The Georgia Bulldogs enter 2012 with most of their stout 2011 defense intact (minus a temporarily suspension riddled secondary), as well as Isaiah Crowell and Aaron Murray in the backfield on offense. So naturally, UGA fans greeting Mark Richt on the offseason banquet and alumni dinner circuit are just terrified about the offensive line.
The Athens Banner-Herald followed Richt through such a meeting in Savannah, where the departure of several NFL bound big men Cordy Glenn (second round, Buffalo Bills), center Ben Jones (fourth, Houston Texans) and Justin Anderson (seventh, Indianapolis Colts) was the topic at hand:
"You’d love to be two-deep, but it rarely, rarely happens that you’ve got 10 guys that you think are game-ready," Richt said in an interview before the event. "The reality is it’s usually anywhere between six and eight. We’re shooting for that."
"Their goal is to allow your skill people to make plays," Richt said. "That’s their job. Even in the spring game, we saw more plays being made by our running backs and quarterbacks than we’d seen all spring long. I don’t think there’s any doubt those guys improved. If they’ve improved enough, I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see."
Richt named a variety of potential replacements - Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette, Dallas Lee, Kolton Houston, Mark Beard and David Andrews - but didn't elaborate on specific jobs won until fall practice begins in August.