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Baby dogs

August 6, 2003

Athens, GA.-- It is no secret that the biggest question mark for the Georgia Bulldogs this season will be the offensive line. The Dogs graduated all five starters from last year's SEC championship team, and this year will count on several young bodies to fill the void left by those seniors.

Sophmores Josh Brock and Max Jean-Gilles are the only lineman that have starting experience, although fellow sophomores Bartley Miller, Russ Tanner and Dennis Roland also saw some playing time in 2002.

Head coach Mark Richt says he expects the Bulldogs to go through some growing pains in the early goings but is more worried about not having enough depth up front.

One player Richt can count on to help bring the younger players along is senior tight end Ben Watson, who passed up the NFL for one final year in Athens.

"In spring practice I was looking over like, where's Jon? Where's Alex? Where's Kareem? I'm sitting there like, there's totally different faces and that's going to be important for me to help those guys along," Watson said.

"When we finally get to the point of game planning just Clemson and no one else, we'll see how far along they are and we'll do only as much as they can do," coach Mark Richt said.

Georgia's opener at Clemson is August the 30th. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com