One criticism that has surrounded the Georgia Bulldogs over the last couple of years has been the inexperience of the offensive line. The inexperience has been due to the injuries the line has dealt with over the last year or two.
In 2007, the Bulldogs entered the year with true freshman Trinton Sturdivant playing left tackle, true freshman Clint Boling playing right guard, and red-shirt freshman Chris Davis playing left guard. These three freshman joined two seniors, Fernando Velasco and Chester Adams on a line that surrendered only 15 sacks for the entire year.
They also blocked for an offense that averaged 177 yards rushing a game and paved the way for a 1,000 yard rusher in Knowshon Moreno. During the 2007 season, they went on to produce victories over Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech and a thrashing of Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.
Entering the spring of 2008, hopes were high for this talented group. However, Trinton Sturdivant was the first to go down with a season ending knee injury, and shoulder problems would keep most of the line from participating in spring drills.
Clint Boling would move to left tackle and garner All-SEC honors in 2008, while Chris Davis would move to the right guard position. Joining these two sophomores on the line would be a third sophomore Josh Davis and two more freshman; Ben Jones at center and Cordy Glenn at left guard.
All ten lineman on the depth chart in 2008 would see action. They would pull it all together to only give up 17 sacks. They would also average 148 yards rushing and Knowshon Moreno would wind up over the 1,000 yard plateau for the second straight year.
The 2009 spring is different. The freshman laden lines of 2007-08 are no longer young and inexperienced. The Bulldogs get Sturdivant back at left tackle, freeing up Boling to move back to right guard or maybe even right tackle.
Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn are now sophomores with one year of starting in the SEC under their belts. Chris Davis has two years of starting experience and the junior will be considered the old man of the group.
The experience these young men have been pushed into over the years have made them battle-tested. They have already been to war with the Gators, Volunteers, and Yellow Jackets.
This group is ready for the upcoming season with one thing on their minds and that is to prove that Georgia will be a force to be reckoned with in 2009.