmage at Sanford Stadium Thursday.

The practice was the eighth of the spring, marking the midpoint of the spring schedule that resumes March 25 when students return from spring break.

Richt said offensive guard Bartley Miller will miss the rest of the spring with a shoulder injury suffered earlier this week. The offensive line already was without tackle Dennis Roland (severely bruised shin) and offensive guard Josh Brock (sprained ankle).

Roland, Brock and Miller entered spring drills as projected starters on the line. Without the three, Georgia was left with five scholarship linemen Thursday.

Richt hopes Brock and Roland will return after spring break.

Meanwhile, the secondary was similarly depleted Thursday as the two starting cornerbacks - Bruce Thornton (hairline fracture in left foot) and Decory Bryant (shoulder) - and backup safety Greg Blue (broken bone in right hand) have been lost for the rest of spring. Thornton and Blue were in casts Thursday as they watched the scrimmage from the stands.

"You're going to get banged up some,'' said Richt of the rash of injuries.

"I don't think it's anything that's going to keep guys from being ready when (preseason) camp starts.''

Richt admitted the depth problems may make it difficult to stage the G-Day as a game instead of a controlled scrimmage, but he said he is determined to try.

"That will be my goal as a coach,'' Richt said. "I like to get away from offensive versus defense on the last practice. At the end you want offensive guys pulling for defensive guys and defensive guys pulling for the offense.''

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