A strongpoint coming into fall camp, the line suffered numerous injuries in the month of August.
Senior Cordy Glenn missed weeks with mononucleosis. Center Ben Jones had arthroscopic knee surgery. Senior Josh Davis sprained an ankle.
Weeks ago, Richt said his wish was to have the entire starting line together for at least the week building leading up to the season-opener.
That wish has been granted.
While there were tense moments spent adjusting for the injuries, now all three are 100 percent and working together as the starting unit.
Now with three practices left, the hope is this week will further the group’s chemistry and continuity.
“To get the offensive linemen back is great,” Richt said. “It helps a lot. We just weren’t in sync.”
Glenn lost 20 pounds while battling mono. The training staff advised him to drink multiple protein shakes each day to help gain back the lost weight.
“Obviously it’s been a little bit of a challenge, but it’s great to be back out there with my teammates,” Glenn said.
The news of Jones’ knee injury was worrisome, as are all injuries pertaining to the joint. But, Jones, who has his meniscus ligament trimmed, claims he could have returned to practice less than 72 hours after going under the knife.
“I knew I could’ve practiced two or three days out,” Jones said. “I just had to make sure I had my strength”
Originally told he would miss two-to-three weeks, Jones was back in less than two.
Now, the same line that performed brilliantly against Georgia Tech and Texas A&M to finish 2009, and opened fall camp together, is back intact.
“That’s a big part of the O-Line, working together, getting the feel, everybody’s blocks,”Jones said. “But we have a week to get back, and that’s plenty of time to get back together.”
Depth chart changes
Georgia released an updated depth chart Monday, complete with a few changes and mild surprises.
Senior Akeem Dent was listed as a starter at middle linebacker. Dent missed almost all of fall camp, but coaches and players say his experience and knowledge makes him a valuable asset to the defense.
Nick Williams is listed as the starter opposite Bacarri Rambo at safety, but junior Jakar Hamilton said he, instead, was the starter after practice Monday.
Richt confirmed Hamilton was the current starter at free safety, but added Williams will see playing time.
Also, senior Brandon Wood is listed as a starter at defensive end, but the defensive line as a whole is in flux, as indicated by Richt.
“Depends on what day it is, I guess,” he said