Thursday, August 5, 2010

Preview – Offensive Line – Right Tackle


Josh Davis returned from an injury and started the last half of 2009 at right tackle, there’s no questioning the fact that the offensive line played better with him than without. The 6-6, 310 pound senior is healthy to start fall camp but will still have to battle for the starting position.
With the return of Trinton Sturdivant at left tackle, Clint Boling has been working on the right side with the first unit and the potential All American will start at one of the two positions. Boling and Davis have played both positions and with three consecutive noon kickoffs, Coach Stacy Searels will have several options to rotate experienced players into the game.
Sophomore A. J. Harmon, 6-5, 310 is capable of playing both left and right tackle, if Sturdivant remains healthy and reclaims the starting job, Harmon will back him up on the left side. If Boling and Sturdivant rotate at left tackle, Harmon will backup Davis on the right side.
More options for coach Searels.
Incoming freshmen Kolton Houston, 6-5, 285 and Kenarious Gates, 6-5, 300 will get the opportunity to compete for a backup position, one of the two will likely take a redshirt. Gates has already caught the attention of both coach Searels and head coach Mark Richt with his effort the first week of camp.
It’s obvious that only five will play at a time but the Dawgs have more depth on the offensive line than they have enjoyed in many seasons, provided everyone stays healthy. It’s also possible that the final depth chart positions will not be settled until after the season starts. Since we had Boling penciled in on the left side, we’ll go with Davis as the starter.
Depth Chart:
Josh Davis, Senior, 6-6, 310, 9 starts
A. J. Harmon, Sophomore, 6-5, 310
Kenarious Gates, Freshman, 6-6, 300
Kolton Houston, Freshman, 6-5, 285

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